This popular course provides an introduction to sail cruising for novices.  By the end of the day, you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of standard safety procedures/hazards on a sailing boat.

Conducted onboard one of our RYA approved training yachts, Introduction to Sailing will not only teach you the basics of sailing a yacht, it will whet your appetite for more!  Accepted as day 1 of the 2-day RYA Start Yachting.

$400/person OR ($360/person for 2 or more)

Helming, sail trimming, anchoring, basic navigation and much more is included on this intensive one-day course.

For all ages and abilities, lead by an experienced instructor, this is the perfect day out on Moreton Bay.


Snacks, fruit, water, and soft drinks provided

Ideal bareboat charter refresher.

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD
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  • Previous Experience

    None experience required!

  • Course Duration


  • Certificate Upon Completion

    Southern Cross Certificate of 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

What you will learn:

  • Helming a yacht 
  • How to prepare a yacht for sailing
  • How to set sails 
  • Understanding the influence of apparent and true wind upon a yacht 
  • Uses of winches, clutches, cleats and jammers 
  • How to tack and gybe 
  • Ropework & knots
  • Rules of the road 
  • Man overboard recovery techniques 
  • Clothing and equipment  
  • Navigation & Buoyage 
  • Safety equipment 
  • Meteorology 
  • Sail trimming  

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