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Adults RYA Learn to Sail

Adults Learn to sail with one of our YA and RYA sailing or power practical courses. Choose from RYA Start Yachting, RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper, RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore and RYA Ocean.

Sunshine Sailing Australia has become known as the premier sail training school in Australia, one hour drive north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Our learn to sail programs teach beginners to advanced sailors in dinghies, sail and power, inshore, offshore and ocean.

The school is both Yachting Australia (YA) and Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognized Teaching Establishment: we meet and exceed their strict guidelines to conduct RYA and YA sailing and power courses. Our power vessels, yachts, dinghies, instructors and safety requirements meet the highest standards.
The adult learn to sail and power courses cover YA Keelboat courses, RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper, RYA Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster shorebase/Theory and practical programs.

The school also offers professional RYA Yachtmaster Career training courses for those of you who wish to pursue a career as crew or master/skipper on certified commercial charter boats and superyachts.

The RYA certificates are Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) approved and recognised around the world. Most insurance companies require that all superyacht crew have MCA-approved RYA Yachtmaster certificates and the STCW10 courses.

Our new yacht, the German-made Hanse 400e will provide comfort, style and safety to the highest standard. All yachts are in Marine Safety Qld survey.

‘I have since been right through the RYA Program with the Sunshine Sailing Australia, including Sea Survival and Celestial Navigation. It’s been a fantastic experience being professionally trained by experts and I have forged some good friendships along the way as well. I would recommend the SSA to anyone wanting to improve or refresh their sailing ability and knowledge. Well worth the money.’ Brad Withyman, Mooloolaba.

‘Exceeded my expectations. I learnt so much and has inspired me to consolidate this new knowledge. Would recommend the Sunshine Sailing Australia to anyone.’ Ross Mitchell, Brisbane.

Which course is for me?

Click on the Dinghy courses below to find out more:

Start Sailing - 6 Consecutive Sunday Mornings $320

Sundays 9.30-12.30 (6 lessons)

The goal of this course is to develop your elementary knowledge of sailing.

The course is designed with beginners in mind, the uninitiated and those who have minimal sailing experience or those wanting to brush up on their skills.

Our fully qualified instructors follow accredited training programs.

Adult Level I – Start Sailing provides a safe and enjoyable introduction to small boat sailing for novices. The course includes an introduction to fundamental boat handling skills and essential safety knowledge that will allow participants the freedom of sailing small boats with guidance from an instructor or coach.

What will I learn?
  • – Basic boat handling skills
  • – Dinghy sailing instruction 1
  • – Safety equipment and clothing
  • – Rigging & preparing a boat
  • – Ropework and basic knots
  • – Sailing techniques, tacking
  • – Rescue Procedures, towing
  • – Launching & recovery
  • – Sailing Theory, no go zone
  • – Wind aware, tides & currents
What happens?

Students will be given an opportunity to cover all aspects of the sailing syllabus and have their log books signed off every week in order to reach the next certificated level.

What to expect?

We have a fleet of six 14ft Vagabond dinghies, 2 lasers and 2 Hobie 16 and operate a rescue boat at the same time.

What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), spray jacket. Be sure to pack this in a flexible soft bag.

What about meals?

Bring your own meals and drinks.

Where do I start?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $320. Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

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Basic Skills - 6 Consecutive Sunday Mornings $320

Sunday 9.30-12.30

The goal of this course is to extend your knowledge of sailing beyond those learned in Level 1 – Start Sailing.

Level 2 – Basic Skills builds on the experience & knowledge gained in Level 1 – Start Sailing.

This course consolidates all skills learnt at Level 1 Start Sailing and provides a controlled environment (light winds, enclosed waters) in which each participant can practice his/her sailing techniques and become a competent sailor. At the completion on this course the sailor is able to complete a triangular course without outside assistance, launch and recover a boat safely without extra guidance, demonstrate the five essentials of boat handling on the water, get out of irons and recover from a capsize unaided. Theory will cover the use basic meteorology to forecast sailing conditions and an understanding of tides.

What will I learn?
  • – Sailing without guidance in light winds, enclosed waters
  • – Rigging your boat independently
  • – Recovering a man overboard, towing procedures
  • – Basics of Meteorology, wind awareness and planning
  • – The 5 Essentials of Sailing
  • – Tides, currents and how to apply
  • – Rules of Sailing, give way rules
  • – The Capsize Drill
What happens?

Students will be given an opportunity to cover all aspects of the sailing syllabus and have their log books signed off every week in order to reach the next certificated level.

What to expect?

We have a fleet of six 14ft, Vagabond dinghies, 2 lasers and 2 Hobie 16 and operate a rescue boat at the same time.

