Have you always yearned for a life on the ocean, feeling the wind in your hair as you steer a yacht across the great blue sea? Southern Cross Yachting is here to help you live out that dream, as we offer a range of sailing courses that see you skippering a yacht under the watchful guidance of our instructors. No matter your skill level, we have the perfect sailing course for you.

Our beginner courses are designed for those who have never sailed before, up to those who may have sailed many years ago but are looking to refresh skills.  With a small instructor to student ratio, our expert trainers teach the principles of sailing and get everyone involved hoisting and trimming sails, assisting the skipper when docking and anchoring, participating in safety drills, and steering the yacht. For those who have a bit more experience and know how to sail, our intermediate and advanced courses for prospective skippers seeking the skills and confidence to manoeuvre a yacht in tight quarters, coordinate crew, safely operate the boat, and optimise sailing performance. As the best sailing courses Brisbane can provide, these classes are designed to have you feeling like operating a yacht is second nature.

If you are seeking quality sail boat training, visit Southern Cross Yachting today to hone your craft. To get started, or if you have any questions, please reach out on 07 3396 4100 or through our contact page.

Courses – Sailing Courses

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.

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.

RYA Competent Crew (5-days OR 3 weekends)

Brisbane year round & Whitsundays June – Oct


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.

RYA Day Skipper

Brisbane year round & Whitsundays June – Oct


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.

RYA Coastal Skipper

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD


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.

RYA Coastal Skipper Theory Online or in Classroom

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD


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.

Bareboat Charter

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD


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.

Sailing Adventures and Mile Building Passages

East Coast of Australia


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

One-Day Boat Handling

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD


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.

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.

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD


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.

RYA Yachtmaster – Preparation and Exam

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD


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.

Yachtmaster Fast-Track

Moreton Bay


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.

Ladies Exclusive Sailing Course

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD


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).

Sailing Courses Brisbane Learning Outcomes

While the main goal of our courses is to have you at the helm of a yacht, you will also be learning techniques and skills that are vital when operating your own vessel. Undertaking a sailing course at Southern Cross Yachting sees you learning the vital safety procedures that must always be followed when at sea. While our beginner courses have you mostly learning how to steer a yacht while being taught these basic techniques, our more advanced courses task you with operating charts and a GPS to plot a safe voyage.

Whether you are simply seeking a weekend of fun while learning a new skill or wish to become competent on the sea before purchasing your own yacht, we have the perfect sailing course for you. Completion of your chosen course sees you receive a certificate celebrating your achievement, which you can proudly hang in your home or office.

Why Southern Cross Yachting

As Australia’s original accredited RYA sail training company, we have decades of experience in the correct and safe operation of yachts. We deliver expert teaching paired with friendly customer service and are proud to offer a range of courses designed for any skill level, with our end goal being to teach you everything we know about sailing.

We understand that everyone has a different schedule and is unable to commit to long trips at sea, which is why we offer courses that span one day, a weekend, holiday long weekends, and five days. This way you build your sailing skills in a schedule that fits best with you. Whether you already have experience on a boat or are a total beginner, Southern Cross Yachting is here to help you answer the call of the sea.

Sign Up for Sailing Courses Brisbane Today

Whether you are in the market for a fun and educational time with friends and family, or are hoping to achieve RYA certification, Southern Cross Yachting has the perfect range of courses for you. Browse through our available classes online, and if you any have any queries, please call us on 07 3396 4100 or message us through our contact page. A friendly member of our team will promptly get back to you.

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
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