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Introduction to Sailing Course

FROM: $899
14
2D
2N
5.0 (2 Reviews)

Departure Times

Departs: 9:00am - Mon
Returns: 4:00pm - Wed

Departure Point: Airlie Beach

Pricing Options

RRP $949 $899 AUD / Person - Introduction to Sailing Course (Between: 01 Apr 2021 and 31 Dec 2024)

Learn to sail in paradise and walk away with real sailing experience!

  • Learn yacht training safety, regulations and manoeuvres
  • Enjoy adventure and discovery for 2 days and nights!
  • Visit top Whitsunday locations such as Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, and more!
  • Walk away knowing the ins and outs of sailing!
  • Learn in one of the best sailing locations in the world

Note: Course work must be completed online before arriving at the vessel! (More details below under "IMPORTANT INFORMATION")

The Introduction to Sailing Course enables students to build their confidence and knowledge of yachts, learning both theory and practical, with hands on experience to master their new found sailing abilities. With small groups and a limited number of 14 students, the primary focus is on learning to sail. Beginners will actively partake in operating the vessel, receiving the best instruction and plenty of time to put into practice what has been learned. These sail training courses provide recreational and commercial qualifications which meet the National standards for commercial vessels (NSCV). The Introduction to Sailing Course will take place on board Eureka II, which is undoubtedly leading the way for modern sailing! Enjoy the thrill of fast sailing around the Whitsunday Islands during the day, and later retreat to the comfortable and beautifully appointed interior below. The trendy finish will truly leave you feeling like you are living the life of the rich and famous!

Hill Inlet, Sailing Whitsundays,

The Introduction to Sailing Course covers:

  • Safety
    • Introduction to use and location of life jackets, flares, Life raft, first aid kit, fire extinguishers, safety harness 
    • 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 & what to do & not do aboard a yacht
    • Learn about sails and handling the sails in the Whitsundays
  • Passage Briefing 
    • Briefing about passage, to include chart, effect of tides/currents, weather forecasts, courses, safe passage. Look out and things to watch for, Keeping track of progress
  • Sailing Rope Work
    • Coiling a line, Securing lines to a cleat, Learn to tie the following knots - round turn & two half hitches, clove hitch, figure of eight stopper knot 
  • Safe use of winches
  • Handling sails and halyards
    • Hoisting and lowering sails. Winches, boom and associated dangers. 
    • Understands the commands for tacking and gybing.
    • Slipping and coming alongside, Anchor, MOB 
    • Securing for sea, lookout duties, 
    • Steering and general duties.

The Introduction to Sailing course is great for beginners who have an interest in yachts and want to develop this further. 

Whitehaven Beach, White sands, Eureka 2, Sailing Whitsundays

Boat Layout

Tap the hotspots on the floor plan below to view Eureka II.

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Layout
Eureka II Floor Plan

  • Private Double Cabin - Double bed in private cabin, requiring 2 people
  • Shared Accom - Double and single beds in shared/open plan area

Sample Itinerary

Whitehaven Beach
Guests on board Eureka II will get to enjoy a stop at the ever-so stunning Whitehaven Beach. Famous for its pure silica sands and seemingly endless shoreline, Whitehaven Beach has been voted one of the best beaches in Australia. It is located on the largest island of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, providing a perfect beach escape.

Hill Inlet Lookout
A short bushwalk in land will lead you to the equally famous Hill Inlet Lookout, which will give you unparalleled views of the beach below and the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. The swirling sands below are created through the ever-changing tides that leave behind a kaleidoscope of blue and white. Capture this moment in a photo and in memory while on board Eureka II.

Snorkelling
The crew on board Eureka II will take you to all the hot spots in the area and provide you with all the necessary gear and tuition if you need it. Below the waterline the Whitsundays offers an array of colourful corals and amazing marine mammals and fish. The waters are a pristine blue and a beautiful temperature year round. Because of the low passenger numbers this vessel can get to locations that are more remote and off the beaten track so your guaranteed a unique experience without the crowds.

Snorkelling Whitsundays, Wrasse,

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What To Bring

Each passenger may bring a bag up to a volume of 30Lt. In your bag, please pack:

  • Change of clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Beach towel
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottles to refill
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunnies etc.)
  • Warm clothes/pullover for evenings (seasonal)

You will also need to bring your own alcoholic beverages, available for purchase in town, or from Coral Sea Cellars at the so...

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What To Bring

Each passenger may bring a bag up to a volume of 30Lt. In your bag, please pack:

  • Change of clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Beach towel
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottles to refill
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunnies etc.)
  • Warm clothes/pullover for evenings (seasonal)

You will also need to bring your own alcoholic beverages, available for purchase in town, or from Coral Sea Cellars at the southern end of Coral Sea Marina. No glass bottles permitted (with the exception of champagne and wine - red or white).

Excess luggage can be stored at several places in town. Please click here for more information.

What's Included

Meals, linen, snorkeling equipment, all course notes, tuition and Introduction to Sailing certificate.
 

What's Extra

  • $23 EMC Fee (as of 01 July 2020) - payable direct at check in.
  • BYO alcohol (no glass). Soft drinks are available for purchase on board. 

Holiday Surcharges for 2020 onwards:

  • Tours at sea between the 24th of December to the 2nd of January will incur a local payment once-off fee of $20 per person per night, payable direct at check in.
  • Tours departing on Easter Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday will incur a once-off fee of $20 per person per night, payable direct at check in.

Terms and Conditions


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

You must complete your online course work before arriving at the vessel for training. 

  • Please complete the online theory through https://www.iytworld.com/ 
  • You must register and receive a student number before orientation
  • Please bring your student number with you to your training
  • You must arrive at the vessel at 9 AM for orientation

Once guests have completed these steps, they will be able to do the practical exam with Eureka and receive their certificate from IYT. 

If guests do not complete the online theory or get a student number, Eureka will not be able to take them as a sailing training student. 


Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling 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.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 


Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.


Travel Risk/Insurance:

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 the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly 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. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Other: 

Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.

Cancellations


Client Cancellations:

All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. Cancellations made 60-30 days prior to travel date forfeit 50% of the RRP. No shows or client cancellations made within 30 days of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.


Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


Refunds:

All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


Accountability/Misconduct:

All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.


Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.


Reviews

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Reviews by our Sailing Whitsundays customers

Steve Judd , 31 Oct 22
Course was excellent. Booking and admin process of the agents organising the course could be improved.
James Carter, 14 Dec 20
I went out on Eureka after several recommendations, it was a great experiece. Mal is a great skipper and showed me in the ins and outs of tying sails, and how to sail. Highly recommend!
Sara
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