What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), spray jacket. Be sure to pack this in a flexible soft bag.

What about meals?

Bring your own meals and drinks.

Where do I start?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $320. Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

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Hobie Cat Sailing

On Request
Sunshine Sailing Australia is offering a thoroughly enjoyable 2-day Hobie 16 sailing program.
Course can also be run over 4 Saturday mornings 9.30-12.30
This is not for the faint hearted; you will need to be fit, strong and agile as these catamarans are fast and exciting !

What will I learn?
  • – Rigging
  • – Launching & Beaching
  • – Recovering a man overboard
  • – Crew position & balance
  • – Use of Trapeze
  • – Tacking & Gybing
  • – The Capsize Drill
What happens?

Students will be given an opportunity to cover all aspects of the sailing syllabus and have their log books signed off every week in order to reach the next certificated level.
What to expect?
Sunshine Sailing Australia has acquired 2 Hobie 16s which we will use for the training. These will also be available for racing by students who have demonstrated that they can handle the Hobie in all conditions.

What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), spray jacket.

What about meals?

Bring your own meals and drinks.

Where do I start?

Dinghy courses will operate from the Mooloolaba Marina on the Mooloolah River. The location can be accessed from 41-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $520pp or $395pp for two or more. Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

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SA Keel Boat - Novice $495

First and last weekend of the month or on request- MOOLOOLABA

This is an exciting sailing opportunity provided by Sunshine Sailing Australia. It provides a fun and accessible entry into sailing and gives participants further opportunity to improve and develop sailing skills and techniques.

The courses will equip you with the essentials  required to safely sail a small keel boat or trailer yacht without the fear of capsize or getting wet! As your skills progress, you will also develop an understanding of each person’s role and how teamwork plays a major part of being an effective crew.

You will come away with the knowledge and confidence to sail a small day yacht, such as a keel boat, competently and for those that wish, you can then progress to larger yachts or participate as crew on a racing yacht.

There are 4 units to cover to complete the full program
YA Keel Boat – Crew
YA Keel Boat – Helm
YA Keel Boat – Seamanship
YA Keel Boat – Spinnaker
each course consist of 2 days.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone looking at doing sailing to go through Sunshine Sailing. I will be looking forward to my next trip”. – Sean Mullice Aug 2016

What experience do I need?

No experience required for Day Sailor- Crew as this is a course for absolute beginners for all other courses the course prior nor equivalent experience is the requirement . Our instructor will focus on skills, safety and enjoyment.

By the end of each course you will have sufficient knowledge and skill to be able to move towards the next course.

What will I learn?
  • – Safety equipment, clothing and safe practices
  • – The Boat
  • – Ropework
  • – Sailing Skills
  • – Man overboard
  • – Rules of the Road
What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, something to nibble on, a warm jumper, & spray jacket packed in a flexible soft bag.

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $495pp or $895pp for two courses and $1295pp for 3 cousres. Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

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RYA Start Yachting - Novice

The RYA Start Yachting course is an introduction to sailing larger cruising yachts, essential to build a solid and correct foundation on which to develop your knowledge of sailing. This course can be used towards the RYA Competent Crew course, which then can be competed with two extra weekends or one three day weekend.

Take the two days to learn the basic skills and techniques of sailing, get the feel of a real yacht with a friendly and helpful instructor and have a great time on the water

‘I cannot speak highly enough of Sunshine Sailing Australia. I loved it and learn’t so much from it.’ David Wood, Sherwood

‘A great learning experience, lots of information, very capable instructors who know how to deliver.’ Ross Mitchell, Brisbane.

What will I learn?

 

  • – How to prepare the yacht for sailing
  • – How to set sails, how to trim & reef sails
  • – How to tack & gybe
  • – Understand wind & weather
  • – Recognize relative direction to the wind & where it’s coming from
  • – The Rules of the Road
  • – The Buoyage system
  • – Basic knots & how to handle ropes
  • – Safety & safety equipment
  • – How to use Winches, jammers & cleats correctly
What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), spray jacket. Be sure to pack this in a flexible soft bag.

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $595 for a two day course or $895 for a three day course. Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

What do I get

The RYA certificate presented upon successful completion of your course.

2016 DATES
October 22-23
November 5-6
Dec 3-4

2017 DATES
January 21-22
February 4-5
March 4-5
May 6-7
June 3-4
July 1-2
October 21-22
November 4-5
Dec 2-3

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RYA Competent Crew - Novice

The RYA Competent Crew is the basic introductory course for both the complete beginner and those who have some experience of either dinghy sailing or cruising.

