Terms &


1 BOOKINGS: Will be deemed firm once the Booking Form is received, completed in full and signed, with one per Student with the minimum Deposit/ Balance

2 CONFIRMATION: The School will confirm the booking by email (or post if email is unavailable).

3 PAYMENT: A 25% deposit is required if the booking is over 28 days from the date of the course as per the enclosed literature. If the booking is within 28 days of the date of the course the full course fee is required.

If within 28 days prior to the course the Student has not paid the balance of the fee, the School reserves the right to sell the Student’s berth.

If the School is successful in selling the berth and mitigating its costs the student’s deposit will be refunded.

If the School fails to sell the berth, the Student will be liable for the full fee.

If the school fails to fill adequate places to run the course a position will be offered on another course or a full refund given.


The school strongly recommends travel insurance to cover the inability to attend a course or leaving a course early due to illness or injury as we cannot refund the course fees if a course is cancelled within 28 days of the course date unless we can sell the position to another person.


One day course from 0900 until approximately 1600hours the same day

Weekend courses from 0900hours Saturday until approximately 1600 hours the following Sunday

Five day certificate courses from 0900 Monday until 1600 hours the following Friday.

The foregoing times are, of course, dependent upon the weather conditions and the Instructor’s/ Skipper’s decisions and the seaworthiness of the vessel at the time.

6 DELAY/ NON ARRIVAL: Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the course as the group will leave for the yacht at 9am for the start of the practical courses.
If a student cannot attend their course through illness or commitments elsewhere it is requested that the School be contacted as soon as possible. Every possible attempt will be made to mitigate the Student’s costs, to let the berth elsewhere. If successful the Student will be able to rebook for another course. If unsuccessful the student will be expected to pay the full fee.
Any Student who fails to arrive, for any reason whatsoever including illness and has not notified the School, will automatically forfeit the total monies paid and no liability by doing so shall attach to the School whatsoever.

7 UNDER 18’s: 12-16 year olds accepted when sailing with parent or guardian. Unaccompanied children accepted at 16-18 but all Booking Forms for children under 18 to be signed by parent or guardian, stating this fact after the signature.

8 INSTRUCTION ON YOUR OWN YACHT: Al l conditions herein apply, plus the Student will be expected to reimburse any travelling or out-of-pocket expenses for the Instructor from the Brisbane base to wherever the vessel is lying, and the return journey plus salary.

The student’s vessel will be expected to be equipped with the minimum YA standards and provide the Instructor with all bedding, victualling whilst on board.

Please allow for the instructor’s travelling time as a percentage of the daily rate quoted with additional days leeway to allow for adverse weather

The Instructor is at no time in charge of the vessel. The owner will remain master of the vessel and accept all responsibility for the vessel. Southern Cross Yachting is not responsible nor liable for any damage while our instructor is on board.

Insurances: The Student must notify his Insurance Company that our Instructor will be taking over as skipper for the duration agreed and that the Student’s insurance is Fully Comprehensive and covers all aspects of normal marine insurance for the area in which the Skipper is expected to sail. With additional days leeway to allow for adverse weather.

9 HEALTH: Students with special medical problems should check that their GP considers them safe to sail and advise the School of the condition when booking, and both the principal and Skipper when reporting for the course. Bring any personal medication necessary.

10 SKIPPER’S/ PRINCIPAL’S DECISIONS: The Principal’s decision is final at all times, on any of the School’s property and the School’s vessel until the Skipper takes over.

• Skipper’s Decisions: From the moment the Skipper steps onboard the instruction vessel in accordance with marine practice, the Skipper’s decisions are final always.

• Al l crew/ students will accept all orders and decisions given to them by the Skipper at all times whilst onboard the School’s vessel or ashore, for the duration of the course until the course is complete and the Skipper is no longer onboard the vessel. The Skipper’s authority is total day and night in accordance with Marine Law.

• If for any reason whatsoever a Student does not accept an order from the Skipper or his designated substitute, whether the Student considers it to be reasonable or not, the Student shall be considered to be in breach of his Articles of sailing. The Skipper shall take any action or decision he considers fit for the wellbeing of the vessel and crew. If the Student is placed ashore at the nearest port no liability whatsoever shall attach itself to the School and neither shall the Student have redress for any expenses or unused portion of the fee. Neither any redress against the Skipper or School as a result of actions taken by the Skipper.

11 SEA TIME: Every attempt will be made to give pupils maximum sea time. However, if in the Skipper’s opinion weather conditions, safety or any other considerations renders it imprudent, the Skipper’s decision is final.

12 VESSEL CHANGE: If, for any reason, the School is unable to fulfil a booking or a vessel becomes unseaworthy for any reason whatsoever, the School will inform the Student immediately the knowledge is available. No liability shall attach itself to the school beyond the refund of the full fee paid by the student (s) or unused portions thereof.

13 SCHOOL INSURANCE: The school is insured for Instruction. However Student’s needs vary. The School strongly advises that the Student obtain their own insurance for Sickness, Illness, School Fees, Illness or Accident onboard, or any other reason the Student considers prudent for his personal life style or well being. The Student agrees the School Insurance Policies are adequate and the Policy is available, on request, for inspection at the Southern Cross School of Yachting.

14 DISCLAIMER: No liability is accepted for any Student’s vehicles parked in the Marina grounds or Student’s Possessions in the vehicle, on the pontoons or in the Schools vessels or accommodation.

• No liability is accepted for Students whilst on School grounds, in any of the School properties, on ladders, pontoons or vessels and all Students participate in any aspect of the course at their own risk.

15 CERTIFICATES: The School’s standards of instruction are high and certificates will only be issued at the end of a course if, in the opinion of the School’s Instructors and Principal, the Student has reached the necessary standard as set out in the RYA handbook. The School’s Principal and Instructor’s decision shall be final and accepted by all Students.

16 DUTIES ONBOARD: Al l students will be expected to participate in cooking, cleaning vessel and routine maintenance as required by the Instructor. At the end of the course all Students will be expected to clean the vessel from stem to stern.

17 LOST PROPERTY: The school is not to be held responsible for any articles of clothing or other property left on a vessel or on school property. Please ensure you take all your belongings with you when leaving the yacht or school.

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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