Courses - Type

Introduction to Sailing (1-day)

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Either Saturday or Sunday every 2 weeks

This popular, 1-day course provides an introduction to sail cruising for novices.  By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety onboard. 

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RYA Start Yachting (2-days)

Brisbane year round & Whitsundays June-Oct

Sat 9am - Sun 4pm each weekend

This 2-day course provides a short, live-aboard introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

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RYA Competent Crew (5-days OR 3 weekends)

Brisbane year round & Whitsundays June - Oct

Ongoing

For beginners wishing to learn the ropes, gain confidence on a yacht who have no prior experience.  Become acquainted with sleeping at anchor and how life on-the-water truly feels.   With weekends and weekday courses, it's possible to work around any busy schedule.

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RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

This course is the perfect stepping stone to the more in-depth Day Skipper shore-based course or to courses on the water such as the Start Yachting and Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses.

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RYA Day Skipper

Brisbane year round & Whitsundays June - Oct

Ongoing

A hands-on course designed to teach practical skippering and seamanship techniques that will cement the learnings from the compulsory prior theory course: RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship or RYA Day Skipper.

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RYA Day Skipper Theory Online & Classroom

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

This course gives students sufficient knowledge to undertake the RYA Day Skipper practical course and assessment. It is also ideal for anyone contemplating a bareboat charter holiday or considering buying their own boat. 

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RYA Powerboat Level 2

Wynnum - Manly QLD

Ongoing

Gain knowledge and experience over two days with this intensive training program involving practical and theoretical upskilling needed for capable and safe powerboating. You will learn to drive our ex-police, rigid inflatable rescue craft.
RYA Powerboat Level II is regarded as an international small boat driving licence accepted in much of Europe and is a legal requirement for anyone driving the tender to a superyacht or working as an RYA windsurfing, dinghy sailing instructor or Australian Sail Master. The qualification gains eligibility to apply for an International Certificate of Competence for powerboats under 10 meters.

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RYA Coastal Skipper

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

Skippering a yacht on coastal and offshore passages demands strong navigation, seamanship and leadership skills. The coastal skipper practical course prepares those with previous skippering experience to undertake longer voyages. 

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RYA Coastal Skipper Theory Online or in Classroom

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

This is an intensive course covering advanced coastal navigation techniques including – position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge and use of charts and other navigational publications and the correct, safe use of the GPS. 

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Own Yacht Tuition

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

Have you recently purchased a yacht, wishing to refresh your skills and become more confident onboard your own vessel?  Under the calm and experienced guidance of our skippers, you will gain confidence and skills to make the most of your own yacht. 

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VHF/HF Marine Radio Operator’s License - Classroom or Online

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

A course and exam for anyone who owns or will be operating a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.

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RYA Diesel Engine Course

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

The aim of the course is to give you an awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine and the ability to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and rectify defects which do not require workshop support.

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Marine Electrics

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

Get up to speed with marine electricals and become the expert of your vessel's systems.

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Ropework

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

Learn the ropes and take charge of your vessel's maintenance and upkeep.

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Bareboat Charter

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

This one-day, nil experience required course will have you on your way to the most enjoyable sailing holiday imaginable.  You will gain knowledge to safely and competently charter your own desired yacht by providing practice picking up moorings, planning your trip, advice on what to expect and what to pack and take.

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Sailing Adventures and Mile Building Passages

East Coast of Australia

Ongoing

These voyages are ideal for completing qualifying passages for Yachtmaster exams or for simply gaining experience offshore with an experienced instructor.

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One-Day Boat Handling

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

A ‘must do’ one day course for any yacht owner, soon-to-be purchaser or those embarking on a bareboat adventure. The boat handling course offers expert tips and advice on docking, maneuvering and mooring practice.

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Learn to Sail Whitsundays

Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef

Between July and October

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.

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RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

The RYA Ocean Yachtmaster theory course is for those who have a passion for sailing and navigation. It is a wonderful course that will keep you occupied for hours on end.

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RYA Yachtmaster - Preparation and Exam

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

To attain the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore candidates must pass a practical examination of their skippering ability. A Yachtmaster is capable of skippering the yacht on extended offshore passages by day or night.

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Yachtmaster Fast-Track

Moreton Bay

December

Australia's original FAST-TRACK course - designed to take the novice yachtsperson from the basics of yachting through to the RYA Coastal Skipper Certificate and then onto the internationally recognised RYA Yachtmaster.

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International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) & CEVNI

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

International Sailing Qualifications required for chartering in Europe are the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) and CEVNI (required for inland waterways such as the French Canals). Southern Cross Yachting is one of the first training centres in Australia to be accredited to test for the ICC & CEVNI.

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Sea Survival and Safety at Sea

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

Essential safety course for any yacht owner, skipper or crew. Mandatory for those wishing to work on yachts or participate in offshore racing.

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Ladies Exclusive Sailing Course

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD

Ongoing

The ladies weekend and 5-day courses are held on board one of our training yachts and includes meals on board (except for one evening meal ashore on a 5-day course).

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