Welcome to Cruisers Forum. Around the world there are many different approaches to sailing schools. The good news is the RYA and YA course are well thought of so you can't go wrong. Having more training is never a bad idea if followed up with some actual experience on the water
. Time on the water
smooths out all the holes in the training. There is the component about actually sailing a boat and I think most people learn those skills quickly. Then there are the other skills associated. Navigation
is clearly a skill you may never truly master. Other skills related to boat equipment
, and repairs
are skills developed over time as well. Given we have over 96,000 posts here you can get an idea that it covers a lot of stuff. No one knows all of it but you need a good familiarity of the basics of all of it.
Your ability to charter will first be based on past experience and second by training. With a little of both you may be required to do a day of check out where you pay a skipper
to go along for a day and they decide if you really know how to manage a boat. It's a total thing. Not if you can trim the sails
but can you anchor
or operate all the equipment
and act like you are comfortable. After that it comes down to the money
. The charter companies do want the money
I don't live in Sydney so I can't suggest a good school
, but my normal advice is go to the school
and meet the actual instructor that would teach your class first. You will do better if you can communicate well with the instructor. No matter how good the school is it's only one instructor that matters to you. You might try and find the better one if they several.