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Trip Highlights

  • Get hands on experience working on board a yacht sailing through the Great Barrier Reef!
  • Learn or improve your sailing skills on land before living as part of a crew as you cruise around the Whitsundays
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification
  • Enjoy relaxation time snorkelling and swimming in the reef

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If you're looking for a course that will enable you to take on sailing jobs in Australia, then look no further! Our fantastic learn to earn courses offer you the chance to enjoy a fantastic sailing trip around Australia’s renowned Barrier Reef Marine Park whilst giving you a real ‘hands-on’ experience and teaching you new, invaluable skills, which beats just sun bathing on deck!

 

Our sailing courses are the perfect way to learn this exciting capability, or a chance to improve your current sailing ability. You will learn the theory behind sailing and then you'll join sailing tours as an extra crew member aboard a charter yacht to reinforce the theory that you've learnt. 


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24 November 2014Commercial Crew - 5 nights$1,609Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
24 November 2014Learn to Earn - 23 nights$2,959Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
1 December 2014Commercial Crew - 5 nights$1,609Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
1 December 2014Learn to Earn - 23 nights$2,959Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
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8 December 2014Learn to Earn - 23 nights$2,959Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
15 December 2014Commercial Crew - 5 nights$1,609Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
15 December 2014Learn to Earn - 23 nights$2,959Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
22 December 2014Commercial Crew - 5 nights$1,609Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
22 December 2014Learn to Earn - 23 nights$2,959Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
29 December 2014Commercial Crew - 5 nights$1,609Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
29 December 2014Learn to Earn - 23 nights$2,959Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
5 January 2015Commercial Crew - 5 nights$1,609Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
5 January 2015Learn to Earn - 23 nights$2,959Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
12 January 2015Commercial Crew - 5 nights$1,609Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
12 January 2015Learn to Earn - 23 nights$2,959Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
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What will I be doing?

  • Sailing Courses (6 to 23 days )

  • 6 day courses (6 days / 5 nights)

  • 23 day course (23 days / 23 nights)

  • 23 Day itinerary: week 1 (1 week)

  • 23 Day itinerary: weeks 2-3 (2 weeks)

Sailing Courses: 6 to 23 days

Next Leg

Destination info

You will start your sailing adventure at Airlie Beach’s Abel Point Marina. Airlie Beach is a lively resort where you can do just about everything from skydiving, parasailing, horse riding, fishing, sea kayaking, bush walking and tropical island and rainforest visits. The town benefits from a manmade tropical lagoon, which you can enjoy for free, all year round. In the evening the town comes to life and there are loads of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs for you to enjoy.

 

Throughout your voyage you will sail the beautiful Whitsundays.  The Whitsunday Islands are located off the coast from Airlie Beach in the Great Barrier Reef. There are 74 Islands in total (66 of them are in their natural state with no tourist activity).

  • Location: Whitsunday islands

Sailing Courses

Our sailing courses are designed for those with an Australian Working Holiday Visa looking to gain employment in the Marine Tourism industry on a gap year and act as a stepping stone to leverage yourself into the Yachting Industry.

 

Our sailing school, an accredited NSCV training centre, has been operating in this area for over ten years and provides a personalised service and training excellence.

 

All courses begin on-land at Airlie Beach’s Abel Point Marina. Here there will be an in-depth orientation and safety briefing before heading out onto the tropical waters.

 

There are three courses available to you depending on your previous experience or qualifications:

 

  • 6 day/ 5 night NSCV Commercial Crew Course
  • 6 day/ 5 night International Bareboat Skippers Certificate
  • 23 day/ 23 night Learn to Earn course

6 day courses: 6 days / 5 nights

Next Leg

Destination info

You will start your sailing adventure at Airlie Beach’s Abel Point Marina. Airlie Beach is a lively resort where you can do just about everything from skydiving, parasailing, horse riding, fishing, sea kayaking, bush walking and tropical island and rainforest visits. The town benefits from a manmade tropical lagoon, which you can enjoy for free, all year round. In the evening the town comes to life and there are loads of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs for you to enjoy.

 

Throughout your voyage you will sail the beautiful Whitsundays. The Whitsunday Islands are located off the coast from Airlie Beach in the Great Barrier Reef. There are 74 Islands in total (66 of them are in their natural state with no tourist activity).

