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Discover the joy of sailing in these four-hour, low cost introductions to life on the water.

Two-day (9am-5pm) introductory courses are the perfect start to sailing.  Take all three and receive the International Crew qualification. Package price $1200.

Gain internationally recognised qualifications charter overseas and train in an immersive liveaboard context.

Challenge yourself on a remarkable adventure around Tasmania, to the Whitsundays or in the Mediterranean.

Join our crew for some of the world’s most exciting yacht racing regattas!


Bespoke, flexible training and cruises. Corporate events, team-building and leadership development.


Online courses for VHF (Short Range) and MF/HF Long Range marine radio make getting your licence flexible, quick and easy. Online AMC exams. AMC accredited.


Sailing offers some of the most amazing experiences in the world.  Learn to sail and a whole new world opens up!

Sail the Mediterranean or Whitsunday Islands. Race in iconic regattas, cruise the coast or even circumnavigate the world. When you sail, a whole new world of freedom and adventure are yours. 

Accessing the world of sailing can feel intimidating and overwhelming. There is a great deal to learn before you can handle a boat and crew safely with skill and confidence. Our students constantly rate us for our welcome, teaching style, calmness and hospitality.

At Blue Water Sailing School you not only learn to sail, but enjoy our resources, community and support to join the world of sailing. 

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Go From Zero to Hero

Many of our trainees begin with no sailing experience, but they have a dream – to sail the Whitsundays, explore the Mediterranean or even sail the world. For some, it becomes an obsession.

We love taking people from zero to hero, as quickly and easily as possible. And, our pathway give you a taste of the sailing life along the way.

Going from Zero to Hero is not without its challenges. There’s lots to learn, it can be physically challenging and the responsibility can be overwhelming. But, we are here to guide you each step of the way and offer expertise, resources and support to make your dreams a reality. 

At the end, you will be confident, skilled and experienced – ready to own a own boat or charter on your own.


Internationally Recognised

International Yacht Training is the most internationally recognised boating standards system in the world. It offers the widest range of courses, ISO quality management and is truly international. 

Your Principal Instructor

Blue Water Sailing School Principal is Tim Foster. Now based in Melbourne, Tim has been sailing for over 40 years. He is a commercially certified skipper and RYA Cruising Instructor, with a Yachtmaster (Offshore), Sea Safety and Survival, Safety Boat Handling, YA Dinghy Instructor and many other qualifications. Former Commodore of the Dobroyd Aquatic Club where he won several club championships, divisional winner of the Geelong Festival of Sails and currently sailing at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria and  Sandringham Yacht Club.

Learn to sail with Tim Foster
Professional Sailing Instructor

RYA and IYT qualified sailing instructor, with 40+ years of sailing experience, numerous other sailing qualifications and racing success.

Online Learning Specialist

Tim has over ten years' experience is online learning development and instructional design in the Australian tertiary sector.

International Certification

IYT Worldwide is the trusted standard of excellence in yacht training, maritime certification and safety around the world. IYT operates more boating courses with more government approvals through more schools, in more countries than any other boating organisation in the world.

Meet 'Boomer'

‘Boomer’ is a Beneteau 40.7, an ideal and very popular training vessel.  Certified by AMSA for training and cruising, she is a comfortable, safe and exciting platform for sail training. We love the roomy cockpit, wide gunwales and high boom. With all new sails, rig, engine and various upgrades she is well-maintained and feels like new. And she’s fast! She offers three double berths and two additional berths in the saloon. Now featuring a Nespresso coffee machine! If you want to learn to sail in Melbourne in comfort and style then hop on board!

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