Most overseas charter companies require prospective charterers to hold an internationally recognised sailing certification.  The Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA’s) International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (formerly the International Certificate of Competence), or ICC, is widely recognised and recommended by charter companies.

Southern Cross Yachting can help you realise your dream of chartering overseas.  If you’re a new sailor, we can help you gain the skills and knowledge by undertaking the ICC course more appropriately known as RYA Day Skipper and, if you’re an experienced sailor, we can evidence your skills for your RYA ICC to accompany your application.

As a leading Australian RYA training centre, we are here to help you achieve the qualifications you need. To get started, give us a call on 07 3396 4100 or reach out through our contact page.

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Topics Included in the ICC Course/RYA Day Skipper 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 and boat handling
  • Sail trimming
  • Picking up a 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 and buoyage

  • Previous Experience

    Experience is equivalent to RYA Day Skipper level.

  • Course Duration

    The ICC assessment takes up to 6 hours.

  • Certificate Upon Completion


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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