The course is planned to give you as much fun and enjoyment as possible. While you cruise you will learn about safety at sea and will be given lots of opportunities to master the seamanship skills of steering, changing sails, reefing and tying the essential knots as well as whats is like to live on a yacht for an extended period.

Living onboard throughout the course, each night is spent in a new place, allowing you to experience the delights of a real cruise. You will visit many of the quiet bays, anchorages and yacht harbour’s of Moreton Bay, Southeast corner of Queensland or the Whitsundays (depending on chosen course) and in the evenings there is time to relax and reflect on the events of the day.

By the end of the RYA Competent Crew course the successful Competent Crew will have sufficient knowledge and skill to be a useful and able crew member.

‘Many thanks from two over 60’s who were sailing virgins but now have their own 34 footer! . “RYA Competent Crew” was fun and SAFE, a great introduction and your ongoing help and advice are invaluable – looking forward to more courses as we really get up and running.’ Lin & Brian.

‘Challenged just in and around comfort zone, never for a moment felt in danger or intimidated, vegetarians well looked after, reliable yacht, plentiful crew, great instructor.’ Scott and Almasa.

‘…a learn-to-sail experience that was also an enjoyable adventure holiday… it provided us with a superb preparation to crew a sailing boat competently… Plus the sailing was accompanied by whales, dolphins, turtles and eagles.’ Richard & Nadeia Romanowski.

I would like to especially thank James as he was so willing to impart his knowledge and was always encouraging and understanding of everyones individual abilities. His kind and considerate manner really put me at ease and ensured my first sailing adventure was an enjoyable experience. This course exceeded our expectations. Deb and Van.

What will I learn?
  • – How to prepare the yacht for light to medium winds in enclosed waters
  • – How to actively participate as Crew
  • – Correct ways to drop the anchor
  • – Sail Handling
  • – Helmsmanship and Sailing
  • – How to understand weather forecasts & interpret them
  • – How to tie specialist Knots
  • – Personal safety
  • – Distress signals
What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), spray jacket. Be sure to pack this in a flexible soft bag.

What about meals?

All meals are provided. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to indicate this in advance when you register for the course and we will do our best to accommodate.

What should I do be fore the course?

Although there are no pre requisites for this course we do advise undertaking the Online Essential Navigation course. This ensure that you can get the most out of your RYA Competent Crew program. This can be booked at check out.

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $1495 for 5 days, $1595 for 6 days or $1695 for 7 days. All Whitsunday courses are $1595. Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

2017 DATES
January 11-15, 25-29
February 8-12, 22-26
March 8-12, 22-26
April 3-7
April 18-23 Gladstone to Mooloolaba
May 10-14
May 19-23 Mooloolaba – Sanctuary Cove
May 29-June 2 Sanctuary Cove – Mooloolaba
June 7-11, 21-25
July 5-9, 19-23
July 29-August 3 Mooloolaba – Yeppoon
August 5-10 Yeppoon – Airlie Beach
August 13-17 Whitsunday Islands
August 28- September 1 Whitsunday Islands
September 4-8, 11-15, 18-22 Whitsunday Islands
September 25-30 Airlie Beach-Yeppoon
October 2-7 Yeppoon – Mooloolaba
October 11-15
October 25-29
November 6-10
December 4-8, 13-17

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RYA Day Skipper/Bare Boat Skipper - Intermediate

The RYA Day Skipper/Bare Boat Skipper practical course you teach the essential  practical skippering/sailing techniques and is internationally recognized as a level of requirement for bare boat chartering.  Completion of a RYA Day Skipper shore based theory course beforehand will greatly enhance the value of this practical course.

Each person is given the opportunity to navigate and take control of the yacht on short passage. Your instructor is there to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant steps as skipper are taken in safety.

Whilst living aboard throughout the course, you will be given the opportunity to practice your boat handling in a variety of mooring situations, and whilst at sea your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations.

A skipper is totally responsible for the management of a yacht, so the course also includes meteorology, basic engine checks, passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea, and rules of the road. In addition, night sailing is undertaken to give you a taste of pilotage in the dark.

By the end of this course the successful Day Skipper will be able to undertake short coastal passages by day. Successful completion of this course means that you can charter a yacht worldwide with confidence.

Piers was brilliant, confidence building, great teacher and patient, cannot sing his praises enough. I felt totally safe and looked after at all times. Think you have it all covered nicely. Especially lucky to have such a great Capt Piers to teach us and professionally look after us at all times, Helen of Mooloolaba

What experience do I need?

RYA Competent Crew or 5 Days sailing, 100 miles, 4 night hours plus knowledge up to Day Skipper shore based standard.