  • Location: Whitsunday islands

6 day/ 5 night NSCV Commercial Crew Course

 

Beginner (no previous experience required).

 

This course contains theory and practical elements giving you a basic understanding of the knowledge that is required to be an active crewmember on board a yacht under power or sail. The syllabus covers crew skills in the following areas:

  • Terminology
  • Nautical Knowledge
  • Seamanship
  • Boat Handling
  • Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Communication
  • Passage Planning
  • Navigation 

6 day/ 5 night International Bareboat Skippers Certificate

 

Intermediate (pre-requisite is International Crew Certificate and/or approx 10 days prior sailing experience on cruising yachts).

 

This is a course of basic pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation intended to assist you to skipper a vessel in familiar waters. These theory and practical modules are aimed at increasing your nautical knowledge sufficiently to be a watch keeper on board a bareboat yacht, or a flotilla skipper in fair weather, in daylight hours within sight of land.

 

Topics covered include:

  • Responsibilities of a watchkeeper
  • Charts and chart work
  • Compasses and magnetism
  • Buoyage
  • Safety Brief
  • Galley
  • Power boat handling skills
  • Sailing boat handling skills
  • Basic first aid
  • Collision regulations
  • Customs, manners and legal requirements
  • Passage plan
  • Short passage
  • Anchoring 

Both the 6 day / 5 night courses allow you to live aboard the sail training vessel while sailing around the Whitsundays and include all meals, course notes, tuition, snorkelling equipment and seatime log book. 

23 day course: 23 days / 23 nights

Next Leg

Destination info

You will start your sailing adventure at Airlie Beach’s Abel Point Marina. Airlie Beach is a lively resort where you can do just about everything from skydiving, parasailing, horse riding, fishing, sea kayaking, bush walking and tropical island and rainforest visits. The town benefits from a manmade tropical lagoon, which you can enjoy for free, all year round. In the evening the town comes to life and there are loads of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs for you to enjoy.

 

Throughout your voyage you will sail the beautiful Whitsundays. The Whitsunday Islands are located off the coast from Airlie Beach in the Great Barrier Reef. There are 74 Islands in total (66 of them are in their natural state with no tourist activity).

  • Location: Whitsunday islands

23 day Learn to Earn course

 

Advanced (this course includes the NSCV Commercial Crew Course).

 

Our fantastic 23 day learn to earn course allows you to experience 12 nights on sailing tours (made up of 2 day / 2 night trips) around the Whitsundays as an extra crew member. Working with professional crews you'll reinforce the theory learnt from your sail training course in week 1 plus learn about the additional requirements of commercial charter work. In addition you need to muck in and help the crew with all charter duties on board. At the end of your course you’ll have an interview and assistance finding work (depending on performance and work availability).

 

If you wish to take command of your own yacht or charter a small yacht with friends or family this certificate of excellence will enable you to do so safely and confidently.

23 Day itinerary: week 1: 1 week

Next Leg

Destination info

You will start your sailing adventure at Airlie Beach’s Abel Point Marina. Airlie Beach is a lively resort where you can do just about everything from skydiving, parasailing, horse riding, fishing, sea kayaking, bush walking and tropical island and rainforest visits. The town benefits from a manmade tropical lagoon, which you can enjoy for free, all year round. In the evening the town comes to life and there are loads of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs for you to enjoy.

 

Throughout your voyage you will sail the beautiful Whitsundays. The Whitsunday Islands are located off the coast from Airlie Beach in the Great Barrier Reef. There are 74 Islands in total (66 of them are in their natural state with no tourist activity).

  • Location: Whitsunday islands

Your first week will involve you training on the 6 day 5 night NSCV Commercial Crew Course, where you will live-aboard our Sail Training Vessel, undergoing theory and practical application, while sailing around the stunning Whitsunday Islands.

 

All meals during the 6 days 5 nights are included as well as, course notes, tuition, snorkelling instruction and equipment, marine and National Park Fees, log books and course certificates.

 

23 Day itinerary: weeks 2-3: 2 weeks

Destination info

You will start your sailing adventure at Airlie Beach’s Abel Point Marina. Airlie Beach is a lively resort where you can do just about everything from skydiving, parasailing, horse riding, fishing, sea kayaking, bush walking and tropical island and rainforest visits. The town benefits from a manmade tropical lagoon, which you can enjoy for free, all year round. In the evening the town comes to life and there are loads of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs for you to enjoy.

