VA12SC is an Australian Sailing Discover Sailing Centre. This enables us to tap into the wealth of resources provided by Australian Sailing, delivering nationally accredited courses with qualified instructors.
Everyone enrolling in Start Sailing 1 onwards receives an Australian Sailing manual and log book.
Designed as initial sailing experience for beginners, this is the program to see if your child likes sailing and wants to enrol in one of our Australian Sailing programs. For this course we use our fleet of Pacer dinghies. Children are accompanied in the boat by one of our qualified instructors. The big focus is fun - we want children to love it and come back and do more!
Start Sailing 1
Using the club’s fleet of PJ dinghies students learn the fundamental skills of sailing and are introduced to the fun of dinghy sailing in a fun and supportive environment. Capsizing and righting the boat is a fundamental (and very fun!) skill that students learn at this stage.
Start Sailing 2
Progressing into Sabot dinghies families can either buy their own boat or rent one of the club’s boats. During this course students master all of the fundamental sailing skills and are now equipped to sail their own dinghy on their own voyage of discovery. Kids in Sabots can choose to one up (solo) or two up (with a friend crewing).
Progressing to sailing in stronger winds students develop the skills required to get maximum speed from their dinghy on different points of sail. This is the stage where we move from learning the basics to focusing on sailing your boat fast!
Once you know how to sail your boat fast it’s time to start showing everyone has fast you are! Which means it’s time to start having a go at racing. There’s quite a lot to learn, from rules to start sequences to tactics and strategy. So we start slowly and build the expertise. The most important thing is to be in the races and learning.
Having enjoyed your introduction to racing it is now time to improve your performance and compete at a higher level. A greater understanding of tactics, wind patterns and boat tuning techniques will all help you get there.