Teenager Learn to Sail (Keelboats)

 

Teenager Learn to Sail (Keelboats) - 13 - 17yrs

The RSYS Teenage Learn to Sailing Keelboat courses are designed for teenagers aged between 13 - 17 years of age, using the Australian Sailing 'Keelboat Program'. All training courses are conducted by accredited Australian Sailing Instructors and are also open to both members and non-members.

Courses make use of the Squadrons exciting fleet of Elliott 7s sports boats. Our boats allow you to learn to sail without the fear of capsizing and with several other people on board. The Elliott 7s is the perfect boat to learn to sail in and a good starting point to get into both dinghy and yacht racing. 

Throughout the course, our teenage students will be able to enjoy sailing in all parts of Sydney Harbour. Students will be able to learn the fundamentals of sailing and develop an understanding of each person’s role and how teamwork plays a major part in being an effective crew. They will come away with the knowledge and confidence to sail a small boat competently and for those that wish, you can progress to larger boats or participate as crew on a racing boat.

What should I wear on a keelboat course?

With the majority of the course spent sailing around Sydney Harbour, we highly recommend that participants wear clothing that can get wet.

For boys, we recommend board shorts, a long sleeve sports top (similar to what you would wear at the gym) and a spray jacket. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes, a towel and sailing gloves. 

For girls, we recommend board shorts or activewear,/leggings, a long sleeve sports top (similar to what you would wear at the gym) and a spray jacket. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes, a towel, and sailing gloves. 

All participants must wear enclosed shoes, we recommend old running shoes, and a hat at all times whilst sailing. 

The RSYS provide PFD's for all course participants.  

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Upcoming Courses

** Please note that all courses are subject to change with limited notice, based on demand and availability. **

December Holidays - Teen Keelboats

 Courses Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

OutThere Sailing 1 

Week 1 - 0900-1530hrs

Week 2 - 0900-1530hrs

Mon Dec 9 -  Thur Dec 12 

Mon Dec 16 -  Fri Dec 20 

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here - Week 1

Register Here - Week 2

OutThere  Sailing 2

Week 1 - 0900-1530hrs

Week 2 - 0900-1530hrs

Mon Dec 9 -  Thur Dec 12 

Mon Dec 16 -  Fri Dec 20

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here - Week 1

Register Here - Week 2

OutThere  Sailing 3

Week 1 - 0900-1530hrs

Week 2 - 0900-1530hrs

Mon Dec 9 -  Thur Dec 12 

Mon Dec 16 -  Fri Dec 20

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here - Week 1

Register Here - Week 2

January Holidays - Teen Keelboats

 Courses Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

OutThere Sailing 1 

Week 1 - 0900-1530hrs

Week 2 - 0900-1530hrs

Mon Jan 6 -  Fri Jan 10 

Mon Jan 13 - Thur Jan 16 

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here - Week 1

Register Here - Week 2

OutThere  Sailing 2

Week 1 - 0900-1530hrs

Week 2 - 0900-1530hrs

Mon Jan 6 -  Fri Jan 10 

Mon Jan 13 - Thur Jan 16

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here - Week 1

Register Here - Week 2

OutThere  Sailing 3

Week 1 - 0900-1530hrs

Week 2 - 0900-1530hrs

Mon Jan 6 -  Fri Jan 10 

Mon Jan 13 - Thur Jan 16

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here - Week 1

Register Here - Week 2


What is the Teenage Learn to Sail Keelboats program?

The Squadron Teenage Learn to Sail Keelboat program is a great way for teenagers aged between 13 - 17 years to discover sailing on a dynamic and fun keelboat. All the keelboat programs use the Squadron's fleet of new Elliott 7s sports-boats. There are four levels that the sailors will progress through. 

 

 Course

Length 

 Overview

 Areas Covered

Step 1

Start Crewing

12 hours

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

Basic sailing terminology and rules, basic knots, tacking and gybing, man overboard recovery

Start Helming

12 hours

This course develops both your theory and practical skills to confidently take control on the helm.

Preparation of the boat, helm and trim on all points of sail, recovery of man overboard whilst at the helm

Step 2

Start Skippering

12 hours

You will now advance your sailing skills and safety knowledge to enable you to skipper unsupervised in sheltered waters

Assess risks on board, boat maintenance, actions in an emergency, sailing backwards, mooring, interpreting weather and environmental conditions

Step 3

Spinnakers

12 hours

This course introduces you to the fun and challenge of using asymmetrical and/or  symmetrical spinnakers

Set up spinnakers, hoist, and drop techniques, correct use of spinnakers

Start Racing

12 hours

You will now learn the basic racing rules, skills and tactics and gain an understanding of what is expected of a racing crew on a small boat

Basic racing equipment, optimising sails for racing, understanding teamwork, basic rules of racing, crew communication

What's next for Teenage Learn to Sail participants?

Once sailors have completed all four levels of the Teenage Learn to Sail program there are several opportunities for them to continue sailing on keelboats including the Squadron Keelboat Program and crewing for Saturday or Twilight races (sailors must organise crew positions themselves). Contact the Sailing Office for more information about the opportunities available for sailors who have completed the program (Ph: 02 9017 154).