Open to sailors (aged 8-14) with little or no previous sailing experience. This class offers instruction in basic skills, enabling a student to feel confident sailing a single-handed dinghy. Concepts include: capsize recovery, sail trim, boat terminology, points of sail, upwind sailing, tacking, gybing and safety, with an overall emphasis on FUN and becoming comfortable on the water.

The course runs on both Saturday and Sunday mornings between 9am and noon. The eight-week course is run both in Spring (Oct-Dec) and Summer (Jan-Mar). All sailing and safety equipment is supplied, including use of the academy’s PJ, Sabot and RS sailing dinghies.

This course combines the Australian Sailing – Start Sailing 1 and Start Sailing 2 pathways courses. After completing this course, you may wish to continue to develop skills and experience with the Better Sailing course or progress to the Learn to Race program with the DSC Juniors club.