What will I learn?
  • – Preparation for Sea
  • – Navigation
  • – Pilotage
  • – Meteorology
  • – Rules of the Road
  • – Maintenance
  • – Engine
  • – Radio Operation
  • – Victualling
What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), spray jacket. Be sure to pack this in a flexible soft bag.

What about meals?

All meals are provided. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to indicate this in advance when you register for the course and we do our best to accommodate.

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map.

Course Cost & Dates

The course cost is $1495 for 5 days, $1595 for 6 days or $6795 for 7 days. All Whitsunday practical courses are $1595.
A 9 day combined Theory & Practical is also available $2490, see calendar for dates. Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

2017 DATES
January 11-15, 25-29
February 8-12, 22-26
March 8-12, 22-26
April 3-7
April 18-23 Gladstone to Mooloolaba
May 10-14
May 19-23 Mooloolaba – Sanctuary Cove
May 29-June 2 Sanctuary Cove – Mooloolaba
June 7-11, 21-25
July 5-9, 19-23
July 29-August 3 Mooloolaba – Yeppoon
August 5-10 Yeppoon – Airlie Beach
August 13-17 Whitsunday Islands
August 28- September 1 Whitsunday Islands
September 4-8, 11-15, 18-22 Whitsunday Islands
September 25-30 Airlie Beach-Yeppoon
October 2-7 Yeppoon – Mooloolaba
October 11-15
October 25-29
November 6-10
December 4-8, 13-17

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RYA Coastal Skipper - Advanced

The RYA Coastal Skipper practical is the course for more advanced skippers who have a practical ability to RYA Day Skipper level and knowledge up to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased standard.

The course concentrates on the techniques and skills required to skipper a yacht on passages involving more complex decision making, cruise planning, navigation, and pilotage. A passage of longer duration, with particular emphasis placed on watch keeping techniques will usually be undertaken to demonstrate how to manage the yacht on such a passage.

Whilst living onboard throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to improve your close quarters boat handling skills under power and sail. Preparation of the yacht for heavy weather cruising and navigation in restricted visibility is also discussed and practiced.

By the end of this course the successful RYA Coastal Skipper will have sufficient knowledge to skipper a yacht safely on longer coastal and offshore passages by day and night.

This course is suitable those who wish to go on to take the RYA Yachtmaster examination. Candidates must also hold a VHF Radio Operator’s Certificate.

‘Sailing at it’s best! Professional instructors, modern well-equipped yachts and state of the art training courses combined with Australia’s beautiful coastline and marine life to provide an enjoyable and world class learning experience. My individual and team seamanship skills improved, and I am now doing further courses and lots more sailing.’ Susan Spall.

What experience do I need?

You should have knowledge up to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased standard. Practical ability to RYA Day Skipper level, 15 days onboard (2 days as skipper), 300 miles, 8 night hours.

What will I learn?
  • – Advanced navigation working with GPS, waypoints, set and drift
  • – Advanced methods of position fixing & accurate recording in logbooks
  • – Advise radio stations of your position & plans, receive weather & warnings using VHF radio
  • – Crew delegation & watch-keeping systems
  • – Enter unfamiliar ports & choose a safe anchorage
  • – Navigation & yacht handling at night
  • – Provisioning as part of the syllabus, food costs to be determined by yourself
What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), towel, sleeping bag and pillow, spray jacket, toilet kit and any personal medication you may require all packed in a flexible soft bag.

How long is the course?

5, 6 or 7 Days for just the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Practical course. RYA course completion certificate on successful completion of course. You will be assessed during the course and certificates of satisfactory completion will not be awarded to those who:

  • – Are adversely affected by sea sickness to the extent that their ability to skipper a yacht is reduced to a dangerously low level.
  • – Are unable to demonstrate sufficient ability in basic seamanship, navigation and yacht handling to appreciate the technique and skills required of a yacht skipper.
  • – Demonstrate a lack of understanding of any part of the syllabus to the extent that it would be dangerous for them to go to sea as the skipper of a yacht.
What about meals?

All meals are provided. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to indicate this in advance when you register for the course.

