Have you ever dreamt of learning to sail around one of the world’s most iconic heritage sites and natural wonders of the world?

If the answer is yes, then Southern Cross Yachting has the perfect combination of experienced instruction and amazing locations.

Between July and October the Southern Cross Yachting team has a vessel available to depart from Shute Harbour, conveniently close to the amazing Whitsunday Islands.

A poem from 9 year old, Sam, after returning from sailing around the Whitsundays!

Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef
  • Previous Experience

    Beginner to experienced

  • Course Duration

    5 days

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Competent Crew

    RYA Day Skipper

    RYA Coastal Skipper

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
  • Preparation for Sea 
  • Engine Maintenance 
  • Radio Operation 
  • Victualling 
  • Handling Under Motor and Power 

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