Discover real freedom with Yachtmaster Sailing School.


Thanks to Dave and Martina for the footage of their 5 day liveaboard experience in March 2020.

Gain confidence, knowledge and seamanship skills in Melbourne with our highly experienced Yachtmaster instructors

Melbourne Sailing School

Founded in 1988, Yachtmaster offers sailing and navigation courses to intrepid sailors from beginners to professionals.

The first rule of sailing is to have fun and that’s what we’re focused on at Yachtmaster.

Find out what everyone’s talking about or indulge your sailing obsession with a course from internationally renowned instructor Gordon Syme.

Book a course and experience the thrill of setting sail with Yachtmaster.

Melbourne Sailing School

Learn navigation skills from the beginning
or advance towards RYA theory certification

Yachtmaster teaches all aspects of navigation and theory in classes run by Gordon Syme. From Coastal Navigation, Day Skipper Theory Bridging and Yachtmaster Theory to Diesel Maintenance, Safety and Sea Survival and Radio Operators Licence. Yachtmaster covers them all. Book you next course now.

Our Courses

Yachtmaster Sailing School runs theory and practical courses in Melbourne.

Melbourne Sailing School
Certificate Qualifications

RYA internationally recognised qualifications, from Competent Crew to Yachtmaster

Melbourne Sailing School
Prepare to Charter and ICC

These courses are a must if you’re planning a charter holiday in Australia or overseas.

Melbourne Sailing School
Other Qualifications
Melbourne Sailing School
Gift Voucher

Sailing lessons make fine gifts for all occasions.

Why RYA?
Royal Yachting Association in Australia

If you have always wanted to sail or want to improve your skills, book a course today.

Let’s sail away!

Melbourne’s top choice
for sailing courses

Led by Yachtmaster Gordon Syme, our Melbourne sailing school is known for high quality training in an encouraging and fun environment.

We love to sail and we want you to experience it for yourself. Book a sailing course and start your journey with one of Australia’s leading instructors.

Melbourne Sailing School

What our students say

Yachtmaster has taught thousands of students how to have a blast on the water.

Memorable Moments

Many of our students send us their happy snaps. Here is a small selection of the good times they have been enjoying while sailing with Yachtmaster. Send us your favourite images to and we’ll add them to the gallery.



Following the guidelines from the Victorian Government 
 all Yachtmaster students must be double vaccinated as required by the Victorian CHO.

Upcoming courses for early 2022, see more dates on our calendar page

Introductory Courses 2022
8-9 January, mid week 17-18 January, 29-30 January, 5-6 February

Intermediate and Prepare to Charter 2 day weekend courses 2022
15-16 January, 12-13 February

Passage courses 2022
29-30 January, 26-27 March 

5 day live aboard courses
7-11 February 22; 21-25 February 22 - only 1 position left; 11-15 March 22

Shore based theory courses coming up:

Coastal Navigation | NEW DATE 19-20 March 2022
Day Skipper Bridging | 26-27 February 2022
Yachtmaster Theory | 4-8 April 2022

For more dates please see the Calendar on the website.

Gordon is available midweek for 1 on 1 lessons. Please call to organise a suitable time.

Looking for the ideal Christmas gift for your non sailing friend or partner?
Give them a sailing taster. A few hours on the water with an experienced instructor and some of those fears or reservations may just sail away. Suitable for all ages. Sailing most Wednesdays until end of March.  

For more information call 03 9699 9425
or email