Sail Intro Course 2 & 5 Night Cruises

Renowned as Australia's best sailing region, the Whitsundays offers a spectacular location to learn to sail. Aboard Academy-approved sailing vessels, you'll undertake a variety of courses while enjoying an adventurous 2.5 day cruise or 5 day cruise of discovery through the crystal waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Your focus will be the course syllabus and numbers are limited to a maximum of 14 students learning to sail at any one time.

Whilst devoting less time than other Whitsunday cruises to tourism and sightseeing, these learn to sail courses are a great way to enjoy one of the most magnificent natural environments in Australia while gaining hands-on experience in sailing.

Introductory 2.5 day/2 night

Undertaken over a 2.5 day cruise, this fun yet practical course introduces the parts of a yacht and their overall running, with a focus on safety and regulations. Even beginners will enjoy being active in all areas of boat operation including basic equipment and manoeuvres.

International Crew Course 5 day/5 night

A more comprehensive course giving you the skills to become an active crew member, this syllabus covers workbook / course notes. Course covers ropework & tying knots, yacht handling, boating information, marine rules & regulations, preparing a yacht to go on voyage, the sail types, selection, setting and managing, safety at sea, managing emergencies on a yacht. Over 5 days and 5 nights you'll be given the opportunity to practice your new skills and/or require internationally recognised IYT certification plus you will have time to enjoy the Whitsundays by snorkelling and exploring the islands.

Ideal for learning to sail, the vessels are adept in both light breezes and strong conditions.


Features multi share single berth accommodation. Maximum guests 14


  • Bed linen
  • Freshly prepared meals
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Course notes & tuition


2.5 Day 2 Night Intro Course
Departs: 9.00am Monday & 2.00pm Wednesday from Abell Point Marina
Returns: 11.00am Wednesday & 4.00pm Friday

5 Day 5 Night International Cruise Course
Departs: 9.00am Monday from Abell Point Marina
Returns: 4.00pm Friday

Additional Info

Children: This cruise is suitable for all ages
What to Bring: Soft soles shoes for the beach, hat, sunglasses, beach towel, sunscreen, swimmers and casual clothing, alcohol, bottled water, soft drink (no glass), snacks, soft luggage only - no suitcases
Operated By: Explore Whitsundays