Adults Sailing Courses on the Sunshine Coast in Brisbane and the Whitsundays

Take a look at our wide range of adult sailing courses with options for any skill level. 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) recognised 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.

RYA Sailing Courses

Sunshine Sailing Australia - ICC
If you are chartering a vessel in a foreign country.
A short introduction to sailing for complete beginners. By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.
This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew - without you the sails won't go up and the boat won't be steered
Basic knowledge of navigation and safety
Navigational skills for familiar waters by day
A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills. Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn't.
Yachtmaster Theory
Advanced navigation skills for unfamiliar waters both day and night
Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.
An RYA Yachtmaster™ Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.
Sunshine Sailing Australia - Shore Based
Sextant work and planning for long haul trans ocean
This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.
Specialised training for power vessels on your own boat.
Sunshine Sailing Australia - Adults Learn to Sail
The perfect course for those planning a career in the commercial yachting industry.
Sunshine Sailing Australia - Adults Learn to sail
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.
The first step in teaching within the practical cruising scheme is to become qualified as an RYA Cruising Instructor.

Keel Boat


Own boat Power or Sail, in the familiar surroundings on your own vessel
Specialised training for power vessels on your own boat.
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.

Adult Dinghy

Sailing in stronger winds as you develop the skills required to get maximum speed from your dinghy.
From $395.00/Person
Setting out the foundations of sailing for you
From $395.00/Person
Introducing you sailing with all you need to know to get afloat under supervision
From $395.00/Person