Start Sailing 1 - learn to sail (adults and teenagers)


Sat 03 Feb 2024 9:00AM — Sat 27 Apr 2024 12:00PM
Australian Sailing - 3. Start Sailing 1

Course information

Registrations for this course are closed.

The Start Sailing 1 program is an accredited Australian Sailing course conducted by qualified instructors from our Discover Sailing Centre. The course introduces adults and teenagers to sailing.

The course will run for nine sessions, starting from the 3rd of February. A session wont be run on Labour Day weekend or April school holidays. Sessions commence at 9:00am and conclude at 12:00pm. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 8:30am to allow time for changing into wet weather gear and boat rigging. The program is conducted using the Chelsea Yacht Club Pacers, RS Quests and RS Aero fleet.

The Start Sailing 1 course costs $375 for members and $561 for non-members. It provides over twenty-two hours of qualified instruction, a Certificate on completion and a pathway to the capable enjoyment of sailing, whether that is sailing in club events, or just doing your own thing.


Essential Equipment

  • Bathers – shorts & rashie ideal (avoid cotton)
  • Towel
  • Beach shoes /old runners
  • Hat

Nice to have

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Wetsuit / wetsuit booties
  • Sailing gloves (fingerless)

For further information contact our Boating Manager Dom Jackson and Lead Dinghy Insructor & Coach Dean Addison at

Course Overview

This course introduces participants to dinghy sailing and its fundamental skills so they learn terminology and equipment and practice launching and returning to shore and capsize recovery. 

Course Prerequisites

Water confident.

Who should do this course?

This course is designed for participants who wish to begin sailing in a dinghy. All the equipment and gear will be provided by your accredited Discover Sailing Centre.

Course Outcome

You will gain your Start Sailing 1 completion certificate. 


We recognise that some of our course participants are completing the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award and may be using sailing and/or club membership to complete one or more sections of The Award. To learn more, click here

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