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


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
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