Designed for those who wish to embark on a sailing holiday while learning valuable skills, the bareboat charter course is designed to be accessible for everyone, regardless of skill level. As part of the crew, you will be taught lessons that include how to adequately plan your trip and how to charter your own yacht. Perfect for those looking to dip their toes into the art of yachting, the bareboat sailing course will have even the most inexperienced sailors feeling more ready to start their adventure.

Are you looking for an experience that combines sail boat training with a great day spent on the ocean? Give Southern Cross Yachting a call on 07 3396 4100 or get in touch via our contact page.


What is the Bareboat Charter Course?

The bareboat sailing course is designed to teach sailing in a simple and enjoyable way, no matter your experience on the sea. The Bareboat Charter prep is a 1-day course, but at Southern Cross Yachting, we believe a weekend is better in order to get the most out of your training! While the one day course is a great way to start learning the basics of sailing, more time is required to reach the level where one can sail solo confidently and safely. Skills taught include how-to pick-up moorings, how to plan your trip, what to expect and what to pack.

The weekend option (See RYA Start Yachting) sees sailors spending the night aboard the vessel, with meals being provided as you enjoy the peaceful serenity of nighttime sailing. Upon completion of the bareboat charter course, you will receive an Introduction to Sailing – Bareboat Charter Preparation Certificate, which is recognised by all reputable charter operators within Australia, allowing you to get out on the water aboard your own yacht sooner. This course is a must if you are planning on taking a charter holiday within Australia in the near future, as the skills gained are sure to make your holiday much more enjoyable.

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD
  • Previous Experience

    No experience required!

  • Course Duration


  • Certificate Upon Completion

    Southern Cross Yachting certificate

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

What Will I Learn During the Bareboat Sailing Course?

  • How to prepare a yacht for sailing
  • Understanding the influence of apparent and true wind upon a yacht 
  • Uses of winches, clutches, cleats and jammers 
  • How to tack and gybe 
  • Safety onboard  
  • Knots 
  • Helming & Boat handling 
  • Sail Trimming 
  • Picking up as mooring buoy 
  • Anchoring 
  • Meteorology 
  • Uses of winches and deck gear 
  • Basic engine checks 
  • Advice on what to bring on a sailing holiday 
  • Basic navigational theory 
  • How to use charts and a chart plotter
  • Rules of the road & buoyage  
  • Steering to a compass course
  • Useful Apps to download and general Q&A with an experienced RYA Instructor 


* Please keep in mind that a one-day course is very short and not all listed above can be achieved on certain days, weather permitting.

Why Sail with Southern Cross Yachting?

As Australia’s original, accredited RYA sail training centre, Southern Cross Yachting has been teaching people how to sail since 1996. With a range of courses available that teach a wide variety of skills, we cater our courses to suit your lifestyle, with one-day, five-days, and weekend options available.

Whether it’s the bareboat sailing course or another beginners sailing course from our extensive range, you will be provided with a certificate upon the completion of your course to demonstrate your newly learned skills. Best of all, these courses take place on the beautiful Queensland ocean, making them a great way to pair an educational experience with a relaxing time on the sea. Whether you are looking to book a trip for the family or a teambuilding exercise for your workplace, drop your anchor at Southern Cross Yachting.


Get Onboard the Bareboat Charter Course Today!

At Southern Cross Yachting we provide sailing courses for people of all skill levels, from seasoned sailors to those who have never stepped foot on a boat before. Whether you are looking to get away for the day or spend the weekend on the sea, our experienced and friendly instructors treat you to an informative and entertaining experience that is sure to become a cherished memory. Access our contact page to make a booking or give us a call on 07 3396 4100 to learn more about our program.

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