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $1495 for 5 days, $1595 for 6 days or $1695 for 7 days. All Whitsunday courses are $1595.
A 10 day combined Theory & Practical is also available from $2490, see calendar for dates.Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

Practical Course Dates 2017:
January 3-8 Mooloolaba – South port Return
January 11-15, 25-29
February 8-12, 22-26
March 8-12, 22-26
April 3-7
April 18-23 Gladstone to Mooloolaba
May 10-14
May 19-23 Mooloolaba – Sanctuary Cove
May 29-June 2 Sanctuary Cove – Mooloolaba
June 7-11, 21-25
July 5-9, 19-23
July 29-August 3 Mooloolaba – Yeppoon
August 5-10 Yeppoon – Airlie Beach
August 13-17 Whitsunday Islands
August 28- September 1 Whitsunday Islands
September 4-8, 11-15, 18-22 Whitsunday Islands
September 25-30 Airlie Beach-Yeppoon
October 2-7 Yeppoon – Mooloolaba
October 11-15
October 25-29
November 6-10
December 4-8, 13-17

Theory & Practical Combined 2017:
January 6-15
February 3-12
March 3-12
March 29-1 April
May 5-14
June 2-11
June 30 – July 1-9
October 6-15
November 1-10
December 8-17
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RYA Yachtmaster Training & Exam - Advanced/Professional

The demand for Skippers and Crew in the Super Yacht industry worldwide is increasing dramatically. There is a definite shortage of personal who are well qualified. If you wish to attain the ‘Master of Yachts 200 Tons’, travel the world on the most exquisite and expensive yachts, visit postcard destinations worldwide and enjoy the benefits of expense free living, get paid and even pick up the odd tip or two, then this is the course for you!

Sunshine Sailing Australia offers professional training to become ‘Master of Yachts 200 Tons’ in conjunction with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). The scheme is accredited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and is emulated throughout the world. The certificates of competence are required by commercial skippers on sailing and motor vessels up to 200 gross tonnes irrespective of length, and as entry to Megayacht qualifications. Additionally, many recreational sailors take RYA Yachtmaster exams as a measure of their competence.

The MCA administers these qualifications. For yachts over 24 metres, the MCA usually require a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore or RYA Yachtmaster Ocean as an entry qualification to their courses.

An RYA Yachtmaster is “a yachtsman or woman competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage that can be completed without the use of astro navigation.” This means coastal and offshore passages within 150 miles of a safe harbor. As any yacht skipper will tell you, those passages that are close to land or across shipping lanes are the most difficult, particularly if the weather is rough or the visibility poor. An RYA Yachtmaster needs a wealth of knowledge, not only to cope with plain sailing or motor cruising in sunny weather and flat seas, but also to be able to cope when things go wrong.

As of the 1st July 2014 AMSA (the Australian Maritime Safety Authority) have formally recognised RYA qualifications as acceptable for commercial use in Australian Territorial waters on commercially registered sailing vessels. Holders of the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean Certificates of Competence can now act as Master on commercial sailing vessels less than 24 meters LOA up to 100 miles to seaward from the coast or as Mate on commercial sailing vessels less than 35 meters inside the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone. Holders of the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence can act as master on commercial sailing vessels less than 12 meters and up to 15 miles from the coast.
This recognition is achieved by AMSA EX18 – Marine Safety (Sail) Exemption 2014.
Effectively this means that once a person holds all of the necessary certificates they can commence working on commercially registered or surveyed sailing vessels.
To meet the criteria a person must –
A. Hold a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean certificate of Competence with commercial endorsement from the MCA. (The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency)
B. Hold an approved, in date First Aid certificate.
C. Hold a Marine Radio Operators Certificate (minimum of VHF)
D. Hold an in date RYA, YA or ISAF Sea survival certificate
or
Have completed the Elements of shipboard safety units or the relevant STCW course.
E. Have completed the RYA Diesel Engine course.
F. Have completed the YA powerboat handling course
or
Have completed the RYA Level 2 powerboat handling course.
G. Make a declaration of medical fitness on the approved form.

To take the RYA Yachtmaster exam you need a Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate, a current Senior First Aid Certificate and a minimum sea time of 50 days, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles, 5 passages over 60 miles, including 2 over night and 2 as skipper. Remember that the examination is essentially a test of ability to take charge of a yacht, so your experience as skipper is most important.

If you are in need of more mileage or training, go to our RYA Fastrack Course for details.

The Course: $1595
The RYA exam fee is paid direct to RYA who issue the RYA Yachtmaster and is £260 plus £33 for the MCA commercial qualification
Run over 5 days, 4 of which are spent with the instructor covering over all aspects of both theory and practical sailing that will be assessed by the examiner. On the last day your instructor will leave the boat and the examiner will jump on.

DATES 2017:
March 13-17
June 12-16
November 27-1 December

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RYA Instructor Training - Advanced

RYA instructors and training centers are all part of our global standard of excellence. You carry with you our international credibility and backing, as do the RYA qualifications you will be awarded.
The RYA reaches far and wide, working hard to maintain its internationally recognised quality standard. Join us and become part of a prestigious crew:

Over 2,200 RYA recognised training centers in more than 20 countries and over 18,000 RYA qualified instructors across the world!

