Dinghy Sailing

Learn the core skills of sailing while having a ton of fun.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a relaxation addict, you’re sure to find something about sailing dinghies that will float your boat! 

Dinghy sailing differs from yachting mainly because a sailing dinghy is smaller and doesn’t have a keel. The crew must, therefore, use their weight to balance the boat and keep it upright.

Learn to sail on our AS/RYA Level 1 course and then join a Level 2 course to improve your skills. After that, you are ready to start racing or hire a boat and go dinghy cruising around fabulous Middle Harbour.

Whatever it takes, get away from the screen and feel the freedom of the wind on the water. It’s great for the mind, body, and soul! 

Intro Courses


Dinghy Sailing - Start Sailing (Level 1)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the exciting sport of dinghy sailing. It is an intensive, fun-packed programme, starting with the core sailing skills.

2 days



Dinghy Sailing - Start Sailing (Level 2)

This course is for improvers who have completed our Level 1 course. You will practice all of the five essentials of sailing as well learning some basic seamanship skills.

2 days



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.

4 -days



Dinghy Sailing Classes (Level 1 and 2)

Our morning dinghy sailing classes are a great way to develop your sailing skills in a fantastic location. Join a scheduled class or contact us and arrange some private lessons for yourself or your group.

3 hours


Intermediate Courses


Dinghy Sailing Intermediate - Seamanship / Day Sailing.

This course is for those who have completed our Learn to Sail course and wish to develop intermediate sailing and seamanship skills. As with all Flying Fish courses we aim to provide quality education in a fun-packed way.

4 days



Dinghy Sailing Intermediate - Start Racing / Spinnakers.

Racing sailing dinghies is fabulous fun and it's a great way to develop your sailing skills as well as your fitness. This course provides an introduction to dinghy racing and spinnaker handling. After the course, you will be ready to join a club and start racing!

4 days



Hire a Sailing Dinghy

Hire one of our sailing dinghies and get out sailing on your own terms. We have removed the faff factor of ownership. Just turn up and get out sailing. This is a superb way to spend a morning with friends or family cruising the cafes and beaches in fabulous Middle Harbour.

Minimum - 3 hours


Advanced & Instructor Courses


Dinghy Sailing Instructor Course

This course combines on-water training with shore-based training in teaching techniques and leads to the internationally recognised RYA Instructor qualification.

5 days



Dinghy Sailing Instructor Fast Track

The Dinghy Sail Instructor Fast-track programme is designed for basic intermediate sailors who want to fast-track their skills in a stunning location and progress to become an RYA-qualified instructor quickly.

4 weeks



Dinghy Sailing / Windsurf Instructor Fast Track

The programme is for water sports enthusiasts who want to join an inspiring training adventure in a superb location and fast-track their progress to RYA instructor level in two sports.

8 weeks



RYA Powerboat Level 2

This course provides intensive training in the practical skills and theoretical knowledge the small boat driver needs. You will learn to drive our rigid inflatable rescue craft.

2 days



ACMA Marine Radio License (VHF, HF, GMDSS)

This one-day Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved course teaches you to use VHF (Short Range) as well as MF and HF (Long Range) radio for distress, urgency, safety, and general calls. The course includes GMDSS and DSC

1 day



AMSA Coxswain Grade 3

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Coxswain grade 3 is a domestic Certificate of Competency for operating in Australian waters. The certificate holder can commercially operate a vessel less than 12 metres in length for limited purposes in specified waters. It is the first rung on the ladder of the AMSA qualification scheme and represents an excellent low-cost entry point to commercial boating in Australia.

4 days



Marine First Aid

This course has been specifically designed for those working in the marine environment and is ideal for boat owners, watersports instructors, yacht skippers, and crew. The course leads to an internationally recognised first aid qualification.

1 day



Outboard Engine Maintenance

This one day course is for the Sydney boating enthusiast who wants a basic understanding of the operation and maintenance of an outboard motor. We teach you how to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and to rectify defects which do not require workshop support.

1 day



Essential Navigation and Seamanship - Online

This self-paced online course provides a beginner's introduction to the navigation theory and safety knowledge required to go boating safely at sea.

16 hours - self-paced


  • Try Yachting

    3 hours
    Experience the magic of sailing on Sydney Harbour on one of our comfortable yachts. This short lesson introduces you to the exciting sport of sailing in a safe and controlled way.
  • Discover Yachting

    1 day
    Spend a fabulous day sailing on Sydney Harbour aboard one of our comfortable yachts. This is an excellent way to gently learn the ropes, meet new friends, and have a whole lot of fun in the great outdoors. Please choose one of our scheduled dates or enquire below to book it as a private event for your group.
Dingy with the team

Superb Sailing Location

Our training centre is based in a spectacular setting at Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Sydney Harbour.

The local sailing area is blessed with beautiful sandy beaches to explore nearby, as well as plenty of cafes and eateries to visit just a short sail away.

Fish boats are kept a stone’s throw from the water making easy access for sailors and our friendly qualified instructors are here to help you. 

Sailing conditions are generally excellent all year round with plenty of warm sea breezes in the summer.