RYA Start Yachting is an ‘on-the-water’ immersive, weekend course that provides a two-day, one night introduction to sail cruising for novices.  You will join the vessel at 9am on Saturday morning, partake in activities such as steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and depart at approximately 4pm on Sunday having received an overview of what to expect from life onboard a sailing boat.  The evening is spent either at anchor or in a different port, all weather depending.  Destination is determined based on wind direction and tide.

Your eyes will be opened to the many necessary safety elements relating to rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing and emergency equipment and provide training on precautionary measures of safety at sea.

Conducted on board one of our approved training yachts, this course will outline the basics of sailing a yacht, whilst whetting your appetite for more!

This weekend equates to weekend 1 of the RYA Competent Crew certification.  Therefore, if you love what occurs on this weekend, all you need to do is two more weekends and you’ll achieve RYA Competent Crew.

Brisbane year round & Whitsundays June-Oct
  • Previous Experience

    Nil required.  A course for complete beginners.

  • Course Duration

    Two-days, one-night.

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Start Yachting

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 you learn? 


  • How to prepare a yacht for sailing 
  • Helming a yacht 
  • 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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