Each person is given the opportunity to present a course plan which takes into account weather, location, tides and currents and the different levels of competencies. Your instructor is there to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant steps as an RYA Instructor are controlled and confident.

During the course, you will be taught how to deliver the RYA practical courses to Day Skipper. You will be given the opportunity to practice your new found skills on the water.

As an RYA Instructor it is your responsible for the management of the classroom and yacht, therefore the course includes people skills, time management, communication, presentation, lesson planning to mention just a few.

All candidates must have a full working knowledge to RYA Day Skipper level both theoretical and practical, all candidates must understand the RYA syllabus thoroughly. Keep in-mind that this is not a sailing course, this is a course to teach you how to teach, so please come well prepared.

By the end of this course the successful RYA Cruising Instructor will be able to undertake preparing and executing instruction both theory and practical to RYA Day Skipper.

Successful completion of this course means that you can apply for employment with any RYA recognized sailing school worldwide with confidence.

‘I enjoyed SSA teaching style in both theoretical and practical areas and felt encouraged at all times to seek further knowledge. Sessions were excellent with plenty of humour mixed with solid learning.’ Thor, Minning Qld interior.

‘Great to have you in Adelaide last week John, your enthusiasm and great teaching approach and support was greatly appreciated. Your suggestions re mooring, presentation, keeping topics clear are all taken onboard. Many thanks and a real pleasure to spend time with you.’ Rod, Hugh and Vern. Adelaide

Previous experience necessary:

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore or Course Completion Certificates to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster.

What will I learn?
  • – Teaching techniques
  • – People skills
  • – Course implementation
  • – Course structure
  • – Management of people
  • – Communication skills
  • – Self presentation
  • – Course planning
  • – Both power and sail
What do I bring?

Bring pen, note paper, navigational instruments and RYA Cruising Instructors Handbook.

What about meals?

All meals whilst on board will be supplied.

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map. The location can be accessed from 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $1795 for 5 days plus a exam fee paid directly to the RYA .Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

RYA certificate presented upon successful completion of your course.

DATES 2017
March 27-31
July 10-14
November 16-20

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Ocean Qualifying Passage - Specialist

November 2016: 14-25
November 2017: 13-24
Whether you are looking to get your commercial MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean or your recreational RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, this voyage will allow you to gain more valuable offshore and ocean experience. On top of that it will be a great ocean adventure and learning experience. Our RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor will help you learn anything you need to know to expand your experience and skill level

What are the details?

12 Day Lord Howe Island Return . This cruise consists of a passage aboard one of our fully equipped ocean going yachts and is ideal for those who wish to sample blue water cruising first hand. After a period of passage planning and preparation this exciting blue water adventure sets sail bound for spectacular Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Ideal for those of you want to practice celestial navigation at sea or need to undertake a 600nm passage navigated by sextant to qualify for the Yachtmaster Ocean. Or build your offshore sea miles and experience ocean sailing at its best! Experience everything an ocean passage has to offer from watch systems to cooking at sea and plenty of time to work on your helming and sail trim .
When you get their have 2-3 days to explore the island and all it glory.
Price includes all food & accommodation whilst onboard, GST, RYA log book and certificate.

What will I learn?

– Passage planning
– Victualling
– Celestial navigation by day and night
– Crew management and command
– Practice pilotage
– Accessing local knowledge
– Accessing weather information
– Understanding sky signs
– Ocean currents
– Ocean meteorology
– Sun, moon, planet and star sights and the use of other navigational aids including GPS
– related to living aboard an ocean passage

What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), towel, sleeping bag and pillow, spray jacket, toilet kit and any personal medication you may require all packed in a flexible soft bag.

You must have completed the RYA Ocean shorebased course to fully understand and get the maximum from this qualifying passage. Practical ability to Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore level is highly recommended. Candidates should hold a HF/VHF Radio Operator’s Certificate and a Senior 1st Aid certificate.
During the course your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations. Improve your understanding of navigation, from the basics through to advance coastal hopping techniques.

A skipper is totally responsible for the management of a yacht, so the course could include meteorology, basic engine checks, passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea, and rules of the road. In addition night sailing will be experienced to give you a taste of sailing in the dark out of sight of land.

By the end of this specially designed program, you the Skipper, will have a better understanding of your own parameters, you will have a deeper understanding of the skills and techniques required to make you more confident allowing you to be a safer and smarter skipper.

‘Having done all the theory up to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, I then turned to John to accompany on my ocean qualifier from Brisbane to Port Villa – principally to provide a confidence factor for my first ocean passage. My seamanship improved dramatically, the theory became reality and the desire to tackle more oceans increased.

