Start Crewing Course

The Start Crewing course is the first step on the Australian Sailing accredited pathway to learning to sail a small keelboat. It is an ideal course for adults and older teenagers (16yrs+) who are looking to develop or improve their sailing skills. You do not need any prior experience. This is the best way to start sailing – on board from lesson one!

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Course Description
This beginner’s course teaches the basics of sailing including boat handling, safety and sailing theory. Upon completion of the 12-hour course, participants will understand how to control and manipulate the different parts of the boat in order to create power and momentum across the water. You will learn how to “tack” & “gybe”, trim the “mainsail” & “jib” and learn how the sails can actually steer the boat! The course also introduces other essential areas including weather, tides, knots and general safety procedures like “right of way” rules.

Course Info:
Course Length: 4  x 3-hour practical sessions held over two or four days depending on the dates selected. This is followed by 2 days competing in our Sunday yacht race under the supervision of your instructor.
Minimum Age: 16 years
Maximum number of crew on a boat: Five (4 students + 1 Instructor)
Course cost*: $445 per person for Wollongong Yacht Club Members or $495 for non-members. Fees will be invoiced after registration. Fees can be paid by credit card or PayPal or EFT.

Included in course fee:

  • 12 hours of instruction by qualified instructors
  • 2 race days under the supervision of our instructor
  • Use of personal safety equipment including life jacket
  • Waterproof course kit with National Keelboat Program logbook & Introductory Keelboat textbook
  • Upon successful completion, a nationally recognised Australian Sailing Start Crewing certificate.

This course is highly recommended for those with or without sailing experience


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More Advanced Courses


You may be interested in the Start Helming, Start Skippering, Spinnakers and Start Racing courses.

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