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ADULT DISCOVER SAILING

A Discover Sailing Experience gives you the chance to enjoy a fun two hour sail for a minimal fee, without the technical elements of a course. Ask your partner, a group of friends or work colleagues to join you and make it a team effort. Afterwards you can enjoy the great social environment of the club , with some afternoons even offering a BBQ or meal as part of the Discover Sailing Experience.

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $50.00

An introduction to the basics of sailing on a small boat, including boat handling, safety and sailing theory.

Length: 12 hours

Outcome: An introduction to sailing and boat handling, safety and sailing theory

Pre Requisites: Water Confident

Who should do this course: Anyone wanting to learn the basic fundamentals of sailing without getting wet!

Cost: $350.00


Syllabus:

1. Safety Equipment, clothing and safe practices

  • Is aware of hazards on board a boat and understands how to avoid them
  • Understands the correct use of safety equipment on board
  • Understands the importance of the correct fitting and wearing of personal flotation devices  Understands the importance of appropriate clothing and footwear

2. The Boat

  • Has basic knowledge of sailing terms, can identify parts of a boat, rigging and sails
  • Can bend on, hoist, lower and stow sails

3. Ropework

  • Can tie the following knots: figure of eight, bowline, round turn and two half hitches
  • Has basic knowledge of the use of sheets, halyards, winches, clutches, mooring lines and cleats
  • Can coil and stow a rope

4. Sailing Skills

  • Understands the theory and basic principles of sailing including tacking and gybing
  • Has basic wind awareness
  • Can steer a boat on all points of sail under supervision
  • Can trim sails on all points of sail

5. Man Overboard

  • Understands the correct action to be taken to recover a MOB

6. Rules of the Road

  • Has awareness of the basic rules of the road
  • Can maintain continuous lookout

This Course is designed to improve your sailing skills by building on your practical and theory knowledge

Length: 12 hours

Outcome: Intermediate level boat handling, sailing and safety theory.

Pre Requisites: It is assumed that you have some sailing experience and more than likely will have done either Start Crewing or another sailing course previously

Who should do this course: Those wishing to further develop their sailing skills

Cost: $350.00


Syllabus:

1. Safety Equipment, clothing and safe practices

  • Understands the correct use of safety equipment on board
  • Understands the importance of the correct fitting and wearing of personal flotation devices  Understands the importance of appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Knows the location and correct operation all safety equipment on board
  • Understands and complies with the rules for wearing of PFD’s

2. Sail Handling, rigging and ropework

  • Can prepare the sails and rig the boat
  • Knows correct use of halyards, sheets and associated deck hardware
  • Ability to tie the following knots and know their correct use: figure of eight, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, clove hitch, reef knot
  • Can reef and shake out reefs whilst underway

3. Sailing Skills

  • Can helm and trim sails effectively on all points of sail
  • Can helm effectively around a triangular course
  • Can tack and gybe effectively as helm
  • Can heave to
  • Understands the effect and importance of heel and trim

4. Man overboard

  • Can recover a man over board under sail as helm

5. Rules of the Road

  • Has a working knowledge of the General, Steering and Sailing rules and their application  Knows how to source information on local regulations

6. Meteorology

  • Understands where to obtain a weather forecast

8. Emergency situations

9. Anchoring

  • Knows how to raise the alarm in the event of an emergency

This Course is designed to advance your sailing skills and safety knowledge to enable you to sail unsupervised in sheltered waters.

Length: 12 hours

Outcome: This course really builds on the lessons learnt in Start Crewing and Helming and teaches the participant true sailing skills such as sailing without the use of a rudder, sailing on and off anchor, and starts to touch on very basic navigation.

Pre Requisites: Start Helming Course

Who should do this course: Anyone wishing to take charge of a small boat for a short sail in familiar sheltered waters

Cost: $350.00


Syllabus:

1. Safety, responsibility and risk management

  • Knows what safety equipment should be carried on board, its location and operation
  • Demonstrate the correct use and fitting of personal safety equipment, PFD’s and safety harnesses
  • Can assess risks on board and understands how they may be avoided
  • Knows how to raise the alarm in the event of an emergency

2. Sailing skills. As helm can:

  • Come to and weigh anchor under sail in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Pick up and leave a mooring under various conditions of wind and tide
  • Recover a man overboard
  • Handle a boat in confined areas under sail
  • Berth alongside a pontoon under sail
  • Heave to
  • Sail a figure of eight without use of the tiller/rudder
  • Sail backwards under control for a short distance

3. General Seamanship

  • Can carry out basic maintenance on a boat
  • Understands the differing properties and care of synthetic fibre rope
  • Can prepare for tow by a power vessel
  • Knows actions to be taken in the event of major gear failure, such as rig or rudder damage
  • Launch and recovery
  • Handling under power (optional)

4. IRPCS

  • Knows the following: General rules, steering and sailing rules, sound signals, distress signals  Is aware of local regulations

5. Meteorology

  • Understands where to obtain a weather forecast and interpret its use

6. Local knowledge

  • Can interpret a chart of the local area
  • Has basic knowledge of factors such as: Buoyage, depths, areas suitable for anchorage, tidal heights and streams (where applicable)
  • Assess risk, traffic density, local regs, narrow channels

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadrons new ladies-only sailing program runs on Thursdays  from 09:00am – 11:00am or 11:30am – 1:30pm. 

Length: 2 hours

Time: 09:00am – 11:00am or 11:30am – 1:30pm

Outcome: Social, relaxing sailing session for ladies of all ages – over 18 – and experience levels.

Pre Requisites: Nil

Who should do this course: Anyone wanting to learn the basic fundamentals of sailing without getting wet!

Cost: $30.00


 Upcoming Courses

Start Crewing
  • Saturday 4th February & Saturday 11th February – 0900 – 1600 – Register
  • Saturday 18th February & Saturday 25th February – 0900 – 1600 – Register
Start Helming
  • Sunday 5, 12 & 19 February – 0900 – 1300 – Register
Ladies Sailing – Thursdays
  • Thursday 9th February – 0900-1100 – Register
  • Thursday 9th February – 1130-1330 – Register
  • Thursday 16th February – 0900-1100 – Register
  • Thursday 16th February – 1130-1330 – Register
  • Thursday 23rd February – 0900-1100 – Register
  • Thursday 23rd February – 1130-1330 – Register
Start Crewing
  • Saturday 18 March, 25 March, 1 April, 8 April- 13:30 – 4:30 – Register
Start Helming
  • Sunday 19 March, 25 March , 1/ April – 08:30 – 12:30 – Register
Ladies Sailing
  • Saturday 18 March – 0900-1100 – Register
  • Saturday 18 March – 1130-1330 – Register
  • Saturday 25 March – 0900-1100 – Register
  • Saturday 25 March – 1130-1330 – Register
  • Saturday 1  April – 0900-1100 – Register

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