From seasoned sailors to those wanting to dip their toes in the water for the first time, the Coral Sea Academy provides training, education and networking opportunities for people in the Whitsundays with an interest in boating. By bringing together like-minded people and sharing our knowledge and experience, we hope to grow a larger and safer boating community in our region.

At the Coral Sea Academy we are passionate about motivating people to get out on the water and encouraging sustainable boating practices.

Our Better Boating series offers participants the chance to increase their knowledge and skills on a range of boating topics, from safety at sea to basic navigation. Many of our events are free and offer useful information to ensure safe and enjoyable boating experiences. We also partner with marina operator Mainstay Sailing to offer sailing and boating courses suitable for complete novices, as well as those boat owners looking to brush up on their skills.

Learn to sail, learn to boat or simply learn more about your own boat – our Better Boating events offer all this and more.

Better Boating Events

  • A woman sailing

    Women in Boating

    Date: June 20, 2023 6:00 pm

    Our Women in Boating networking event. All welcome – boaties and none-boaties. Mingle with like-minded…

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  • A glass of rum with rope and binoculars

    Ropes and Rum

    Date: July 4, 2023 5:30 pm

    With Mainstay Sailing and supported by Quadrant Marine Welcome to the first event in our…

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  • safety at sea life raft demonstration

    Safety at Sea

    Date: July 18, 2023 5:30 pm

    With special guest presenters VMR Whitsundays and support by Whitsundays Ocean Services. Discover what you…

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  • VHF Radio hand held on a boat

    Radio 101

    Date: August 1, 2023 5:30 pm

    Learn what to say on the radio and how to say it with Mainstay Sailing….

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  • Two women driving a tender at Coral Sea Marina

    Tender Time

    Date: August 15, 2023 9:00 am

    New to boating? Need some tips in how to start, drive and handle your tender?…

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  • Navigation Charts of the Whitsunday region

    Basic Navigation

    Date: August 29, 2023 5:30 pm

    Part of our Better Boating series, the Basic Navigation session is a fun and interactive…

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  • A woman sailing

    Women in Boating

    Date: September 1, 2023 2:00 pm

    Our Women in Boating networking event. All welcome – boaties and none-boaties. Mingle with like-minded…

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  • Sailing vessel winches and coiled ropes

    Basic Boat Maintenance

    Date: September 12, 2023 5:30 pm

    You love to boat, but do you know how to maintain and look after your…

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  • Boats berthed at a marina

    Extreme Weather Preparedness Week

    Date: November 6, 2023 10:00 am

    Prepare yourself and your vessel for extreme weather events. Discover the latest advice from the…

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