Check your experience


How much boating experience do I need?

For most of our charterers, our comprehensive briefing and test sail from our guides is enough to confirm that they are able to take command of one of our vessels.

You will be briefed on board your vessel in the marina. The guide will cover all aspects of the Whitsunday Islands, tides, responsible reef practises and other area specifics.

You will also be shown over the boat and how to operate it completely.

If you are taking a sailing vessel, then you will also have to complete a test sail out side the marina to demonstrate competence in controlling the vessel - including sailing, tacking, anchoring and picking up a mooring.

If you are not sure about your ability to take control, then take our simple test below. Don't panic if you get a low score beacause we have a few tips and ideas to get you afloat. We may recommend that you book a sail guide extra tuition. Over the past couple of years, more than 12% of charterers selected to take a sail guide.

Please select any of the below that apply to you:

Experience Calculator

Charter experience
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I have chartered in the Whitsundays before
I have chartered with Cumberland in the last three years
I have chartered with Cumberland more than three years ago
I have chartered a boat elsewhere
I have a member of the crew who has chartered before
No charter experience at this stage
Sailing experience
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I am chartering a motor boat
I sail regularly in club outings
I have been a crew member on sailing yachts
I have sailed on small cats off the beach
I have no sailing experience
I have completed the following course(s)
(Select which ever applicable)
Offshore Skipper or equivalent
Inshore Skipper or equivalent
Coxswains or equivalent
Recreational boat licence
The crew
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Have years of experience around boats
Have been boating a couple of times
Have spent their entire life at Alice Springs, or similarly arid place
General experience
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I have been in charge of a vessel greater than 30 feet/ 10 metres
I have anchored a vessel overnight
I have never anchored a vessel
I have been on a boat greater than 30 feet/ 10 metres, but not in charge
I have never used an electric anchor winch on a vessel greater than 30 feet/ 10 metres
I have two way radio experience
I have been boating on small fishing boats
I have never been boating

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I understand tides and their effect on boating
I have never used a tide chart
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I understand navigation and distances on water
I have never had to navigate myself
I have looked at marine charts before and have some knowledge of line of sight navigation