 

Throughout your voyage you will sail the beautiful Whitsundays. The Whitsunday Islands are located off the coast from Airlie Beach in the Great Barrier Reef. There are 74 Islands in total (66 of them are in their natural state with no tourist activity).

  • Location: Whitsunday islands

 The following 12 Nights will be spent on sailing tours (made up of 2 day 2 night or 3 day 2 night trips) around the Whitsundays as an extra crew member aboard our charter yachts to give you a true crew experience.

 

You will be added to the roster on the yachts and get to work with professional crews reinforcing the theory that you learned in your sail training course in your first week, plus learning other customer service aspects of working on Charter Yachts. As part of this experience you will also have 6 nights backpackers dorm/share based Accommodation in Airlie Beach to be used for nights off roster i.e. in between tours at sea.

 

Meals while on the sailing tours (12 days), 2 crew uniforms and 6 nights backpackers dorm/share based accommodation in Airlie Beach are all included during week 2-3.

 

At end of programme an interview will be arranged with our Human Resource / Recruitment Manager to evaluate performance with a view to employment. Employment is based on positions being available and successful performance.

 

Please Note: Work on the Commercial Charter Yachts is pretty hard, provisioning the yacht, assisting guests, assisting with cleaning, working the decks, assisting the cook. However, if you are energetic and don't mind mucking in, you will enjoy it.

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What's included?

  • One Sailing course
  • Safety briefing
  • Onboard accommodation
  • 6 nights backpacker accommodation (only 23 day option)
  • All meals whilst onboard
  • Course completion certificate
  • Log book

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Working Holiday Visa

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years, maximum age dependant on potential participant's health.

 

Accommodation

Throughout the duration of your 6 day/ 5-night course you will live aboard the sailing vessel on which you will learn. The yacht sleeps a maximum of six students and one skipper, and you will be the crew! You will be in shared cabins with shared bathrooms facilities and linen will be provided.

 

For those on the 23 day/ 22 night course, during weeks two and three when you are part of the working crew, you will be onboard your sailing vessel. During your time when you are not on one of the scheduled 2-day/ 2-night trips, your accommodation will be in Airlie Beach, where you will stay in shared backpacker accommodation (6 nights).

 

Meals

Three tasty meals per day will be prepared for you whilst on board, usually consisting of fresh, local produce including a traditional Aussie BBQ, fresh fruit and vegetables.

 

Alcohol is not available to buy onboard so we recommend that you purchase some in Airlie beach to take onboard should you wish to have a cold beer or glass of wine in the evening after a hard day’s work!

 

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements in advance.

 

Orientation

Upon your arrival at the marina, you will receive a full briefing about the adventure ahead of you. This will include an explanation of the course that you have chosen, what is involved and what you will learn, as well as an in-depth safety briefing. You will have the opportunity throughout the course to ask as many questions as you like. This is a good chance to ensure you are happy and confident before you set sail!

 

Throughout the course you will have the competent assistance of our qualified, experienced instructors. With a maximum ratio of six students to one instructor, you will be provided with the very best personalised service.
 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. Do I need a Working Holiday Visa for this programme?

No, but if you intend to work afterwards in Australia, you will need a Working Holiday Visa.

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2. Will this guarantee me work?

You will not have guaranteed work, but at the end of the course you will have a meeting with HR to assess your results. You will be able to use the course in your CV for future employment.

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3. If I find work, how much will I earn?

The minimum wage in Australia is $14 per hour. Your wage will start from here.

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4. Will I be able to use my qualifications overseas or just in Australia?

Yes! You will have gained an internationally recognised qualification.

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5. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

You won't bet allowed to take sleeping bags and pillows onto the tours, all bedding will be provided for you.

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6. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

You will be more than welcome to take mosquito nets however there are luggage restrictions and you will only be able take a carry-on bag with you so we would recommend insect repellent.

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7. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box available?

There are no safety deposit boxes on-board and so you will need to take responsibility for your own belongings. It is recommend they you valuables into waterproof/zip lock bags to prevent them from getting wet.

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