2023/2024 Course Dates
Keelboat - Start Helming - February 17th - 18th, 2024. $260pp. FULLY BOOKED
Recreational Skippers Ticket - Click to register, only 4 places available - Saturday 2nd March.
Booking a Course
Booking into a current course is a three step process for new members that do not have an Australia Sailing Number.
Step one - Register for a temporary Australian Sailing Number as a Course Participant - HERE.
Step two - Create an Australian Sailing Account Profile by selecting 'Login to your profile' from this link or from your welcome email, then select
'Forgot login details?' and enter your email address
(this will email you a username and password reset link so that you can set a password. You can also find your Australian Sailing Number in your account.)
Step three - Register and pay for the training course through our Course Calendar, HERE.
Koombana Bay Sailing Club has Australian Sailing qualified junior and adult keelboat sailing instructors on-site.
Courses will be run throughout the season depending on demand.
Keelboats allow you to learn to sail without the fear of capsizing, and usually with several other people on the boat. Courses run at KBSC will be on an S80 yacht (8 metre Swarbrick design keelboat)
Learning to sail in self-righting keelboats provides a learning platform that is stable yet responsive.
As your skills progress, you will also develop an understanding of each persons role and how teamwork plays a major part of being an effective crew.
Areas Covered in Start Crewing/Start Helming
Basic sailing terminology and rules, basic knots, tacking and gybing, man overboard recovery, preparation of the boat, helm and trim on all points of sail, recovery of man overboard whilst at the helm.
You will get to experience and control all positions on the boat including helming and should come away with the knowledge and confidence to sail a small boat competently. For those that wish, you can then confidently progress to larger boats or participate as crew on a racing boat.
Junior - Tackers 1, 2 and/or 3
Tackers 1- Having Fun. Learn the basics of sailing, for 7-12 year-olds.
Tackers 2 - Tricks & Techniques. Learn tricks and techniques of sailing, for 7-12 year-olds.
Tackers 3 - Sailing Fast! Learn more advanced sailing skills, for 7-12 year-olds.
Juniors/Teens/Adults - Start Sailing Dinghies 1 & 2
Your sailing journey starts here as you learn the fundamental skills of sailing and are introduced to the fun of dinghy sailing in a safe and supportive environment.
We learn much faster with formal training because the day after day repetition commits manoeuvres to motor memory allowing us to focus on other areas of importance.
As you master the fundamental sailing skills, you will become equipped to sail your dinghy on your own.
This course is designed for participants who wish to begin sailing in a dinghy. All the equipment and gear will be provided.
Koombana Bay Sailing Club also offers informal junior training. Please see our Junior Sailing page.