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New to Sailing
Are you new to sailing? Want to find out how to get involved?
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|Register your interest in Sailing online for free - your details will be made available to Yacht Clubs who can offer the services which you are interested in.||
Yachting Australia has developed Training Programs for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing, including both theoretical and practical training. These courses are provided by registered Yachting Australia Training Centres which can be run through a club or commercial outlet.
How do I get started?
There are a variety of ways to get into sailing, the two easiest being to undertake a Yachting Australia training course or to start crewing for someone else.
The Yachting Australia Training Programs are nationally recognised and span from beginners in small boats, yachts and powerboats, to sailing and racing offshore. These are taught at Yachting Australia approved Training Centres (YATCs), including clubs and commercial schools, all around Australia.
The sailing community and sailing clubs are also keen to encourage new sailors and often have "try sailing days", social sailing events and open days. Attending one of these is a good way to find someone looking for crew who may be willing to give you experience (to support what you have learned at a YATC). Many yacht clubs also conduct twilight races, which are usually less serious, with shorter races than Saturday or Sunday racing. Skippers for these races are usually more willing to take on inexperienced hands at these events.
What do I need to get started?
If you are intending to start on a small boat, a basic level of fitness is required and it is suggested that you can swim at least 50m. For all boats, here is some basic safety equipment to help you get started:
- Personal Flotation Device (PFD), otherwise known as a lifejacket
- Boat Shoes
- Yachting / Powerboating - deck shoes with white soles (so you don't mark the boat)
- Small Boat - wetsuit booties or old sandshoes which can get wet
- Sailing gloves are recommended
- Small boat - wetsuit and warm jumper (ideally woollen)
- Yacht - warm clothing, this may include wet weather gear
As you advance through sailing, you may require additional equipment such as dry suits for offshore racing or trapeze harness for skiffs and high performance dinghies.
|How do I get into sailing if I have a disability?|
|Sailing can be exciting, therapeutic, competitive and just plain fun. The best part is that there are classes of boat designed to accomodate sailors of all abilities. The following page and links give a further insight into opportunities for people with a disability to participate in this sport. |
|Get involved at your local club|
|Yachting Australia and our affiliated clubs are happy to welcome new participants to sailing and offer new opportunities to people who are already onboard!
|Search for a Yacht Club in your area|
|Try the Yacht Club Search to find your nearest club, a place where you can get involved in the social aspect of Sailing, bring the family and spend your weekends with new found friends. |
|Search for a Training Centre in your area|
|Try the Sailing School Search to find a place where you can build confidence in your sailing skills, learn the right way to do things so that you are comfortable crewing for anyone and meet some new friends.
|Yachting Australia's Training Schemes|
||Yachting Australia's National Training Schemes are a great opportunity to enter the exciting world of sailing. Yachting Australia Training Centre offer courses in sailing, powerboating and windsurfing through the six National Training Schemes. All Yachting Australia courses include both practical and theory training. |