This one-day, nil experience required course will have you on your way to the most enjoyable sailing holiday imaginable.  You will gain knowledge to safely and competently charter your own desired yacht by providing practice picking up moorings, planning your trip, advice on what to expect and what to pack and take.  Upon completion you will obtain an Introduction to Sailing – Bareboat Charter Preparation Certificate which is recognized by all reputable charter operators so your briefing time on commencement of your charter is reduced and getting you out on the water sooner.

The course can be taken in one full-day sailing or as a weekend away with the yacht spending the night at anchor and enjoying the delights of some night sailing. The weekend course includes all meals and accommodation while on board; and the one-day course includes light snacks and drinks, but we ask you to bring your lunch.  For dates and bookings for a full weekend please visit the RYA Start Yachting page.

At Southern Cross Yachting 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!

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: 

  • 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 of 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 


Upon Successful completion of the one-day course you will be issued with a Bareboat SCY certificate which is accepted at many of the major charter companies in Australia. 

You Instructor can recommend any further reading or courses that may be useful to your development. 

If you are planning a charter holiday in Australia or overseas then this course is a must. The knowledge you will gain will make your holiday more enjoyable and will reduce your briefing fees at the commencement of your charter holiday. 


This course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board. 


Next step courses include: RYA Start Yachting, RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper, Boat Handling Course, Own Yacht Tuition.

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