Superyacht crew academy

Superyacht Crew Academy was the first International Yacht Training partner in Australia.

Deb and Chris Brown Superyacht Crew Academy

Superyacht crew academy

Founded by Chris and Deborah Brown in 2000, the Superyacht Crew Academy was the first Australian partner of International Yacht Training Worldwide.

Hi, we are Chris & Debbie Brown. We founded the Club Sail sailing school and yacht charter in 1994 to help people like you explore the outdoors, feel the wind on your face and enjoy the spirit of sailing. We are passionate about sharing the adventure of sailing the ocean with you and helping you gain the skills you need to sail on it safely.

At first we were a "local" Australian recreational training facility. We assembled a fleet of yachts for instruction and charter and enjoyed considerable success teaching Australian Yachting Federation courses.

In 2000 we decided to expand our training activities to include professional training for people who wanted to work commercially on yachts - especially superyachts.

So, after ushering in the new millennium, we became the first Australian Partner of International Yacht Training Inc. (IYT), the world's leading provider of yacht training services - both recreational and professional. IYT provides a stardardised approach to Yacht Training globally and has 87 partnership schools in 25 countries . As a result, 25 countries now accept IYT's commercial and recreational Yachtmaster Certificates of Competency. These countries include 16 Red Ensign countries, Ireland, New Zealand, Marshall Islands, Western Australia, Luxembourg, Bahamas, and Lebanon. No other Yacht Training certification in the world has such global acceptance.

One of the main reasons for this acceptance is the high quality of the training courses and the professional requirements for teaching them. Maritime officials recognise this competence and graduates of IYT can be assured their qualifications will be happily accepted everywhere.

In 2015 we set up the Sydney Maritime Institute as a division of the Superyacht Crew Academy to provide training courses for people wishing to work on Australian Commercial boats. The Sydney Maritime Institute accepts students over 16 years old and provides cross-over training opportunities so students can obtain Australian and International certifications during the same training period or with reduced additional training.

Club Sail has continued to expand over the years, but we maintain our passion for introducing sailing to people who are just starting out. We have been based at the Newport Anchorage Marina since we opened but we now also have a Training Facility at 8 Kalinya Street, Newport.

We look forward to sharing our love of the sea - and our many years of experience - with you.