Learn to Sail Whitsundays
Crew Course
5 Day 5 Night Course - Starts Monday from Airlie Beach

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 Price Including all Meals, all local fees, course notes, certificate - $1699-1749 

International Crew Certification


The Commercial Crew Course modules include both theory and practice and provide the knowledge that is required to be an active crew member on board a Yacht, whether it is under Power or Sail, in the Whitsundays and beyond.

The Commercial Crew Course includes, sailing on the most modern performance yacht, Eureka which is a Sydney 60 in full commercial survey, meeting the National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV).  While completing Theory and Practice on board the yacht, over the 5 days and 5 nights participants also get to experience the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, including around 2 hours to experience Whitehaven Beach, plus Snorkelling on the Pristine Fringing Coral Reefs extending from Hook and Hayman Islands.  Your course will include, Accommodation on Yacht in share bunk, All Meals, Snorkelling Equipment and Instruction, Professional Instructor, Course Notes, Commercial Sea-time Record, Course Certificate.  From day 1 of this training, you will be earning valuable commercial sea-time signed-off in your record.  You will be given a comprehensive set of course notes, tailored to meet the requirements of working on a commercial yacht in the Whitsundays. This program is an excellent start to becoming a valuable crew member and so long as participants are willing to continue to learn and seek additional qualifications, the opportunities in marine tourism are plentiful.  Please note: The program is at sea for four nights on Eureka sailing the Whitsundays and the 5th night will be on-board Eureka moored in the marina. On Wednesday, half way through the program a turn-around is completed at Abell Point Marina.


5 Day 5 Night Crew Course Covers

  Marine Terminology
  • Types of vessels, Parts of vessels and equipment names
  • Safety Equipment- life jackets, flares, life raft, first aid kit, fire Extinguishers, safety harnesses, VHF Radio
  • Relative direction, fore/aft, bows/stern, ahead/abeam/astern, port/starboard, windward/leeward

Marine Ropework

  • Review the following knots – round turn and two half hitches, clove hitch, figure of eight stopper knot
  • Tie the following knots – bowline, reef knot, rolling hitch and sheet band
  Basic Rule of the Sea  
  • Collision avoidance, between sailing vessels, power and sailing vessels and power vessels
  • Keep right (starboard) side in channeled, buoys, beacons and buoyageSystems
  Introduction to Weather  
  • Sources of weather forecasts
  • Importance of weather for yachtsmen, to sail or not to sail
   Sails and Sail Handling  
  • Explanation of how sails work
  • Points of sail and sailing terms
  • Parts of the rigging, standing and running
  Boat Handling Under Power
  • Effects of wind, tide and currents
  • Basic manoeuvering
  Planning the first Voyage  
  • Briefing about passage, to include introduction to charts, tide tables, weather forecasts


  Safety on board and equipment
  • Location and use of – life jackets, flares, life raft, first aid kit, fireExtinguishers, safety harnesses, VHF Radio
  • Do’s and Don’ts aboard a yacht
  • Emergency situations, MOB, Fire etc.
  Vessel Equipment & Instruments
  • VHF Radio, sounder, log, GPS, Radar
  • Dinghy location, inflation, launch and recovery outline
  Engine checks & Maintenance
  • Lubricant condition and levels, coolant condition and levels, drive belt tension and condition
  • Tool, kit, spare parts and service items
  • Visual checks and aids to monitoring engine condition
  • Engine room discipline and cleanliness

Deck Hand Seamanship

  • Stowage for sea, above and below decks
  • Correct use of, care and stowing of ropes, lines and fenders, and throwing a line
  • Mediterranean bows/stern-to mooring
  Sails & Sail Handling
  • Headsail furling
  Sailing Vessel Handling Skills
  • Propeller effect when in gear ahead and astern
  • Rudder effect, rudder and propeller effect
  • Steer a triangular compass course

Marine Terminology

  • Seaworthiness, stability factors
  • Types of ropes, qualities, uses
  • Whipping and splicing
  Basic Rule of the Sea
  • Introduction to lights, shapes and sound signals

Marine Charts & Compass

  • How to use a compass
  • Course steered, and bearings of objects from the vessel
  • Basic fix using hand bearing compass and plotting fix
  • Course to steer, distance and ETA
  Sails & Sail Handling
  • Sail types, storm jib, storm trysail, construction and uses
  • Selection of headsails
  Marine Manners, Customs & Etiquette
  • Courtesy in marinas and anchorages, vessels alongside and prevention of unnecessary noise
  • Safety of vessel and crew
  • Responsibility of Skipper, authority and stress factors
  • Crews duties and responsibilities
   Safety Checks  
  • Location of skin fittings/through hulls, and sea cocks
  • Engine warning lights and alarms
  • Emergency stopping of runaway engine, fuel cut off, etc
  Deck Hand Seamanship
  • Slipping from and mooring to:
  1. An alongside berth
  2. A mooring buoy
  3. Fore and aft buoys or piles – where applicable
  Sails & Sail Handling
  • Bending on, hoisting, lowering and reefing mainsails etc.
  • Handling and coordination of main sheets and jib sheets
  • Sail controls, effect of halyards, outhauls, topping lift and kicking
  • strops or vangs
  • Sail trim, tension, kicking strops/vang etc.
  Sailing Vessel Handling Skills
Under Sail
  • Steering, tacking, gibing, turning upwind/downwind, luffing up, bearing away, trim
  • Sail a triangular course
  • Sail a compass course
  • Heaving to, lying a hull
  • MOB, anchoring, pick u a mooring buoy
  Sailing Vessel Handling Skills
Under Power 
  • Steer a compass course
  • MOB, anchoring, pick up a mooring buoy
  Sailing Vessel Handling Skills
Under Power 
  • Propeller effect when in gear ahead and astern
  • Rudder effect, rudder and propeller effect
  • Steer a triangular compass course
  Dinghy Theory
  • Types, advantages and disadvantages
  • Engines, outboard, 2 stroke (4stroke, inboards, jets)
  • Engines, fueling, spares and maintenance
  • Safety equipment
  • Care of crew
  • Operations, load constraints, weight distribution, stability, balance
  Dinghy Practical
  • Safety checks
  • Handling with oars, engine and sails, steering by compass
  • Safety – lookouts near swimmers, keeping a lookout, speed in anchorages
  • Launch and recovery, stowage
  • Transfer to and from dinghy to vessel and dinghy to dock
  • Coming alongside, beaching and launching from beach
  • Handling with wind and / or current
  • Handling General revision of international crew materials
  Theory / Practical Assessment
  • Assessment of all Theory components of international crew materials
  • Practical vessel handling assessment for sail boat handling skills
  If you are short on time, this sail training course is a great start for people seeking a career in Yachting,  

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