As a classic baby-boomer retiree trying to pack years of experience into a compressed time frame so that dreams can be realized with maximum safety and enjoyment, my association with John and Sunshine Sailing Australia has been indispensable [this is, apart from his ability to eat hearty meals in gale force conditions!] Peter Johnson, ‘Ika-tere’

Previous experience necessary:

No experience necessary, though a good understanding of your own vessel is recommended.

What will I learn?
  • – Knowledge of boat systems
  • – Pilotage
  • – Collision Regulations
  • – Operating under power
  • – Sail Trim
  • – Boat handling
  • – Basic coastal navigation
  • – Radio Operation
  • – Meteorology
What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, clothing, bedding and any personal medication you require for 12 days.

What about meals?

All meals are provided.

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map. The location can be accessed from 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $3995. Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

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Close Quarter Handling - Intermediate

On Demand
One of the hardest parts of being the skipper is to have the skills and confidence in close quarters situations.
This course is aimed at the new boat owner or someone who wishes to learn new techniques and brush up on their marina and berthing skills.
If you have ever had trouble parking, get into a tight area with wind and/or tide then you know what this course is all about. We will teach you simple effective techniques to evaluate and effectively manoeuvre the boat to where you want it to be.
Draw on our experienced instructors skills and knowledge and find out what a boat really can do and what it can’t.

The friendly and relaxed atmosphere allowed us to learn without any stress. Being able to have a go without excessive instruction at times to make our own mistakes was very beneficial. We also find the way SSA teaches and gives feedback very gentle and enhances the learning experience no end. Dave and Wendy Milway, Caboolture.

The practical was all very good. It has given me allot of confidence to have a go myself on my own boat and importantly it’s shown me what I should be practising. I’ve been able to pick up some practice techniques which I should be able to now use to increase and consolidate my skill level. Tim Crane, Brisbane.

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What experience do I need?

You should have knowledge up RYA Day Skipper level or similar

What will I learn?
    • – Evaluation of wind & Tide
    • – Close quarter maneuvering
    • – Turning boat in its own length
    • – Driving Side ways
    • – Berth & Parking
    • – Sail trim
What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a spray jacket just in case.

How long is the course?

1 day 9.30-4.30

What about meals?

Please bring your own lunch

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map. The location can be accessed from 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $295pp or $595 own boat,.Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

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RYA Motor Cruising - All levels

The RYA’s Motor Cruising program is for those wanting to start cruising, or to expand their cruising knowledge. It encourages high standards of seamanship and navigation.

You can expect to be taught by an experienced, qualified instructor on board a seaworthy boat with a maximum of five trainees. Courses can be taken either onboard a centre’s boat or your own boat.

You can enter our program at any level, provided that you have the prerequisite amount of experience beforehand. Be realistic when assessing your current experience and abilities and, if in doubt, drop in and discuss your requirements with us before booking your course.

Helmsman’s Course

This two-day course covers essential boat handling, helmsmanship, safety and basic engine maintenance. It is ideal for the new owner who is conscious of the difficulty and potential hazards of boat handling in the marina. Your ability after course is to be competent to handle a small motor cruiser in enclosed waters. No previous experience is required, but some practical experience is desirable.

Motor Cruising Day Skipper

This course gives you the chance to take charge on short passages under instruction. You will concentrate on pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation in tidal waters. Following the course you should be competent to skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters by day. It is highly recommended that you attend the Day Skipper Shorebased Course before taking this practical course covering basic navigation, pilotage, chart work, safety and meteorology.

Motor Cruising Coastal Skipper

This course is for the more ambitious and knowledgeable motor cruising skipper wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night. On the course each trainee will skipper a passage in a variety of situations and learn more about safety, passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling and emergency situations, all in tidal waters.

A suggested pre-course requirement is 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours, and we would assume your knowledge would be at least to the standard of the Day Skipper practical course and navigation to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased course. The Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased course is highly recommended prior to completing this practical course. Following the course you should be competent to Skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night.

What will I learn?
  • – Preparation
  • – Seaworthiness & buoyancy
  • – Pre departure checks
  • – Safety equipment & weather
  • – Manoeuvring
  • – Berthing
  • – On water rules & seamanship
  • – Emergency response
  • – Fire, person overboard
  • – Emergency communications
  • – Distress signals, marine radio
What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), towel, sleeping bag and pillow, spray jacket, toilet kit and any personal medication you may require all packed in a flexible soft bag.

What about meals?

