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 April and October the Southern Cross Yachting team operates out of Shute Harbour, conveniently close to the amazing Whitsunday Islands.

  • Previous Experience


  • Course Duration

    5 days
    3 weekends

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Start Yachting

    RYA Competent Crew

    RYA Day Skipper

    RYA Essential Navigation

    RYA Coastal Skipper


    RYA Yachtmaster



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

We cannot express how wonderful our experience was with Jamie . He is very professional and patient in teaching us how to handle our new acquisition. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a novice, it’s well worth spending time with a calm and knowledgeable instructor from Southern Cross. Thanks Jamie

Lee-Anne Savin 2021
Lee-Anne Savin

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 
  • Navigation 
  • Pilotage 
  • Meteorology 
  • Rules of the Road 
  • Maintenance 
  • Engine 
  • Radio Operation 
  • Victualling 
  • Handling Under Motor and Power