Yacht­ing National Train­ing Schemes


Yacht­ing Aus­tralia is the national peak body for the sport of sail­ing with six State and two Ter­ri­tory asso­ci­a­tions as mem­bers. Yacht­ing Aus­tralia and its mem­ber asso­ci­a­tions have over 350 mem­ber clubs with more than 50,000 reg­is­tered sail­ing mem­bers and an esti­mated fur­ther 50,000 reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pants. The peak bod­ies play a vital role in man­ag­ing and devel­op­ing the sport, both today and into the future.

The Yacht­ing Aus­tralia train­ing depart­ment is ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing, review­ing and updat­ing National Train­ing Schemes and the mate­ri­als that sup­ple­ment them. It devel­ops and man­ages of a series of National Train­ing and Cer­tifi­cate Pro­grams for all activ­i­ties, includ­ing wind­surf­ing, small boat and yacht sail­ing and power boating.

Yacht­ing Aus­tralia deliv­ers train­ing; con­duct assess­ments and issue nation­ally rec­og­nized cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for approved units of com­pe­tence and is a Reg­is­tered Train­ing Orga­ni­za­tion (RTO). The qual­i­fi­ca­tions have a broad appeal as they are rec­og­nized all over the world.

Training Programs

National Keel­boat Scheme

  • Keel­boat Crew (12 hours): Intro­duc­tory boat han­dling, safety and sail­ing theory.
  • Keel­boat Helm (12 hours): Inter­me­di­ate level boat han­dling, sail­ing and safety theory.
  • Keel­boat Spin­naker (12 hours): All aspects of han­dling and trim­ming sym­met­ri­cal and asym­met­ri­cal spinnakers.
  • Keel­boat Rac­ing (12 hours): Skills and knowl­edge to be a com­pe­tent mem­ber of a crew on a rac­ing yacht.
  • Keel­boat Sea­man­ship (12 hours): Take charge of a keel­boat in famil­iar shel­tered waters.

National Power­boat Scheme

  • Recre­ational Power­boat Oper­a­tor: This course is aimed at peo­ple with a desire to own and/​or be in charge of a recre­ational power­boat. The course is based on com­pe­ten­cies which map against the National Marine Safety Com­mit­tee (NMSC) National Competencies.
  • Power­boat Han­dling Cer­tifi­cate: This course is aimed at peo­ple with a desire to own and/​or be in charge of a recre­ational power­boat. The course cov­ers the con­tent of the Recre­ational Power­boat Oper­a­tor Cer­tifi­cate, with added com­pe­ten­cies drawn from the Sport and Recre­ation Train­ing Aus­tralia Indus­try Train­ing Advi­sory Board (SRTA ITAB).
  • Safety Boat Han­dling Cer­tifi­cate: This course is aimed at peo­ple with a desire to be in charge of a safety boat, par­tic­u­larly those who wish to assist their clubs or asso­ci­a­tions with the con­trol and sup­port of rac­ing pro­grams and other train­ing courses. The com­po­nents of the course have been designed to develop the participant’s knowl­edge and skills, and to apply this com­pe­tently in actual boat­ing activities.

National Small Boat Sail­ing Scheme

  • Basic Skills 1: The course includes an intro­duc­tion to fun­da­men­tal boat han­dling skills and essen­tial knowl­edge that will allow par­tic­i­pants the free­dom of sail­ing small boats with guid­ance from the Instruc­tor or Coach.
  • Basic Skills 2: This course is designed to con­sol­i­date the expe­ri­ences and knowl­edge gained in the Basic Skills 1 course and to intro­duce skills and knowl­edge that will enable the suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pant to safely and com­pe­tently sail a small boat in con­trolled con­di­tions (light winds, enclosed waters) with­out guidance.
  • Bet­ter Sail­ing: This course is designed to equip the sailor with enhanced skills and aware­ness of the sur­round­ing envi­ron­ment. It builds on the skills and knowl­edge gained in the Basic Skills 2 course and will enable you to maneu­ver the boat effi­ciently in light to mod­er­ate con­di­tions on all points of sailing.
  • Rac­ing Skills 1: The aim of this course is to intro­duce sailors to com­pet­i­tive sail­ing. The course focuses on refin­ing enhanced boat han­dling skills includ­ing speed con­trol and maneu­vers and intro­duc­ing par­tic­i­pants to basic rac­ing tac­tics and strategies.
  • Rac­ing Skills 2: This course intro­duces sailors to the com­pass and also to the con­cept of ‘tuning’.

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