Cairns Sailing Courses

Cairns Sailing Training courses

The joy of sailing

If you are in Cairns sailing adventures are just at your doorstep. No matter what experience you have, there is a lot to learn before you can confidently step on a boat as a crew member or skipper.

We have tailored courses to suit any level of competency.

Your Cairns sailing journey starts with a phone call…

Corporate Team Building

Working as a team

Get your team working together effectively.

Whether your priority is to kick start, motivate, inspire or just energize your team, Cairns Yacht Academy delivers Cairns sailing team-building events that are proven to realize your corporate outcomes.

  • Networking, socializing, and getting to know each other better,
  • Teamwork and boosting team performance,
  • Competition and bragging rights
  • Celebration, team spirit, fun, and motivation
  • Collaboration and the fostering of innovation and creativity
  • Communication and working better together
  • Enhance company culture
  • Create something to look forward to
  • Show employees appreciation
  • Build bridges across departments
  • Unlock leadership potential
  • Improve employee engagement and morale

Cairns sailing courses

Worldwide Recognised!

Cairns Yacht Academy has a large range of online sailing courses available. From beginners to advanced: from qualified crew to captain.

Some courses have a practical component and some courses are assessed but whatever your sailing goal is, CYA will be there with the right sailing course.

All our sailing courses are delivered via the NauticEd training system and are recognised worldwide.


Try Virtual Reality Sailing!

 Learn sailing knowledge and skills “hands-on” in Virtual Reality – progressing through “Self Mastery” modules as part of NauticEd’s best-in-class training programs. Available now on Meta Quest.

  1. Steering
  2. Sail Trim
  3. Maximizing Speed
  4. The No Go Zone
  5. Points of Sail
  6. Tacking
  7. Gybing
  8. Sailing using the Wind Vane
  9. Sailing a Course


  1. Meta Quest VR headset (available from Amazon)
  2. MarineVerse Cup App ($19.99 – available on MarineVerse)


Free sailing logbook

Free logbook

All CYA sailing students have access to their own personal logbook. Use your logbook to enter your practical experience. It is your own personal sailing resume that you can use to verify your experience…

TrackLink NauticEd 4+ GPS Track Log for SailorsAutomate your entries with TrackLink. It automates your logbook entire process. It even carries over the weather and wind conditions you sail in…

Cairns Yacht Academy is an internationally accredited sailing training school located in Cairns.

With full accreditation from the internationally renowned sailing training specialists NauticEd, you know you are in good hands.
Cairns Yacht Academy is a Cairns based sailing school

Why Choose CYA



With many years of experience in the industry, you can rely on our professional skippers to teach you the ropes.



Training based on patience, understanding your level of competency and teamwork makes CYA the ideal training environment.



With qualified staff that focuses on safety and comfort to get you where you want to be in the shortest time possible.



CYA provides training based on “value for money” utilising our boats or yours.

Corporate Team Building

When teamwork in your business is a must…

Become an instructor

Love sailing? Are you an experienced and competent sailor? Do you like teaching others?

We are looking for experienced sailors that love to pass on their skills to others. Become part of the world’s most renowned sailing training organisation…

Become a sailing instructor

What Clients Say

We took 5 individual staff members out on the water for 3 days and 2 nights and came back as a team. I recommend this exercise to any employer…

Eric Tomson

The instructor was great. Lots of practice, lots of information, lots of fun. Will do a similar thing next your when we are back in Cairns…

Jonathan Downson

We hired Rene as a sail guide which gave us the confidence to sail our new yacht from Cairns to Brisbane. We learned how to sail and know the “road rules” as well as some great seamanship.

Jack Wellington