RYA Competent Crew

Become an active crew member rather than just a passenger.  No matter your previous experience, at completion you will be able to helm the yacht, handle sails, keep a lookout and assist in all day-to-day routines.

Expand your knowledge in the following areas:

Sea terms
Parts of a boat
Rigging and sails
Sail handling
Personal safety equipment
Man Overboard
Emergency equipment
Seasickness and how to deal with it
Meteorology (if weather permits)
General duties/manners

How to complete the course:

5-day liveaboard (Mon 9am – Fri 4pm)
$2250/person inc GST & meals onboard (excluding 1 crew meal ashore) or $2100/person when booking for 2 or more.
Cabin sharing possible (especially during peak seasons)


3 x weekends (Sat 9am – Sun 4pm), all 3 must be complete to gain certification.
The weekends do not need to be consecutive but preferably completed within a 6-month period for information retention.
$800/weekend/person  OR  $750/weekend/person when booking for 2 or more.
RYA course eBook and logbook provided.
If you have completed RYA Start Yachting, this course can be completed in 3 or 4 days.
Cabin sharing possible (especially during peak seasons)

Brisbane year round & Whitsundays June - Oct
  • Previous Experience

    Nil required – novices welcome

  • Course Duration

    5 days
    3 weekends
    1 x 3-day weekend + 1 x 2-day weekend

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Competent Crew

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:

  • How to prepare a yacht for sailing
  • Helming a yacht
  • How to be a useful crew member
  • 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
  • Distress signals
  • Meteorology
  • Sail trimming

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