• 02 9327 1166
  • Rushcutters Bay, Sydney Harbour

RYA Start Yachting beginners learn to sail course

Discover Sailing with our sailing school!
Taught on beautiful Sydney Harbour, this introductory learn to sail school course covers the fundamentals. You will be at the helm of our exciting keel boats right from the first lesson and comfortably accomplish all the basic manoeuvres of sailing by the end of the course.

Previous Experience Required: None - we will teach you to sail on Sydney Harbour!
Ability After Course: Basic sailing experience and understanding of sailing terms, relevance of wind direction and speed to sailing, points of sail, basic knots, manoeuvres of tacking and gybing, right of way rules, rigging and preparation for sailing.
Instructor to trainee ratio: 1:5.
Course Duration: There are two ways to do this course.

Option 1. PART TIME:
4 x 3 hour on board practical lessons plus an EastSail club race. $655. We also recommend the RYA learn to sail booklet and log book ($40) + $11 postage or the books can be collected from our office.

Option 2. WEEKEND LIVE ABOARD:  9am Saturday till 4pm Sunday, plus EastSail club race. $655. We also recommend the RYA learn to sail booklet and log book ($40) + $11 postage or the books can be collected from our office.  Meals included.
Syllabus of the Start Yachting course: 
* Rigging the yachts            * All points of sailing      * Safety & use of equipment
* Nautical terminology * Downwind sailing & gybing * Upwind sailing & tacking
* Basic knots * Right of way rules * Steering & sail trim
* Buoyage * Person overboard recovery * Basic theory

Additional live aboard syllabus:   
*Safety checks /stowage          * Batteries/power aboard         * Victualling /living aboard

Insurance, safety equipment and use of spray jackets. RYA Start yachting certificate. Meals on the live-aboard course.

Booking and postponement:
Part time course: These commence regularly on weekends, the booking structure is flexible. You do not need to book all of your lessons in advance. You can choose to do 1 lesson a week, or 1 a month, or 2 a day.  To postpone a booked lesson you must contact us before 1pm Wednesday. if you need to change your lesson time after 1pm Wednesday then there is a re-booking fee of $50. 
Live aboard course is run 1-2 times each month, we require 15 days notice to change a booked date.

See our sailing school terms and conditions.

The RYA Start Yachting course is the first 2 days of the RYA Competent Crew course. To achieve the RYA Competent Crew certificate add 2 x 2 day weekend live aboard courses to the Start Yachting Course and pay $1885 for all 3, including the Competent Crew handbook, RYA log book and RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew certificates.

Try sailing! Discover Sailing!

There are 2 ways you can test drive our school.
1. Sails and Ales... Once a month we run monthly 'try sailing' sessions, a great way to get out on Sydney Harbour aboard one of our beautiful yachts and a chance to meet other people who enjoy sailing and test drive our sailing school!! These are held on Monday evenings from 5:30pm during the summer and Saturday afternoons from 1:30pm during the winter season. Check the sailing dates and rates page or give us a call us to check the next dates. After the sailing we have a dockside BBQ and drinks. Bookings are essential. Cost $95. If you then decide to learn to sail with us we offer a $50 rebate on the cost of the RYA Start Yachting or Competent Crew sailing school courses, if you sign up within 2 weeks.
2. Join into a 3 hour lesson with other trainees, these are run most weekends. Cost $165.

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To discuss learning to sail, or more information on our sailing courses call us on 02 9327 1166 or email training@eastsail.com.au
Lesson times for the part time Start Vachting course can be postponed by contacting us before 1pm Wednesday. 2 weeks notice is required to change the date of the 2 day course. Course payments are valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Refunds are not available. Click here for FAQ or terms and conditions

Learn to sail on Sydney Harbour with EastSail sailing school, Australia's leading sailing school. The best place to discover sailing is the Start Yachting Course on our keel boats.

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