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 essential 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?

Course starts 0930. 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.

What do I get?

The RYA Start Yachting certificate presented upon successful completion of your course.

How long is this course?

This is a 2 day practical course, starting at 9:30am on the first day, and continues the next day, finishing by 4pm. This is not a liveaboard course, you will need to arrange your own accommodation.

Where is this held?

Courses start from Mooloolaba, Queensland. Courses with a start date in August and September start at Hamilton Island.

Need more info?

Email us at, or call on (07) 5478 2299. We are more than happy to help!

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