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The course provided by Pacific Sailing School
Located at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

NEW - Catamaran Experience

RYA Day Skipper Catamaran

Partnered with Multihull Central

Suits those preparing to skipper their cruising catamaran.

Listed here are the steps from beginner to RYA Day Skipper. You can enter at any level, our sailing advisors are here to advise where to start depending on your knowledge level and experience.

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 (making meal plans for a passage), engine maintenance, sail selection and vessel handling, passage planning, watchkeeping, navigation, and pilotage. You will be assessed as to your theory, sailing, and seamanship skills.

This Program includes the following courses:


  • Add $150 AS registration, Insurance, Logbook, and certificates.
  • 5% discount when booked as a program an additional 5% with  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 50 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 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-day and four-night course to see if she would ever be interested in sailing with me ( she’d had almost no experience of sailing). We set sail onboard 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 humor. 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/maneuvers. Life onboard 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 the Pacific Sailing Schools Day Skipper Course with Brett on the Seawind 1260 and feel confident we’ll then be ready to pursue my( now our) sailing dream.

We highly recommend this course.
Adrian and Janice Mulligan

Find out about the skills learned:


Seawind 1170
"Sweet Disposition"

Seawind 1260
"Moon Glider"