Start Sailing


This Course is designed to provide a safe and enjoyable introduction to Dinghy sailing for complete beginners.  The Course includes an introduction to fundamental boat handling skills and essential safety knowledge.

Junior Start Sailing

Sailors Competencies

When I’m on the water I can……

  • Dress for the conditions including the right PFD, sunscreen, hat and footwear
  • Swim 50 meters in a PFD
  • Right a capsized boat
  • Leave and return back to the beach
  • Be towed around behind a rescue boat
  • Avoid other boats
  • Recognise the ‘no go zone’
  • Reach around a figure of 8 and a sausage course
  • Stop my boat and get it going again
  • Pull my mainsheet in without using my teeth!
  • Steer using my tiller extension when I’m paddling or being towed
  • Tack my boat facing forward and changing my hands behind my back

And when I’m on shore I can……

  • Name the main parts of my boat
  • Tie a ‘figure of 8’ knot
  • Identify where the wind is coming from
  • Rig and derig my boat with assistance