About Us

Welcome to the Club Marine Sandringham Yacht Club Boating Academy (SYCBA). Since its inception in 2002, SYCBA has taught over 6,000 people how to sail.

SYCBA offers a wide range of courses from Discover Sailing to High Performance Coaching… even catering for Olympic Athletes and World Champions.

SYCBA has developed a comprehensive Sailing Pathways to help guide sailors of all ages and abilities in the right direction and  is one of only a few clubs in Australia that deliver all YA pathway levels, from the beginnings right through to the advanced programs of the Victorian Institute of Sport.

SYC’s excellent location, purpose built training facilities and well maintained resources give participants the best experience possible. SYCBA is an accredited Discover Sailing Centre. Our instructors are dedicated and passionate about sharing their love of sailing.

Sailing on Port Phillip is a dynamic affair and the set-up at SYC allows us to make the most of a wide range of conditions.

About our Instructors…

Ian Cornish – Yachting Victoria Instructor of the Year 2012

James Sly – Australian Champion 29er Class 2011

Rhan Harris – Senior Keelboat Instructor and YV Instructor of the Year 2007


Prequisite qualifications for sailing instructors include First Aid, Marine Radio Certificate , Powerboat Handling Certificate and Working with Children Check. Our team of instructors and assistants are all qualified with a minimum Level 1 Yachting Australia Instructors Certificates and are trained specifically for the Club Marine SYC Boating Academy courses. All of our instructors are experienced and passionate sailors.

The Club Marine SYC Boating Academy and its instructors adheres to the policy and procedures set by our governing body; Yachting Australia.


Why Discover Sailing at Sandringham ?

SYC has some of the best facilities for sailing in Melbourne.  Due to location and facilities, sailing is less likely to be cancelled at Sandringham than other bayside clubs.

Our training boats boats are stored and rigged just metres from the class room and beginners training takes place in the shelter of SYC’s harbour.

A dedicated Off The Beach building with classroom, change room, registration room and equipment storage facilities is utilised for junior and dinghy programs.

With more than 2,300 members, a full – time club coach, established sailing pathways, Sandringham Yacht Club is THE perfect place to learn and continue to sail.