Come sailing with us on Sydney Harbour and join the fun!

You’ll experience the beauty of the harbour, develop your skills and make new friends. Whether you’re a nervous novice or looking to brush up on your skills, we have the course for you.

The RSYS Adult Learn to Sail programs are open to RSYS Members and non-members.

Our courses are conducted on our exciting fleet of Elliott 7m keelboats. These allow you to learn to sail without the fear of capsizing, and usually with several other people on board. Our friendly, enthusiastic coaches are accredited by Australian Sailing and follow the Australian Sailing ‘Keelboat Program’.



We run two introductory programs for adults:

  • Open classes which are mixed gender and are held on Sundays
  • Ladies specific classes on Wednesdays, as part of our unique ‘Ladies of the Sea’ (LOTS) Program.


Each program comprises four levels:

  1. Start Crewing
  2. Start Helming
  3. Start Skippering
  4. Spinnakers

Each stage comprises five sessions and includes classroom and on-water time.

As your skills progress, you will also develop an understanding of each person’s role and how teamwork plays a major part in being an effective crew member. You will come away with the knowledge and confidence to sail on a small boat competently and for those that wish, you can progress to larger boats or participate as crew on a racing boat.

Upcoming Courses

Ladies of the Sea

Five Wednesdays from 21 April – 19 May
Members $580. Non-Members $650

LOTS Start Crewing: register here
LOTS Start Helming: register here
LOTS Start Skippering: register here

You can put your name down for a course waitlist here.

Upcoming Courses

Open Discover Sailing (Mixed)

Five Sundays from 21 March – 25 April (No sailing 4th April)
Members $580. Non-Members $650

Open Start Crewing: SOLD OUT
Open Start Helming: SOLD OUT
Open Start Skippering: SOLD OUT

Five Sundays from 2 May – 30 May
Members $580. Non-Members $650

Open Start Crewing: register here
Open Start Helming: register here
Open Start Skippering: register here

You can put your name down for a course waitlist here.

If you are interested in doing a Start Skippering or Start Spinnakers Course, please complete the expression of interest form.

Contact Us

If you have any queries, please contact the Sailing Academy Manager Angus Stranack at or Tel: +61 2 9017 0154.