Sailing Jobs in Australia
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Group Size: Max 12
Trip code: AULE
Duration: 23 days or longer
Want to find a sailing job in Australia? Spend 2 weeks learning all the basics of sailing, before climbing aboard one of our Maxi yachts as a uniformed crew member, taking the voyage of a lifetime! This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in Marine tourism and sailing work, as it includes the potential for further sailing job opportunities. Further employment is not guaranteed, so if you just have an interest in learning crewmanship, this trip is equally suitable. By the end of the course you’ll have completed an NSCV (National Standards for Commercial Vessels) Commercial Crew Course and be suitably qualified to put your new sailing skills to work around the globe. So climb aboard and gain amazing new sailing skills, setting yourself up to apply for a sailing job in Australia!
- Spend 2 weeks learning all the basics of sailing and yachting as you breeze through the wonder of the Whitsunday Islands and get set for a sailing job in Australia!
- Gain NSCV (National Standards for Commercial Vessels) Commercial Crew Course training, and have your Commercial Seatime Qualifications logged from the very first day of your course!
- After gaining your qualifications, you can become a working member of the crew, helping aboard some of our six Maxi yacht tours
- Get to know your boom from your bowsprit and learn all the introductory basics of running a yacht (or at least remember which are the port and starboard sides!)
- Keep your binoculars to hand and spot some incredible natural sights, from seeing humpback whales and exploring coral reefs as you sail through the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Week 1-2: Training
Your training trip begins at 9am, and you will need to make sure you have checked in the night before ready to begin your on-board training adventure. Your 6-day, 5-night training takes place on a training boat around the wonderful Whitsunday Islands. You will learn all the skills you need to begin your road to a sailing job abroad.
Week 2 sees you completing your training over a further 6 days of hands-on experience. You'll then return to Airlie Beach for a night before embarking on three 2-day 2-night sailing tours as a member of the crew.
Week 3: Sailing Tours
Based in our Airlie Beach hostel accommodation, you will work as part of a crew on board one of the exciting Maxi boats touring around the Whitsunday Islands. Working on a roster basis aboard a Maxi adventure boat, you’ll work alongside professional crews to put your new found marine skills into practice.
Maxi boat tours last for two nights at a time at sea, so in-between each voyage your ‘shore leave’ will be spent back at the hostel in Airlie Beach. Whilst you’re ashore your time is your own, though it may only last for a single evening, as (depending upon trip schedules) boats tend to return at 4.30pm, setting sail again the next day around 9.30am.
All boats depart and return to Airlie Beach, which is the mainland gateway to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Whitsunday Islands. Different Maxi boat tours depart at different times and on a range of different days throughout the week, so you’ll be advised on your sailing times once you’re positioned within the crew.
When joining this trip you will need to bring 2 passport photos with you to use in your Commercial Seatime Logbook.
If you choose to apply for a sailing job after the programme ends, your itinerary will vary depending on your individual sailing and work schedule.
Please note: Although the average total duration of this sailing course is 23 days, this may vary depending on weather and other factors so you should book your flights with this in mind.
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Your training trip begins on a Monday at 9am from Airlie Beach. Please make sure you have checked in at the Airlie Beach office by 7pm on the previous evening (Sunday). Once on board your training boat, you’ll have some incredible World Heritage listed marine vistas and an abundance of golden sunshine to enjoy while you’re learning and sailing the high seas!
If you choose to fly, you'll need to arrange your flights into Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) at Proserpine, then take a local shuttle transfer to Airlie Beach. Alternatively, you can arrive into Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) and take a ferry transfer to Airlie Beach. Both airports are served by Virgin Blue or Jetstar from Brisbane.
If you wish to arrive by road into Airlie Beach, Express Coach Services operate from Brisbane or Cairns to Airlie Beach.
If you wish to travel by train across Australia, Queensland Rail Trains operate services from Brisbane or Cairns to Proserpine.
During your stay you’ll be located in three main areas – aboard your training yacht, at one of our three backpacker hostels in Airlie Beach, and aboard some of our six Maxi yachts while you work as a crew member. At the end of your stay you’ll be returned to Airlie Beach, where it’s up to you to decide where to go next!
