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The aim of the Pre-Charter sailing course is to prepare you for your first bareboat yacht charter in Sydney, Pittwater or The Whitsundays

Sydney Private Sailing has designed this one or two day sailing course specifically to prepare you for a yacht charter in The Whitsundays or Sydney Harbour.  Get a group of up to four of the friends you plan to charter with and hire the whole yacht for exclusive private sailing lessons at the standard skippered yacht charter rate for the day.  See Rates

The course is for couples or small groups who have planned a sailing holiday in The Whitsundays and want to fast track what they need to know to prepare them.  We look at the Chart of The Whitsundays and the Hundred Magic Miles and talk about where are good places to go, how to read the tides and identify the navigation marks you will come across on your holiday.  As well as learning to sail and to anchor, we practise plotting courses on the appropriate charts, converting them to compass courses and working out distances using parallel rulers and dividers.

Relevantly, whilst you don't have to have an Inshore Skipper Certificate to charter a yacht in the Whitsundays, the benefits you will gain from the extra experience and confidence the Pre-Charter Course provides will better equip you to undertake the responsibility of skippering a charter yacht, greatly enhancing your enjoyment of your family's yacht charter holiday.

How long do you need?  It depends on you and how much time you have.  Of course, the more practice the better.  A one day course can be arranged any time.  If you would like to do a 2 day course, you can do it over 2 consecutive Saturday or Sundays 10am - 4pm or the course can be done over one weekend.   Weekday lessons are arranged to fit your schedule.  The cost is the same as a Private Charter. 

Students who have completed the Pre-Charter course (assuming they have put some effort into the course and done some reading - see Recommended Books) should be ready to charter a yacht on their own.

It's a good idea if your first bareboat yacht charter is on the same make of yacht you did sailing lessons on.  Sailing lessons with Sydney Private Sailing are all conducted on a Catalina 32.   Yacht charter companies in the Whitsundays with a Catalina 32 available for charter include Queensland Yacht Charters and Charter Yachts Australia.  Both yacht charter companies are based at Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach.

A yacht charter sailing holiday should be fun not stressful, so if after completion of the course, you are still not completely confident in you sailing skills, ask your charter company about hiring a sail guide for the first day or two of your charter until you get used to the boat.

Qualifications required for Yacht Charters overseas
Sunsail accepts YA competent crew as sufficient for people wanting to charter in Greece or Croatia but suggest inexperience skippers would relax more and enjoy their holiday more by joining a flotilla so help can be at hand.  This may change so check with the charter company before booking.

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Yacht Charters Sydney & Sailing Lessons on Catalina 32 depart from Clontarf Marina.  (between the Spit Bridge and Manly) ,
Larger yachts depart from various CBD plocations.