NEW - Catamaran Experience

RYA Day Skipper Catamaran

Partnered with Multihull Central – Check out their website and catamaran academy here: https://www.multihullcentral.com/catamaran-academy

Suits those preparing to skipper their own cruising catamaran.

Designed to teach you to be the “Skipper” or take charge and combines both theoretical and on- water education. The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht and all crew. These responsibilities include weather forecasting, victualling, engine maintenance, sail selection and vessel handling, passage planning, watch keeping, navigation and pilotage. You will be assessed as to your theory, sailing and seamanship skills.

This Program includes the following courses:

  • RYA Competent Crew Course – Practical (5 day, 4 nights on board)
    • $1,890 on Seawind 1160 includes provisioning on board
    • $2,270 on Seawind 1260 includes provisioning on board
  • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course – Virtual or Online theory (10 – 12 hours)
    • $355 includes kit – express posted overnight
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased theory (40 hours theory + exam)
    • ‘On Line’ $695 includes kit – express posted overnight
    • Virtual/Classroom sessions (40 hours – 5 days plus exam) $1290 + Textbooks
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical (5 day, 4 nights on board)
    • $1,890 on Seawind 1160 includes provisioning on board
    • $2,270 on Seawind 1260 includes provisioning on board


  • Add $95 AS registration, Insurance, Logbook and certificates.
  • 5% discount on program cost for 2 or more persons
  • Single supplement for private cabin POA

ICC Assessment

On successful completion of the RYA Day Skipper practical, you will be able to apply for the ICC International Certificate of Competence. (cost UK 49 pounds and you will be able to Skipper/Charter vessels worldwide


Subject: Sailing

For a while I had been keen to do some sailing, but my wife Janice had shown little enthusiasm. I researched the idea and decided catamaran sailing would most likely to appeal to her.

I found Pacific Sailing School offered a Competent Crew course on a Catamaran out of Sydney. Janice agreed to participate in this five days and four nights course to see if  she would ever be interested in sailing with me ( she’d had almost no experience of sailing). We set sail on board a Seawind 1160 Catamaran with 3 other student sailors and our instructor Brett Hodder.

We loved it and Janice was hooked on sailing. Our instructor was a patient teacher with a wonderful sense of humour. It was a fun time but Brett was always teaching. He included each person being mindful of their particular experience and skill level. He was patient and confident while students attempted new skills/ manoeuvres. Life on board the Seawind 1160 was a fun time. While there was plenty of room on board for the six of us, we could see the boat could easily be  managed by a couple.

The highlight for Janice  was night sailing into Sydney Harbour identifying different lights /markers while the student Day Skippers navigated the way in.
We  intend soon to do Pacific Sailing Schools Day Skipper Course with Brett on the Seawind 1260 and  feel confident we’ll then  be ready to persue my( now our) sailing dream.

We highly recommend this course.
Adrian and Janice Mulligan

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