On your sailing school adventures you’ll be located in a number of different places and living aboard a variety of different boats, from the training vessel you learn on, to our Airlie beach hostel accommodation and the Maxi boats you’ll be working on.
During your time on your training vessel, your accommodation will be in open plan/dorm style bunks with your fellow sailing students.
While working aboard the Maxi yachts, you’ll also be sleeping on board. Designed for adventure and fun across the high seas, our Maxi boats are large, at over 22 meters in length, and are mostly ex-racing yachts. Usually there will be between 22-and 29 guests and three crew member aboard each, and as Maxi tours are designed for people to party on, you’ll have plenty of time to talk and get to know the guests on board while you work. Accommodation here is again either open bunk or shared cabin style, depending upon the boat. You’ll spend twelve nights in total working aboard one of the Maxi yachts.
During your shore leave you spend a total of six nights in one of our three hostels in Airlie Beach. Situated in a range of gorgeous places from the beach to tropical gardens, you’ll enjoy a modern, clean and relaxing stay in all, and can enjoy a range of volleyball, pool, spa, bar, and restaurant and kitchen facilities when you’re not catching up on sleep in your dorm. All hostels are centrally located within easy reach of Airlie beach lagoon, and all offer parking facilities.
All meals during the times you are at sea are included. Meals during your ‘shore leave’ at the hostels are not included however, so you’ll need to factor some money for this into your budget. Restaurant and kitchen facilities are available at the hostels.
Meals aboard will be whipped up by our friendly crew (this may even be one of your jobs on the Maxi tours!) and you’ll find a storm of freshly prepared meals making sure you’re well fed and won’t catch scurvy!
With breakfasts, mid-morning and afternoon teas, lunches, pre-dinner snacks and evening meals, included at sea there’s enough food available to sink a battleship! Your daily menu while aboard may look a little like this -
- Continental breakfast
- Morning tea of fruit cake and tea or coffee
- Lunch of quiches, breads, pasta and green tossed salads, plus tropical fruits
- Pre-dinner snack of nachos, cheese, dips and crackers
- Dinner of tasty barbequed chicken breast, served with rice, satay, salad and breads
- Dessert of fruit and custard
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. If you want to bring a little sailor’s tipple with you for relaxing evenings on the waves, we allow you to bring and store your own alcohol in our onboard fridges. Bear in mind though that you’ll be up early for more ocean education, so a morning of booze-induced seasickness is the last thing you’ll want!
Please note that the consumption of alcohol will only be permitted during your training and back at your hostel accommodation. Once you are a working, uniformed crew member onboard a Maxi Boat tour, alcohol is forbidden and as you will be seen as a representative of the boat company, we expect you to set and maintain a professional example.
We have a minimum age requirement of 18 for you to join our hardy crew!
Don’t worry if you’re an ancient mariner, as we welcome all old sea dogs on this trip as long you’re fit and healthy!
If you’re planning on working in Australia (for example if you chose to join our crew at the end of your trip) whilst you’re out here you’ll also need a Working Holiday Visa before you arrive into Australia. This visa is only applicable for those aged between 18 – 30 years. If you are just heading to Australia for fun however, an ETA visa will suffice. Both visas can be applied for online.
This trip is aimed for, and suited to those with a specific interest in, seeking a potential career in marine tourism. Saying this, by no means do you have to work or even continue sailing once you’ve completed your stay, so please don’t feel pressured to drastically change your life because of us! As you’ll have certified sailing credentials by the end of your trip, you’ll always have the option to take to the open waves again in the future! At the end of each trip you may also have the opportunity to join our crew as an employee as we arrange a meeting/ interview for all our participants with our sailing HR manager at the end of each trip. Based on your performance with us and the availability of vacancies, we may offer you an employed position among our crew. Please bear in mind that this is by no means guaranteed, nor do you have to accept any employment offer we may extend. As references from your fellow crewmates will be used to assist our evaluation in this interview, it may pay to be a hard and friendly worker during your travels with us if you wish to secure a more permanent job!