Navigate Your Future in Sailing & Build Your Career at Sea

Sailing Careers

Are you passionate about sailing and interested in turning it into a rewarding career?

We offer comprehensive training programs designed to equip you with the skills and certifications needed to excel in various maritime professions, from teaching to private skippering and chartering. Here’s a guide to the essential courses and certifications you’ll need.


Essential Courses & Certifications

To pursue a career in sailing, you’ll need to complete the following courses:

  • Sea Safety Survival Course
  • First Aid & Marine Medicine
  • Short Range Radio (VHF)
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Diesel
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Commercial Endorsed

These courses provide the foundational knowledge and skills required to perform specified duties on sailing vessels, such as:

  • Master of a sailing vessel up to 24 meters long with operating power under 75 kW in inland waters and all waters up to 100 nautical miles from shore.
  • Mate of a sailing vessel up to 35 meters long in inland waters and all waters to the outer limit of the Exclusive Economic Zone.
  • Operator of a sailing vessel up to 12 meters long with operating power under 75 kW in inland waters and all waters up to 15 nautical miles from shore.

Exemption 18

Exemption 18 allows you to perform specified duties without a certificate of competency. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Make a declaration of medical fitness.
  • Hold a current first aid certificate (HLTAID011 Provide First Aid or equivalent).
  • Hold a Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency.
  • Complete the necessary training and hold relevant certificates.

General Training

To qualify for Exemption 18, you must complete either:

  • MARS00008 Shipboard Safety skill set units through a registered training organization.
  • Australian Sailing RYA Safety and Sea Survival course or World Sailing Offshore personal survival course.

Specific Training Requirements

For specific duties, you must also meet additional training requirements:

For Masters and Mates:

  • Complete the RYA Diesel Engine course and the RYA Level 2 Powerboat course.
  • Hold the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence.

For Operators of Smaller Vessels:

  • Hold the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate.

Deckhands and Entry-Level Positions

For those starting in the yachting/cruising industry, obtaining the STCW 10 certification is crucial. We offer the following classes towards STCW 10, in collaboration with Maritime Careers for additional courses:

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • First Aid
  • Sea Safety Survival
  • Short Range Radio

Why Choose a Sailing Career?

A career in sailing opens up a world of opportunities. Whether you aspire to work on luxury yachts, teach sailing, or explore the globe as a professional sailor, our training programs will set you on the right path. The maritime industry offers diverse roles that are both challenging and fulfilling, with the added bonus of traveling to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

Our Training Programs

Our structured courses are designed to equip you with the knowledge and hands-on experience required for a successful career at sea. We offer training on various types of boats, including monohulls, catamarans, and keelboats, ensuring you gain a wide range of skills.

Real-World Experience

Training with Sunshine Sailing Australia means learning from experienced instructors who bring a wealth of real-world knowledge to the classroom and on-water training. Our courses are conducted in some of Australia’s most scenic and challenging sailing locations, such as the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, and the Whitsundays. This practical experience is invaluable in preparing you for a successful career in the maritime industry.


International Recognition

Our RYA-certified courses are recognised globally, ensuring your qualifications will open doors to sailing careers around the world. Whether you aim to work locally or internationally, our training programs will provide the credentials and confidence you need to succeed.

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Local Expertise

Our SSA courses are designed with local conditions in mind, providing you with practical skills and knowledge tailored to the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane waters. Whether you’re aiming to sail locally or enhance your skills for personal enjoyment, our programs on monohulls, catamarans, and keelboats will give you the confidence and expertise needed to navigate these beautiful waters safely and effectively.