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Group Size: Max 12 

Trip code: AULE

Duration: 23 days or longer

Learn to sail Down Under
Get qualified and find work abroad
Explore the beautiful Whitsundays!

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! 

Trip highlights

  • Spend 2 weeks learning all the basics of sailing and yachting as you breeze through the wonder of the Whitsunday Islands and get set for a sailing job in Australia! 
  • Gain NSCV (National Standards for Commercial Vessels) Commercial Crew Course training, and have your Commercial Seatime Qualifications logged from the very first day of your course!
  • After gaining your qualifications, you can become a working member of the crew, helping aboard some of our six Maxi yacht tours
  • Get to know your boom from your bowsprit and learn all the introductory basics of running a yacht (or at least remember which are the port and starboard sides!)
  • Keep your binoculars to hand and spot some incredible natural sights, from seeing humpback whales and exploring coral reefs as you sail through the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Further trip information

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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Please note that all start dates are departure days for the sailing trip, but you will need to check in to the marina by 7pm the day before you set sail.