All meals are provided. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to indicate this in advance when you register for the course

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map. The location can be accessed from 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. Course location will be advised for individual courses.

Course Cost?

The course cost for the 2 day Helmsman’s Course, 4 day Motor Cruising Day Skipper and the 5 day Motor Cruising Coastal Skipper is $1,500 per day. Please note prices can be shared with other candidates. Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

Own boat tuition available for all courses
Cost: $550/day. Meals are to be provided for any overnight course for all crew and instructor.

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Own Boat Tuition - Specialist

Let us design a program that will enhance your boat handling skills on your own yacht or powerboat. This practical course is designed to build your safety awareness personalized to your own requirements and vessel, build close quarter skills, such as berthing and mooring techniques plus building confidence in your own ability to take command. We can take you from your own Backyard to the Bay and across Oceans!

Each client is given the opportunity to develop a personal program that might include navigation both electronic and traditional, taking control in close quarter situations and gaining better understanding of sails and engines. Your instructor is there to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant steps as skipper are taken in safety.

During the course, you will be given the opportunity to practice your boat handling in a variety of mooring situations, either power or sail and whilst at sea your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations. Improve your understanding of navigation, from the basics through to advance coastal hopping techniques.

A skipper is totally responsible for the management of a yacht, so the course could include meteorology, basic engine checks, passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea, and rules of the road. In addition, night work could be experienced to give you a taste of skippering in the dark.

By the end of this specially designed personalized program, you the Skipper, will have a better understanding of your own vessel within your own parameters, you will have a deeper understanding of the skills and techniques required to make you more confident allowing you to be a safer and smarter skipper.

‘Having done all the theory up to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, I then turned to John to accompany on my ocean qualifier from Brisbane to Port Villa – principally to provide a confidence factor for my first ocean passage. My seamanship improved dramatically, the theory became reality and the desire to tackle more oceans increased.

As a classic baby-boomer retiree trying to pack years of experience into a compressed time frame so that dreams can be realized with maximum safety and enjoyment, my association with John and Sunshine Sailing Australia has been indispensable [this is, apart from his ability to eat hearty meals in gale force conditions!] Peter Johnson, ‘Ika-tere’

Previous experience necessary:

No experience necessary, though a good understanding of your own vessel is recommended.

What will I learn?
  • – Knowledge of boat systems
  • – Pilotage
  • – Collision Regulations
  • – Operating under power
  • – Sail Trim
  • – Boat handling
  • – Basic coastal navigation
  • – Radio Operation
  • – Meteorology
What do I bring?

Yourself, your friends or family and your yacht or powerboat. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and any personal medication you may require.

What about meals?

All meals are provided by yourself. For programs that run over a number of days meals are to be provided for crew and skipper.

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map. The location can be accessed from 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $595 per day. Minimum course duration will apply for official RYA training programs  Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

RYA logbook and certificate will be presented dependent upon which program you successfully complete.

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Multihull - All levels

Let us design a program that will enhance your boat handling skills on your own multi hull with a private and personal approach. This practical course is designed to build your safety awareness personalized to your own requirements and vessel, build close quarter skills such as berthing and mooring techniques, plus build confidence in your own ability to take command. Improve on tacking and gybing, explore MOB techniques, improve your speed through better understanding of sail trim, and expand on weather, electronic navigation systems and chartwork. We can take you from your backyard to the Bay and onto open offshore waters and beyond, safely!

Draw on our experienced instructors skills and knowledge and find out what a boat really can do and what it can’t.

The friendly and relaxed atmosphere allowed us to learn without any stress. Being able to have a go without excessive instruction at times to make our own mistakes was very beneficial. We also find the way SSA teaches and gives feedback very gentle and enhances the learning experience no end. Dave and Wendy Milway, Caboolture.

The theory and practice was all very good. It has given me allot of confidence to have a go myself on my own boat and importantly it’s shown me what I should be practicing. I’ve been able to pick up some practice techniques which I should be able to now use to increase and consolidate my skill level. Tim Crane, Brisbane.

What experience do I need?

Nil

What will I learn?
  • – Knowledge of boat systems
  • – Pilotage
  • – Collision Regulations
  • – Operating under power
  • – Sail Trim
  • – Boat handling
  • – Basic coastal navigation
  • – Radio Operation
  • – Meteorology
What do I bring?

Yourself, your friends or family and your yacht or powerboat. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and any personal medication you may require.

What about meals?

All meals are provided by yourself. For programs that run over a number of days meals are to be provided for crew and skipper.

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map. The location can be accessed from 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $595 per day. Minimum course duration will apply for official RYA training programs  Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

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Sunshine Sailing Australia - Adults learn to sail

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