We have sailing programs to suit all levels, browse our most popular courses below.

Harbour Crew

Want to try your hand at sailing on beautiful Sydney Harbour. Our Harbour Crew Program teaches you the basics to get out on the water…

RYA Monohull Day
Skipper Program

For those that may be currently sailing and wanting to refine their skills to charter a yacht in Australia or internationally…

RYA Catamaran Day
Skipper Program

Introducing the fantastic opportunity to undertake RYA Training courses on board a cruising catamaran, partnered with Multihull Central.

RYA Coastal

For the serious sailor who wants to venture offshore safely and with confidence. Internationally recognized and RYA accredited.

Australian Sailing
Competent Crew

This is the best way to start sailing – On board from lesson one! A great way to see the Harbour and meet lots of new people.

Online Courses

Our online courses are catered for all from new sailors to budding skippers. As well as providing flexibility, they provide an easy way to complete pre-requisites for certain qualifications



Payment plans available on all courses

What is an International Certificate
of Competency (ICC) and how do I get one?

Many European countries require the skipper of a pleasure craft to provide evidence of his or her competence in the form of an International Certificate of Competence (ICC). The ICC allows the holder to voyage internationally, To get an ICC you will need to prove your competence by completing a practical and theory assessment for the category of ICC required. An RYA Day Skipper practical certificate for sail or power is sufficient to illustrate competency.


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2.5 years ago I moved to Australia from the UK on my own. As ‘Billy no mates’ (as I left friends and family behind), I spent my first full day in Australia at a sailing lesson Pacific Sailing School . I had lessons, did my dayskipper course, various boat deliveries, raced on as many days of the week as possible whilst still being able to earn a living, with the goal of learning to sail as fast as possible, and working towards doing the #rolexsydneyhobart race, one of the world’s most famous offshore races. Not only have I fulfilled a dream, but we won on phs handicap, came third out of all non professional crews (Corinthians), and to top it off I won ‘Best on Boat’. Literally couldn’t be happier!! 😍🎉All of this wouldn’t have been possible without my Aussie sailing family and friends through the advice, support, introductions, and generally making sailing so much fun. Thank you!! 😘 

— World Sailing Safety and Sea Survival Course Review —

“Myself and the crew of the Winning Appliances completed the World Sailing Safety and Sea Survival course prior to this year’s Sydney to Hobart race. Terry was highly professional and the course was extremely valuable, as it helped everyone to understand their responsibilities and practice strategies and procedures to prevent and address emergencies at sea. I would highly recommend this course and Terry Wise to anyone considering doing an offshore race”

We wish to offer much appreciation for your kindness in going above and beyond in providing a young Canadian boy (that didn’t know a soul in Sydney) a safe, happy environment for him to fulfil a challenging dream. Your encouragement and his determination allowed him to achieve an unbelievable accreditation. We are so, so proud of him and grateful to you!

Pacific Sailing School gave me the opportunity to put my sailing dreams into reality with an accreditation that will cover me around the world no matter where I sail. The team at PSS shared a wealth of blue water knowledge with me, which has certainly prepared me for long distance ocean adventures. Definitely the best sailing school in Australia!!

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John Winning – SSSC
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