Learn to Sail and Crew

Southern Cross Yachting makes it easy to start yachting.  Our practical courses get you on the water in small student numbers, ensuring our experienced skippers involve everyone in sailing the yacht with fun and safety in mind.

While sailing around beautiful Moreton Bay, you will learn:

  • Yacht terminology
  • Ropework
  • Working the sails and winches
  • Steering the yacht
  • Keeping a lookout
  • Obtaining weather forecast
  • Man overboard recovery
  • Safety and emergency equipment and precautions

We teach sailing in the simplest and most enjoyable way possible so you will not only learn more, you will have a great time doing it!

See the table below to compare which course is right for you.


Introduction to sailing

RYA start yachting

RYA Competent Crew


For the complete novice

  • Very minimal sailing experience
  • Skills need refreshing
  • Opportunity to experience twilight/night sailing (weather dependent)
  • Stay at anchor and sleep onboard
  • For the beginner who wants to progress to a confident crew member
  • 4 nights onboard



One day

  • 2 x one days
  • Can be a full weekend or two separate, non-consecutive days
  • 5 weekdays consecutively OR
  • 6 weekend days

Certificate upon completion

Southern Cross School of Yachting Introduction to Sailing

RYA Start Yachting

RYA Competent Crew

What’s next?

A further one day to complete RYA start yachting

Two further weekends to complete RYA Competent Crew

  • Online navigation theory
    • Essential Navigation & Seamanship  OR
    • RYA Day skipper theory


  • RYA Day Skipper Practical


  • $360 / person
  • $620 when booking for two
  • $700 / person
  • $1350 for two

$1890 / person


  • Snacks
  • Skipper
  • Snacks
  • Typical sailor’s dinner aboard
  • Skipper for two days
  • Snacks
  • 3 x meals aboard (1 meal ashore not provided)
  • Skipper for five days

What you will learn

  • Basics of sailing
  • Basics of sailing
  • Twilight/night sailing (not always possible)
  • Spend the night at anchor
  • Basic seamanship and helmsmanship, navigation and meteorology
  • Basics of sailing
  • Night sailing
  • Sail handling and setting
  • Ropes/Lines and knots
  • Helming
  • Watch keeping
  • Safety on board
  • Gain sea miles
  • Variety of weather conditions, sea states, wind strengths and harbours

Minimum requirements/Prior knowledge

  • Nil
  • Nil
  • Nil, however, we recommend at least one or two days on the water before committing to a full five days

Minimum age





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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