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Airlie Beach Queensland



Sailing the Whitsundays

Learn to Sail in the Whitsundays - Frequently Asked Questions

Our Sail Training Programs are delivered using English speaking instructors and English Language training materials

 Whitsundays Sail Learn to Earn (LTE) Program 

  1.As an Overseas visitor, can I do
the Sail LTE Program if I DO NOT have a Working Holiday Visa ?
  2.What are the chances that I will get employment in the Whitsundays at the end of the LTE Program ?   3.At the end of the program, what other development will I need to: a) advance in the Whitsundays
b) work overseas ?
  A) You can undertake the 23 day program, however you cannot apply for a job with us at the end of the program.
Some guests have done this program
because they saw it as a good way to
spend 3 weeks sailing and learning
in the Whitsundays. Please note participants will be working on commercial charters during the program and helping the crews to run all aspects of the charter.
  A) We DO NOT guarantee work, however, if you are diligent and punctual, attend work neat and tidy, have an outgoing personality, get good results and reports from the Skippers and Crew you work with, the odds of employment improve. You may have to wait a while for a vacancy as we cannot predict when crew will move on to create vacancies. You are welcome to seek work with other Whitsunday operators who will be looking for the same skills.
  A) a) as per 4 below.

b) STWC95 which provides the full fire fighting drills and survival at sea elements. 
USL Coxswains Ticket.

General Questions about Learning to Sail in the Whitsundays

  4) Which courses do I need to do to get a job working on yachts in the Whitsundays?   5) What is the typical itinerary for the
2d 2n Introduction to Sailing Course?
  6) Apart from doing the practice on the
yacht as part of the course, what am
I expected / required to do
A) We offer the Sail LTE, which consists of the Crew Course, a 2nd week on the sail training vessel & a week on charter trips. This gets you ready to work on-board the vessels. 
Soon after this course, you would have to do your Recreational Ship Licence, which gives you the ticket to drive the tender with passengers to/from the mothership, then a Senior First Aid Certificate. If you wish to go further in the industry, it is recommended that within 6 months of employment you complete your Elements of Shipboard Safety Course.
  A) 1st day, crew induction of the vessel,
including safety management systems
on board. Afternoon sail handling, winch
work & getting underway to overnight stop.
Day 2, Swim & Snorkel, then start with
intro to nautical charts & publications.
Afternoon spent sailing to overnight stop. 
Day 3, visit to Whitehaven, then intro to
weather patterns & reading forecasts,
followed by sailing to Airlie Beach. 
Itineraries will vary depending on weather.
  A) Guests are expected to participate
in all aspects of running a yacht in safe
and orderly fashion. This includes
helping in the galley, cleaning up,
keeping yacht tidy and safe both downstairs and on deck.
Doing checks on-board the yacht
to see all mechanical and bilge
areas components are in good
working order. Work on a Charter Yacht is demanding, however rewards and experience gained from working on a yacht around the islands is invaluable.
  7) Apart from clothing, swimmers,
toiletries & personal belongings do you
recommend that I bring other materials to help me get through the Sail Training program?
8)  For the 5 Day 4 night Courses or longer, what happens on the mid week break.
9) What do I get at the end of the courses for qualifications:
a) Intro to Sailing?
b) Crew Course? 
  A) If you are going to pursue sailing, we recommend you get yourself a reasonable Coastal Jacket and Sailing Gloves
All other materials including workbooks
are supplied.
  A) It is a 3 hour break, guests can stay on-board, take a walk into Airlie Beach or use the marina facilities.    A) a) Completed Intro Course signed off in your Record of Sea Service (approved sea service record for NSCV purposes)
& a Learn to Sail Certificate.
b) Crew Course signed off in your Sea Service & a Learn to Sail Whitsundays Certificate.. See also Q15 below.
  10) Which course would you recommend to skipper my own yacht with confidence   11) During the course how much time is
available to do other activities, such as
  12)  Can I do a Scuba Dive while on the Course in the Whitsundays  
  A) 5 day 5 night Crew Course, then further development and practice, because this gives you the skills to navigate your own
vessel safely.
  A) 3 to 4 hours per trip. 
You even get to spend 1 to 2 hours at
Whitehaven Beach.

  A) Generally not available, because spare time on board will be used for completing sail training notes & exercises.   
  13) Do I need a Radio Operators Certificate to take a Bareboat around the Whitsundays   14) What are the minimum and maximum
numbers on the Sail Training courses
  15) What is the IYT Certification
  A) No, but highly recommended that you
do get this certificate.
  A) We generally run with up to 2 Sail Training participants and a maximum of 14 guests with 1 Instructor / Skipper and 1 Crew / Host.  Some departures may have up to 6 students doing our various courses.
   A) We offer students IYT Certification, including the International Crew Certificate, IYT Passport and Program Seal. Students will receive a unique IYT ID number and login.


Explore Whitsundays Group - Sailing Adventures of the Whitsunday Islands Queensland
Inbound Tour Operator Licence is 3368695.

Shop 1, 4 Airlie Esplanade Airlie Beach Qld 4802
Prices in $aud per person. Prices are valid until 31 Mar 2019.
Some Tours out from 24-26 December incur a local fee of $20-$40 per person.
Cancellation fees apply, please see conditions and terms
Credit Card payments incur a 2% transaction fee.
Please note, prices may increase at anytime or specials may be released based on demand.

Our Whitsunday Sailing Tours Include: Service of Captain and Crew, Meals, Snorkelling Equipment,
Wet Suit hire, Linen (please bring Beach Towel), Marine & National Park Fees. The following tours 
also include Local Transfers from Airlie Beach to the Marina and return: Solway Lass, 
Whitsunday Bliss & Day Tours on Southern Cross, Seasprints Whitsunday Bullet and Express. 
Itineraries can change based on weather and sea conditions and guest safety.

Please pack in a small soft bag. Note most vessels have limited storage space. 
No trolley bags can be taken on board.  
  Solway Lass, Prima and Adventurer do not allow bags with zips on board. 
 Large Bags can be stored at our office in Airlie Beach for a small fee. 

 Whitsunday Bliss does allow for larger soft sided bags. NO trolley bags please.

 What to Pack: 
Swimmers, hat, sunglasses, personal toiletries, beach towel, runners or sandals for the island walks.

 Alcohol: Solway Lass has a licenced bar on-board, so no BYO.
Drinks are sold at reasonable prices.  
 All other vessels
guests can BYO Alcohol and store in the esky on board.