View Our RYA Courses

Find a Course Based on Your Skill Level

Whether you are looking to set sail for the first time or you’re interested in our RYA courses, there is a course to suit your skill level.

Click here to view the RYA Practical Sailing and Theory Course Progression chart.


Want to know more about our RYA sailing courses? Get in touch with the Southern Cross Yachting team on (07) 3396 4100 or at and learn more about our boat charter and courses.


BEGINNER: Learn to sail and crew
INTERMEDIATE: Learn to skipper*
*Refer to the RYA Log Book and course descriptions for prerequisites and/or equivalent knowledge and experience requirements.

With our range of intermediate sailing classes, you’ll take your skills to the next level. These courses are designed for those students confident in crewing and want to either brush up on their skills or qualify for RYA Day Skipper. This qualification will allow you to apply for the International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (formerly ICC) to be recognised across Europe, opening you up to a world of adventure. Whether you complete these courses in the Whitsundays or Brisbane, we will guarantee you’ll have a one-of-a-kind experience that tickles you with adventure. On a practical note, the RYA Day Skipper has the potential to lower insurance policies.

Designed for sailors looking for more intensive courses that will cover coastal navigation techniques, skippering yachts for longer voyages, and the more advanced techniques of position fixing and tidal knowledge. For those interested in completing RYA sailing courses, we have a select range for our advanced students. Sign up now and sail away on your next sea adventure.

Take a fast-track route into the open seas with our fast-track courses. In these courses, you will learn to sail and navigate the open seas faster compared to the other courses we offer, ensuring you go from novice to learning the basics of yachting in a shorter amount of time. Depending on how far you choose to progress, you can qualify for an RYA certification.  All of our fast-track programs are tailor made to your needs.

Courses by Type

Have you ever dreamed of pulling the ropes on sails and watching them flap in the wind? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to work a powerboat and soar through the waters? Or simply undertaking an RYA course on a yacht to further your personal experiences? At Southern Cross Yachting, we have boats to suit your desire.

Powerboat Courses – Coming 2023

Our powerboat course is a mix of theory and practical experience, ensuring you leave the two-day course will skills in how to drive a powerboat and maintain safety for yourself, your passengers, and that of anyone in your proximity. Southern Cross Yachting even offers RYA courses. From experiencing emergency situations and working through them to low-speed and high-speed handling and other seamanship skills, you’ll be anchoring, handling lines and assigning crew roles in no time. 

Theory Courses

Southern Cross Yachting’s theory courses act as the perfect steppingstone to sailing and a requirement of some RYA practical courses. We offer courses in the classroom and online including yacht master ocean theory, and more to get you on the road to sailing.

Specialty Courses

These courses are specially designed to areas of sailing and boating that suit your needs. Choose courses that focus on sea survival and safety, ropework, diesel engine course, or other to brush up your skills. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a ladies’ weekend on the sea, we have ladies’ exclusive sailing courses held on board. New yacht owners can choose to use their own vessels and learn the ins and outs of their yacht.

Why Choose Our Sailing Classes?


Established in 1996, Southern Cross Yachting is the world’s original international RYA training centre.


More than 10,000 students, over 25 years have trusted Southern Cross Yachting with their marine training needs, gaining certification and confidence.

Industry Recognised

Southern Cross Yachting works closely with many local and national marine industry peers, such as, charter companies, brokerages and industry experts.

Book RYA Courses With Us Today!

Southern Cross Yachting courses range to suit novice sailors and experienced seamen, so whether you’re looking to brush up on specific skills for sail boat training or you’re getting into the water for the first time, our educators will show you the ropes – and anchor, sails, safety jacket – and more of our sailing classes! Sail away with us today and call our team at 07 3396 4100 or contact us online!

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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