Adult Learn Sailing Courses

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Sailing can be exhilarating and our Adult Sailing courses have been developed to provide a safe and supportive introduction to sailing. If you would like to learn to take control of your own small boat, this is the place to start!

By the end of the course you will have been taught the skills and knowledge required to start racing at East Fremantle Yacht Club or to just enjoy being out on the water. 

Please see below the list Adult Sailing Courses available.

The Adult Dinghy 1 Course is designed to provide a safe & enjoyable introduction to small boat sailing for novices 18 years & older. This course will provide participants with a wide range of skills, a sound understanding of the responsibilities of the helmsman & crew, as well as knowledge of the marine environment.

The Adult Dinghy 2 Course is designed for those 18yrs+ who have previously completed the Adult Dinghy 1 Course or have some knowledge of sailing. This course will build on participants skills and understanding of the responsibilities of the helmsman & crew, as well as develop increased knowledge of the marine environment.


$200 members and non-members

Next Scheduled Course Dates:

Adult Dinghy 1 Course: To be confirmed

For more information please contact our On Water Co-ordinator by emailing or call 9339-8111.

Start Crewing / Helming is designed for people with little or no sailing experience, who want to get a taste of sailing, as well as those wanting to take their skills further. Run over 3 days, each day will consist of 1 hour of discussion & practical rope work followed by 3 hours of on-water instruction. During the on-water instruction each group of 4 participants will be accompanied by an instructor accredited to the National Keelboat Scheme. Each participant will be required to wear life jackets during on water activities. Instructions on correct fit & use will be an early priority on boarding the boat. Strong winds or forecast strong winds (generally in excess of 15 knots) will be reason to cancel the on-water activity. Generally, participants will be rotated through different boats & instructors for each on water session to broaden the experience of different types of boats.

The course includes:

• Sail handling – learn to prepare the sails & rig the boat
• Learn the correct use of halyards, sheets & deck hardware
• Reef & shake out sails whilst underway
• Helm & trim sails effectively on all points of sail
• Helm effectively around a triangular course including tacking & gybing
• Recover a man overboard under sail as helm
• Basic weather forecasts
• Emergencies & raising the alarm
• Anchoring the boat


Next Scheduled Course dates:

Adult Keelboat Course: To be confirmed

For more information please contact out On Water Co-ordinator by emailing or call 9339-811