Upcoming Featured Courses  

RYA Powerboat Level II
Join the course by using our Contact Us form


24-30 Aug – S/V Swansong – Brisbane to Airlie
2-8 Sept – Airlie to Brisbane (able to complete RYA Coastal Skipper)

RYA Competent CrewRYA Day Skipper
5-Day, Brisbane, live-aboard RYA courses

Cost: from $2,100 (accommodation and onboard meals included)

1-day, Introduction to Sail – join a group and experience the ropes!

Cost: from $360/person

To learn more and book, call us on (07) 3396 4100 or email sailing@southerncrossyachting.com.au


Southern Cross Yachting – A Premier Sail Training Centre

Brief Overview

Southern Cross Yachting is Australia’s original, accredited RYA sail training centre, established in 1996. We offer one-day, weekend and five-day sailing courses, private tuition on clients’ sail and power boats, bareboat charter preparation courses and offshore mile builders along the southeast Queensland coast.

Our shore-based theory courses are offered to build navigation, safety and maintenance skills for sail and power boat operators. These include classroom and online navigation, sailing lessons, marine radio, safety & sea survival, diesel engine, radar and yacht maintenance are some of the topics covered in our shore-based theory courses. Come join us for some fun on the water!

Our RYA training centre office is located at East Coast Marina in Wynnum-Manly, QLD.

Southern Cross Yachting provides a one-stop shop for all of your yacht training needs! We’ll be happy to help you get started on your next great adventure!

Get in Touch Today!

Interested in taking sailing lessons? Contact Southern Cross Yachting and learn a new skill or brush up on old ones. Call us at 07 3396 4100.

About Our Courses – For any level

Looking for a new challenge? Or, brushing up on existing yacht skills? With something for everyone, there’s sure to be a course that’s perfect for you. Southern Cross Yachting offers a variety of courses to help you get started. From beginner to advanced levels, our sailing school is the best choice around.

Our most popular courses include an introduction to yacht sailing covering the basics of handling a yacht and sails; a snippet of navigation, where you’ll observe how to chart a course and navigate safely as well as essential skills like tying knots and anchoring. We also have more specialized courses like advanced navigation, meteorology, and marine engines, all leading to the highly skilled Yachtmaster qualification.


Sailing is one of the most freeing and exhilarating experiences you can have on the water, and with our beginner sailing courses, it’s easier than ever to learn the basics and get started. Whether you’re dreaming of sailing around the world or just want to enjoy some time on the water, our sailing lessons will give you the skills and confidence you need to make your dreams a reality.  From learning how to steer a yacht to understanding boat safety, our beginner courses cover everything you need to get started.  Carried out over a single day, weekend or 5-day block, each course requires no prior knowledge or experience.


Let’s set sail! Our range of intermediate courses are for those with crewing confidence who are ready to take their skills to the next level.  Students can use their existing sea time to jump up to the next level, RYA Day Skipper as well as international qualifications which are used to charter yachts.  RYA qualifications and certifications are often used to gain discounts by many marine insurers. Complete your course in Manly or the Whitsundays. We guarantee you’ll have a blast and come away feeling confident and ready to take on the world (or at least the open seas). So what are you waiting for? Set sail today!


Sail away to your next adventure with our range of advanced sailing courses! Choose between skippering a yacht across the pristine coastal waters or taking an intensive course covering the more advanced coastal techniques including position fixing, course shaping and more. Advanced sailors can prep and take a Yachtmaster exam to test their skippering ability or partake in an RYA training centre Coastal Skipper course, each over a five-day block.

Fast Track

For those who have a passion for the open waters, take on the fast-track sailing lessons courses. These courses will have you sailing and navigating the seas in no time. Our bespoke Yachtmaster fast track course is designed to transform a novice sailor into an internationally recognised RYA Yachtmaster.  Please note, the fast track is based around an individual’s prior experience and knowledge and time frames may differ.

Choose a Southern Cross Yacht Charter For a Perfect Day Away

Looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun and different way to spend a day with friends or family.  Either way, a yacht charter from Southern Cross Yachting is the perfect solution.  We offer a variety of charters that can take you to some of the most beautiful spots in the Moreton Bay Region.

Best of all, you can leave your devices at home and enjoy the ocean like never before.  Whether you’re looking for a special family outing or a corporate and team-building experience, our yacht charters will be fun & educational for everyone.  So what are you waiting for?  Contact us today and let us show you how much fun sailing can be!


There’s no better place to start sailing than with Southern Cross Yachting. Established in 1996, we’re Australia’s original international RYA training centre. With over twenty years of experience, you know you’re in good hands.


For over 25 years, Southern Cross Yachting has been the trusted provider of marine training for students from all over the world. With over 10,000 satisfied customers, we’ve helped people of all ages and experience levels gain the skills and confidence they need to enjoy the open water.

Industry Recognised

Southern Cross Yachting is proud to work closely with some of the best marine industry peers in the business. We believe that by collaborating with charter companies, brokerages and experts, we can provide our clients with the best possible experience.

Book A Sailing Course With Us Today!

Whether you’re a complete novice or an experienced sailor looking to brush up on your sail boat training skills, Southern Cross Yachting has a course for you. Or if you’re looking to sail away with loved ones for the day, call us at 07 3396 4100 or use the contact page.

An incredible adventure! The experienced owners Carly & Jamie of SCY were fantastic in booking & organising, the instructor was incredibly knowledgeable & professional, and the boat was amazing. Can’t rate Southern Cross Yachting highly enough- I’m already planning my next lesson
Jemma - July 2023 
Jemma - July 2023

Massive thank you to Jamie and all the staff and other instructors at Southern Cross Yachting! 10/10 experience from booking to sailing to instruction to food whilst onboard.
Absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done and now I’m addicted to sailing!


A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala
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