Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which course is suitable for me?

Please read through the many pages and courses that we have on this website.  If you are still unsure as to what would be best suited to your level of experience, please contact the office and we can guide you through further.

2. Where will we sail?

We set sail from Manly, Queensland and our usual sailing grounds are around Moreton Bay.  We undertake courses that range further afield from Mooloolaba and as far north as the Whitsundays.

3. What do we eat?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all enjoyed onboard with your crew apart from one evening when you will head out for a meal ashore.

4. What happens if it rains?

It’s important when learning to sail that all conditions are experienced ensuring your skills are broadened.  In some cases, the principal of the school will determine the weather to be unsafe due to wind or rain, in which case, your booking will be rescheduled for a more suitable time.

5. Do I need to be physically fit?

No, fitness is not a pre-requisite.  Our instructors can teach you techniques of safe sailing to individual abilities.   We have a course to suit every need.

6. What happens if I get seasick?

Moreton Bay is sheltered by islands but you can at times still experience some degree of seasickness.  If you are concerned about this issue, please visit your pharmacy and ask their advice prior to arrival.

7. Do I share a cabin?

We do our best to make sure that all crew members are comfortable in their sleeping arrangement.  Please be aware that it is not always possible to have a cabin to yourself and you may need to share accommodation.

8. Can I bring alcohol?

Yes, you can but it is important to remember that you are on a sailing course and safety for yourself and others is paramount. 

9. Do I need any previous experience?

Depending on the course you choose, pre-requisites are outlined on this website.  We cater to all levels of experience.

10. What is the SCY refund policy?

Due to the nature of our business, refunds are not always possible as places are limited.  We always strive to accommodate wherever possible.  Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.

11. Is there a shower onboard?

Yes, however water on a sailing yacht is limited and lengthy showers are not possible.  Marina stops will be made during the week where you can shower ashore for as long as you like.

12. Where are my qualifications valid?

The RYA is recognized around the world.  If you need a specific country or place and are unsure of the validity of your qualifications, please contact our office to clarify.

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