Dinghy Sailing - Learn to Sail - Level 1 and 2

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the exciting sport of dinghy sailing. It is an intensive, fun-packed programme for beginners.

6 January
Mon 06 Jan 2025 - Thu 09 Jan 2025
4 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • $895.00 incl. GST
13 January
Mon 13 Jan 2025 - Thu 16 Jan 2025
4 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • $895.00 incl. GST
14 April
Mon 14 Apr 2025 - Thu 17 Apr 2025
4 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • $895.00 incl. GST
21 April
Mon 21 Apr 2025 - Thu 24 Apr 2025
4 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • $895.00 incl. GST

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Description

This four-day course provides a comprehensive introduction to the exciting sport of dinghy sailing. 

On the first two days, you will cover essential basics (level 1) before moving on to consolidate skills and introduce basic seamanship skills on days 3 and 4 (level 2). 

Course programme

Mon  Start Sailing (level 1)

AM     (10am to 1pm)

  • Course briefing, introductions
  • Theory: What to wear whilst sailing. Sun protection, buoyancy, safety first. 
  • Rigging, launching, joyride, and orientation 
  • Reaching course, going about 

PM      (2pm to 5pm)

  • Land drills for tacking, practice tacking 
  • Sailing upwind and the ‘No go zone’
  • Practice sailing upwind and tacking 

 

Tue  Start Sailing (level 1) Continued

AM     (10am to 1pm)

  • Theory:  five essentials of sailing, sailing downwind and gybing, rules of the road.
  • Coaching exercise - practice 5 essentials/practice upwind and tacking

PM     (2pm to 5pm)

  • Theory: points of sail, capsize drill. 
  • Coaching exercise – reaching course practice tacking and gybing
  • Sail triangular course 

 

Wed  Basic Skills (level 2)

AM     (10am to 1pm)

  • Theory: recap points of sail and five essentials. How a sail works.
  • On water coaching exercises, improving tacking and gybing

PM     (2pm to 5pm)

  • Theory: racing the course and starting procedures
  • Coaching exercises– racing  

 

Thu  Basic Skills (level 2) Continued

AM     (10am to 1pm)

  • Theory: Weather for sailors, Essential knots.
  • Coaching exercises- basic seamanship skills

PM     (2pm to 5pm)

  • Coaching exercise – Racing and seamanship races  

 

Sailing location 

The course is based in a spectacular setting at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney Harbour. The club is also home to the Australian Olympic Sailing Team.

The weather is generally warm, sunny, and windy and the sailing area is extensive with plenty of stunning beaches just a short sail away. 

Equipment and staff

Our training fleet includes Laser Pico's, RS Zests, and Laser Bahias, two-person dinghies with trapeze and asymmetric spinnakers. 

Our qualified instructors are friendly, experienced, and professional. 

 

 

What's included

Training, equipment, safety cover. 

Qualifications 

  • AS Level 1
  • AS Level 2

Before you start

  • This course is suitable for complete beginners aged 12 and above
  • You should be able to swim 50 m. 

What next?

  • Come and hire our sailing dinghies or join our Sunday morning classes to develop your skills.
  • Or book a windsurfing course.