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Group Size: Max 12
Trip code: AULE
Duration: 23 days or longer
Want to find a sailing job in Australia? Spend 2 weeks learning all the basics of sailing, before climbing aboard one of our Maxi yachts as a uniformed crew member, taking the voyage of a lifetime! This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in Marine tourism and sailing work, as it includes the potential for further sailing job opportunities. Further employment is not guaranteed, so if you just have an interest in learning crewmanship, this trip is equally suitable. By the end of the course you’ll have completed an NSCV (National Standards for Commercial Vessels) Commercial Crew Course and be suitably qualified to put your new sailing skills to work around the globe. So climb aboard and gain amazing new sailing skills, setting yourself up to apply for a sailing job in Australia!
Week 1-2: Training
Your training trip begins at 9am, and you will need to make sure you have checked in the night before ready to begin your on-board training adventure. Your 6-day, 5-night training takes place on a training boat around the wonderful Whitsunday Islands. You will learn all the skills you need to begin your road to a sailing job abroad.
Week 2 sees you completing your training over a further 6 days of hands-on experience. You'll then return to Airlie Beach for a night before embarking on three 2-day 2-night sailing tours as a member of the crew.
Week 3: Sailing Tours
Based in our Airlie Beach hostel accommodation, you will work as part of a crew on board one of the exciting Maxi boats touring around the Whitsunday Islands. Working on a roster basis aboard a Maxi adventure boat, you’ll work alongside professional crews to put your new found marine skills into practice.
Maxi boat tours last for two nights at a time at sea, so in-between each voyage your ‘shore leave’ will be spent back at the hostel in Airlie Beach. Whilst you’re ashore your time is your own, though it may only last for a single evening, as (depending upon trip schedules) boats tend to return at 4.30pm, setting sail again the next day around 9.30am.
All boats depart and return to Airlie Beach, which is the mainland gateway to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Whitsunday Islands. Different Maxi boat tours depart at different times and on a range of different days throughout the week, so you’ll be advised on your sailing times once you’re positioned within the crew.
When joining this trip you will need to bring 2 passport photos with you to use in your Commercial Seatime Logbook.
If you choose to apply for a sailing job after the programme ends, your itinerary will vary depending on your individual sailing and work schedule.
Please note: Although the average total duration of this sailing course is 23 days, this may vary depending on weather and other factors so you should book your flights with this in mind.
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