Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail Program

Dobroyd Aquatic Club currently conducts two Learn to Sail courses each year. These run for 20 weeks from October through to April (with a break over Christmas). The courses run on either a Saturday or a Sunday morning. These are introductory courses aimed at teaching the basics of sailing and getting them confident enough to sail single handed.

Students must be at least 8 years old and be competent swimmers.

Over the course of the program, the children will have fun and learn the basics of sailing under the instruction of our Yachting Australia accredited coaches. There will be plenty of time on the water to gain practical experience, as well as on-shore lessons to develop the essential skills for dinghy sailing.

DAC is a Yachting Australia Registered Training Organisiation. Our courses follow the Yachting Australia training syllabus. Under the Training tab on the DAC website you will find a list of what will be covered each week. Our Coaches and Instructors are fully qualified by Yachting Australia.

The lessons begin with safety procedures and basic theory and then students sail in club boats with support boats providing instruction and ensuring safety. The minimum ratio of support boats to sailing boats is 1:6.

The course covers:

  • Rigging
  • Rope work
  • Sailing techniques and manoeuvres
  • Rescue procedures
  • Sailing theory and background
  • Weather, Wind, tide and current

The cost is $360 and includes:

  • Coaching by Yachting Australia-qualified coaches
  • A loan PFD
  • Membership to Dobroyd Aquatic Club Limited
  • Yachting Australia membership, including logbook and upon graduation, a certification of competency issued by Yachting Australia
  • the use of a club boat

For more information see frequently asked questions or send an email to learn-to-sail@dobroydsailing.org


Learn to Sail class having a great time.

Transition Class Program

The aim of the “Transition Fleet” program is to revise the skills that were learnt last season and prepare participants for “fleet sailing”.

For transition class details download the PDF


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Weather & Tidal information