The National Keelboat Program is an exciting new development for sailing in Australia. It provides a fun and accessible entry into sailing and gives participants further opportunity to improve and develop sailing skills and techniques.
The courses will equip you with the essentials required to safely sail a small yacht without the fear of capsize or getting wet! As your skills progress, you will also develop an understanding of each person's role and how teamwork plays a major part of being an effective crew.
You should come away with the knowledge and confidence to sail a small yacht competently and for those that wish, you can progress to larger yachts or participate as crew on a racing yacht.
Courses on offer are outlined below and further information is listed in the 'Program Overview' section posted below.
If you are a Training Centre or an existing Instructor and wish to apply for accreditation to deliver this Program, please see 'Affiliation to the National Keelboat Program' below.
This is strictly a taster session designed to as a vehicle to increase participation. Instructors should focus on making the session exciting and enjoyable and let the participants take part in helming and crew work as much as possible.
This session may only be offered at Yachting Australia recognised Training Centres (YATCs) on boats that meet the Keelboat Scheme requirements by a qualified Yachting Australia Keelboat Instructor.
This is a course for absolute beginners. The instructor should focus on skills, safety and enjoyment.
This is a course for improvers, ideally participants should have completed the Keelboat Crew course.
This course aims to equip participants with advanced sailing and boat handling techniques which should equip them to:
i) be able to take out a small boat in familiar waters by day and/or to
ii) progress into the Yacht Training Program
This course aims to give participants a thorough grounding in using asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers
This course aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to be a useful crew member on inshore and offshore racing yachts, ideally participants should have completed the Keelboat Spinnaker course.
Each course is 12 hours in duration and can be subdivided into short sessions - typically four x 3hr periods.
The student does not have to complete all four sessions over two days- e.g. the first two sessions could be run on a Saturday and the last two the following weekend, or sessions can be run over several evenings in the summer months.
Each course participant must receive a copy of the Keelboat Scheme Logbook and the Yachting Australia ‘Introductory Keelboat’ textbook. Also recomended for the Racing elements of the Scheme is the RYA Crew to Win.