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Commercial Crew Course

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Departs: 9:30am - Monday
Returns: 4:30pm - Saturday

A fun and practical course, introducing you to the overall running of a yacht.

Learn both the theory and practical skills needed to become an active crew member, whether under power or sail, in the Whitsundays and beyond. Training takes place on board Eureka II over 5 days and 4 nights, giving students not only hands on sailing experience and knowledge, but also an amazing Whitsundays experience too.

The Commercial Crew Course includes training on safety, regulations and manoeuvres enabling students to build their confidence and knowledge of yachts. Your course will take place on board the most modern performance yacht Eureka II, which is a Sydney 60 in full commercial survey, meeting the National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV)! While completing Theory and Practice on board the yacht, over the 5 days and 4 nights participants also get to experience the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, including around 2 hours to experience Whitehaven Beach, plus Snorkelling on the Pristine Fringing Coral Reefs extending from Hook and Hayman Islands. Your course will include, accommodation onboard, all meals freshly prepared onboard, snorkelling equipment and Instruction, Professional Instructor, Course Notes, Commercial Sea-time Log Book, Course Certificate. From day 1 of this training, you will be earning valuable commercial sea-time signed-off in your Log Book. You will be given a comprehensive set of course notes, tailored to meet the requirements of working on a commercial yacht in the Whitsundays.

Commercial Crew Course Features:

  • Accommodation on board yacht
  • Snorkelling equipment and instruction
  • All meals
  • Professional Instructor
  • All National park and Marine Park fees
  • Commercial sea-time log book
  • All course notes and certificate

From day one of this course, you will start building up your sea time, earning valuable experience that will be signed off in you log book and can be counted towards your sailing qualifications. The Commercial Crew course is the perfect place to develop your interest in yachting.

Commercial Crew syllabus will include:

  • Safety precautions: life jackets, flares, life raft, first aid kit, fire extinguishers, safety harnesses
  • Location and use of: heads, bilge pumps, water pumps, cooker and propane gas, battery selector switch, cabin lights, general housekeeping rules
  • Suitable clothing/footwear, effects of heat and cold
  • Seasickness
  • Dos and donts aboard a yacht
  • Rules and regulations
  • Planning and preparing the yacht for a safe trip
  • Safe operation of the yacht at sea
  • Avoiding/managing emergencies on the yacht
  • General information and etiquette

Enjoy a real taste of the Whitsundays, combining an amazing sailing experience with building, developing, and improving your practical skills in the world of yachting. The perfect place to start for those impassioned beginner sailors.

Your Eureka Sailing Experience

Starting a trend for the boats of the new millennium Eureka II offers a top-quality racing experience, unique to any other yacht in the region! Built in the 21st century, Eureka II has combined the latest racing technology and state of the art sailing equipment with a modern interior design. Attaining sailing speeds that most Sailors only dream of under the expert hands of her experienced skipper, she offers advanced sailors and novices alike the chance to experience a true Sydney to Hobart Ocean Racer sailed to her best advantage in the shelter of the Whitsunday Islands.

Your 3 day/2 night Eureka II features:

  • 15 passengers
  • Comforts of a cruising yacht such as spacious interiors and leather upholstery
  • CD player, TV/Video
  • All meals prepared on board
  • Fresh, clean bed linen
  • Snorkeling equipment provided
  • Rendezvous diving
  • BYO drinks

Not only will you develop your skills and sailing expertise, but you will also have time to enjoy some of the many popular Whitsunday destinations including Blue Pearl Bay, where you can snorkel with Elvis the enormous Mauri Wrasse! Take a walk along your own secluded sand bar in the middle of the passage, where Langford Reef provides a huge sandbar at low tide. Other truly amazing places like Nara inlet, youll see waterfalls and aboriginal cave paintings, and who can forget the most incredible beach in the world Whitehaven, stretching for more than 7km and formed from 98% Pure Silica. The perfect place for a game of beach cricket or a quite stroll with loved ones. The best view of Whitehaven has to be from Hill Inlet look out, the short bush walk offers the chance for everyone to stretch their legs and enjoy the flora and fauna up close.

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What To Bring

Please bring only a small soft bag with: change of clothes, hat, swim-wear, beach towel, sunscreen 30+, warm pullover for the evenings (seasonal). You will also need to bring your own alcoholic beverages, available for purchase at the marina or in town. No glass bottles please.

Excess luggage can be stored at several places in town including at your accommodation. Most charge between $5-10pp for the duration of your trip.

What's Included

Skipper, crew, drinking water, meals, linen, wetsuit hire, snorkelling equipment, Marine Park fees and wet weather jackets if needed. Courses include live on yacht, course notes and certificates.

What's Extra

BYO alcohol(no glass Soft drinks available for purchase on board.

Terms and Conditions

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Tour Operator. The Operator also reserves the right to alter the tour or the itinerary of any of it's tours and organise alternative carriers to those advertised if necessary. It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 2.5% surcharge for VISA, MASTERCARD and AMEX card purchases.

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. Also please note that you need to allow time prior to the boats departure to check in, please ask us for more details


All client cancellations forfeit 25% of total ticket price and all client cancellations made less than 21 days prior to departure will result in complete forfeiture of the full price of the sailing holiday. If the sailing company has to cancel the trip (prior to the boat's departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

Please note it is the responsibility of ALL passengers traveling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of ANY medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

Thank you for booking with Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any advice or assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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