Sailing School

Sydney By Sail is fully accredited with International Yacht Training Worldwide.

We are the exclusive provider of IYT courses on Sydney Harbour.

About IYT:  IYT Worldwide was started in 2002 to standardise yacht training across the globe. IYT Worldwide offers an entire range of recreational courses from entry level sailing up to International Bareboat Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore. No other organisation offers such a diverse range of nautical training or is as internationally accepted as IYT Worldwide. There are more sailing schools in more countries teaching IYT courses than any other type of training.

Sydney By Sail Courses: 

Our courses begin with the Introduction to Yachting which covers the basics of sailing.

Next is the International Crew Certificate which builds your skills further and goes into greater depth of knowledge.

To follow this you could take part in the Night Sail, an evening of practical experience to help you gain a better understanding of yacht handling at night

The Sydney Harbour Bareboat Course is a great way for you to open the door to Bareboat chartering with Sydney By Sail during daylight hours

The International Crew Package guides you through all of the above courses in a value for money package that you can complete any time within 6 months of starting.

Also take part in the VHF Radio Operator's Certificate which is a short bolt-on course great for increasing your depth of knowledge.

After that is the International Flotilla Skipper/Watchkeeper Course where the aim is to increase your nautical knowledge sufficiently to be a watchkeeper onboard a bareboat yacht or a flotilla skipper in fair weather, daylight hours and within sight of land. A full day of theory tuition is followed by a full weekend sailing course

The International Bareboat Skipper Course is the next step which is a certificate of excellence for those who wish to take command of their own yachts confidently and safely or for those who wish to charter a small yacht for their family holiday

The International Certificate of Competence assessment is a full-day course and enables you to gain the ICC subject to completing previous levels of experience. The ICC provides a qualification recognised worldwide for yacht charter.

Or consider the International Skipper Package which takes you from the beginning to a seasoned skipper (taking part in all of the above courses).

Our Fleet

All the IYT accredited courses up to the Flotilla Skipper / Watchkeeper are conducted aboard Valentis, our new Dufour 310 yacht, perfect for up to five students and the Instructor. For our "In-House',  Sydney Harbour Bareboat Charter course we also use our Hunter yachts. These yachts are also available for bareboat or skippered charter. For our International Flotilla Skipper/Watchkeeper and International Bareboat Skipper Courses, lessons are conducted on our Hunter 39 which comfortably cater for five students and up to two instructors for our sailing passages and offshore training.

Our Instructors

Our fully licensed sailing instructors are highly experienced yachtsmen. Many have done the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, various long distance ocean crossings and international sailing events. All instructors are personally selected by Olympian Matt Hayes for their communication skills, patience, knowledge and sailing ability.

Sail training courses run all year round on weekends and midweek. Two complimentary three-hour social races, conducted on the third Saturday of each month are also included. All students are entitled to discounts on further sailing courses, charters and packages.