Sailing Training


Discover Sailing Centre - Learn to Sail

Bendigo Yacht Club is an accredited Discover Sailing Centre at Lake Eppalock. Offering learn to sail courses for all ages (7 years plus), our club delivers courses through qualified Australian Sailing instructors.

This season, the club will offer its popular courses for Start Sailing 1, Start Sailing 2, Better Sailing and Start Racing for small boats (dinghies). More information on each course’s program is below.

To enrol in a course, registrations are available online. The cost per student is $50 with a valid 2017/18 membership per course and runs for 6 sessions on a Saturday morning.

As all participants require club membership to be covered by Australian Sailing insurance, see our membership page for fees and how to apply.

For any queries, please contact either Mick Floyd, Principal or Anita Hunter, Sailing School co-ordinator by email


Registrations are available to club members for:


To register, click on the link next to the course.  All students to enrol here by Sat 20 January.

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Our courses are popular so please book in early. Course times may vary depending on number of enrolments. Please email when courses are full to go on the waiting list.

Course programs – 2017/18

Start Sailing 1 - 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.

Start Sailing 2 - is designed to consolidate the experiences and knowledge gained in the Start Sailing 1 course and to introduce skills and knowledge that will enable the successful participant to safely and competently sail a small boat in controlled conditions (light winds, enclosed waters) without guidance.

Better Sailing

Discover Sailing in stronger winds as you develop the skills required to get more speed from your dingy.

Start Racing

Your Discover Sailing journey now takes you to your local club/centre where you can join in the fun and challenge of competition as you learn the basics of racing.

Use of Club Boats for training

Club training boats are available for our courses for Start Sailing 1 and 2.

  • Age 7 plus using “Opti” dinghies
  • Age 13 plus using “Pacer” dinghies

Participants in Better Sailing and Start Racing must use their own boats (providing it is safe and in a seaworthy condition) however, there may be a limited number of Club boats available.

Club boats are available for hire at other times. The club boat hire and policy sets outs the conditions of use, fees and expectations – Click Here


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