Adults Discover Sailing

Discover the joys of sailing on Sydney Harbour!

Join one of the RSYS Sailing Academy’s Discover Sailing courses and experience the beauty of our Harbour whilst developing your skills and making new friends. Whether you’re a nervous novice or looking to brush up on your skills, we offer courses for sailors of all experience levels!

Our Keelboat Discover Sailing courses are open to RSYS Members and non-members with four levels available to take you from your first sailing experience to being a skilled skipper looking for their next adventure. These course are conducted on our Club’s fleet of dynamic Elliott 7s keelboats which provide a stable platform that allow you to discover sailing without the fear of capsizing. Up to 5 sailors will be on-board the Elliott 7s with you including our friendly and enthusiastic Australian Sailing qualified Instructors.

Our courses are held on Wednesday mornings (Ladies of the Sea) and Sunday mornings (Open Courses). Both offerings follow the same Australian Sailing Discover Sailing program. The Ladies of the Sea courses on Wednesdays are open to women only and provide a friendly environment for participants to discover keelboat sailing. The Open courses on Sunday mornings are open to sailors of all ages, genders and experience levels.

Adult Keelboat Pathway

Both the Ladies of the Sea and Open Discover Sailing courses follow the same keelboat pathway. This pathway comprises 4 levels (+ 2 ‘Skill Building’ levels) and is designed to provide participants with the confidence, knowledge and skills to crew and skipper a keelboat.

Start Crewing: The first step on the Keelboat pathway introduces you to the basics of sailing on a small keelboat, including boat handling, safety and sailing theory.

Crewing Skill Building: The ‘Skill Building’ levels are designed to give sailors more time on the water to practice and solidify their skills before progressing up to the next level. This is a good option if sailors don’t have the opportunity to build up their experience elsewhere between the pathway levels (Crewing, Helming, Skippering).

Start Helming: This course develops both your sailing theory and practical skills to confidently take control on the helm; it continues to develop your skills as a crew.

Helming Skill Building: The ‘Skill Building’ levels are designed to give sailors more time on the water to practice and solidify their skills before progressing up to the next level. This is a good option if sailors don’t have the opportunity to build up their experience elsewhere between the pathway levels (Crewing, Helming, Skippering).

Start Skippering: This course will advance your sailing skills and safety knowledge to enable you to skipper unsupervised in sheltered waters.

Spinnakers: This courses introduces you to the fun and challenge of using an asymmetrical and/or a symmetrical spinnaker.

Each level comprises 5 sessions including classroom and on-water time. Spinnakers courses are run based on expression of interest.

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Upcoming Ladies of the Sea Courses

These courses are open to female sailors of all ages and experience levels, both Members and non-members.

November Courses

Dates: Five (5) Wednesdays from 10 November – 8 December
Time: 9:30am-1:00pm
Cost: $580 – Members, $650 – Non-Members

LOTS Start Crewing: SOLD OUT

LOTS Start Helming: SOLD OUT

LOTS Start Skippering: SOLD OUT

February Courses

Date: Five (5) Wednesdays from 16 February – 16 March
Time: 9:30am-1:00pm
Cost: $580 – Members, $650 – Non-Members

LOTS Start Crewing: Register Here

LOTS Crewing Skill Building: Register Here

LOTS Start Helming: Register Here

LOTS Helming Skill Building: Register Here

LOTS Start Skippering: Register Here

April/May Courses

Date: Five (5) Wednesdays from 27 April – 25 May
Time: 9:30am-1:00pm
Cost: $580 – Members, $650 – Non-Members

LOTS Start Crewing: Register here

LOTS Crewing Skill Building: Register here

LOTS Start Helming: Register here

LOTS Helming Skill Building: Register here

LOTS Start Skippering: Register here

Course booked out? Can’t find what you are looking for?

If the course you were attempting to register for has booked out, add your name to our course waiting list. If a place becomes available, a staff member of the Academy will contact you to offer you the spot.

If you are cannot find a course, would like some help or would like to complete the Start Spinnaker Course, please use the contact details below to reach out to a staff member of the Academy.

Upcoming Open Discover Sailing Courses

These courses are open to sailors of all ages, genders and experience levels, both Members and non-members.

November Courses

Dates: Five (5) Sundays from 14 November – 12 December
Time: 8:30am-12:00pm
Cost: $580 – Members, $650 – Non-Members

Start Crewing: SOLD OUT

Start Helming: SOLD OUT

Start Skippering: SOLD OUT

February Courses

Dates: Five (5) Sundays from 13 February – 13 March
Time: 8:30am-12:00pm
Cost: $580 – Members, $650 – Non-Members

Start Crewing: SOLD OUT

Start Helming: SOLD OUT

Start Skippering: SOLD OUT

May Courses

Dates: Five (5) Sundays from 1 May – 29 May
Time: 8:30am-12:00pm
Cost: $580 – Members, $650 – Non-Members

Start Crewing: Coming soon

Start Helming: Coming soon

Start Skippering: Coming soon

Course booked out? Can’t find what you are looking for?

If the course you were attempting to register for has booked out, add your name to our course waiting list. If a place becomes available a staff member of the Academy will contact you to offer you the spot.

If you are cannot find a course, would like some help or would like to complete the Start Spinnaker Course, please use the contact details below to reach out to a staff member of the Academy.

Additional Discover Sailing Courses

These courses are open to RSYS Members only.

Adult Discover Laser Sailing

Discover the joys of sailing solo on one of our Club’s Laser dinghies over 5 Sundays. This new Discover Sailing course is open to RSYS Members only and focusses on developing participants’ dinghy sailing skills.

If you are interested in participating in a Discover Laser Sailing course, please complete an Expression Of Interest using the link below.

Adult Discover Laser Sailing: Register Interest Here

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RSYS Sailing Academy Contact Details

33 Peel St, Kirribilli NSW 2061
+61 2 9017 0153
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