Keelboat Courses

Ideal for adults who would like to learn to sail in a group

Australian Sailing accredited National Keelboat Scheme courses conducted in BW8 Keelboats. The BW8 is an 8 metre keelboat – it is an ideal boat for six adults to sail on.

Prerequisite:  No sailing experience is necessary and a buoyancy vest is supplied during the course.

Cost: Starting at $240 inclusive of GST (for 12 hour program)

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Upcoming Keelboat Courses:

May 2021

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Start Crewing & Helming

Saturday's | 0830 to 1230 1 May | 8 May | 15 May |22 May | 29 May
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May 2021

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Start Skippering

Saturday's | 0830 to 1230 1 May | 8 May | 15 May
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May 2021

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Spinnakers & Start Racing

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October 2021

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Start Sailing

Daily: 0830 to 1230 4th - 8th October
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October 2021

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Better Sailing

Saturday's | 0830 to 1230 1st May, 2021
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Keelboat Courses:

Start Crewing & Helming (Level 1 & 2)

Start Crewing and Helming – Combined first and second levels of Australian Sailing’s modular National Keelboat Scheme program. This combined course is suitable for novice sailors who have little to no sailing experience. It is intended for both skippers and crew and will provide participants with the basic skills to join a keelboat crew in a regular Thursday or Saturday afternoon race.

Prerequisite:  Participants must be able to swim and be water confident – buoyancy vest supplied.

Cost: $400 per non-member inclusive of GST and $350 per member inclusive of GST (20-hour course)

Start Skippering (Level 3)

Start Skippering- Third level of Australian Sailing’s modular National Keelboat Scheme program. Course extends knowledge gained in the Start Crewing and Start Helming courses and covers skills and safety knowledge to enable you to skipper unsupervised in sheltered waters and communicate with crew.

Prerequisite:  Participants must be able to swim and be water confident – buoyancy vest supplied.

Cost: $290 per non-member inclusive of GST and $240 per member inclusive of GST (12-hour course)

Spinnakers & Start Racing (Level 4 & 5)

Spinnakers & Start Racing – This course extends knowledge gained in the Start Crewing & Helming, and Start Skippering courses.

The course covers rigging spinnakers, hoisting, trimming, gybing and dropping spinnakers.  Advanced helming techniques, communication and teamwork.  Keelboat racing personal safety & clothing, racing maneuvers including pre-start, roll tacking & gybing and mark roundings.  Advanced sail trim for all wind types.  The structure of a race, including starting, course types, finishing and racing rules.

Prerequisite:  Start Crewing & Helming, Start Skippering or similar Sailing Experience (Contact Training Centre). Participants must be able to swim and be water confident – buoyancy vest supplied.

Cost: $400 per non-member inclusive of GST and $350 per member inclusive of GST (20 hour course)

Registering for a course:

Please use the links to the information pages above to choose the right course for your child. A full list of available course dates is shown on the page.  If you know which course you would like to enrol in you can also choose from the upcoming courses below.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATIONS

To make a course booking, please use the ‘enrol now’ button to go to the registration page. This will take you to an Australian Sailing (AS) registration page. Australian Sailing is the national body for the sport. RFBYC is a registered Australian Sailing Training Centre.

You will need to know the Australian Sailing (AS) number of the sailor in order to register or you can create one for a new sailor. This becomes your childs unique identifier and stores their course information for future reference which can be accessed by your registered club and yourself. It is important that the AS number is created for the person doing the course with their own name and details, this number stays with them for their lifetime journey in sailing.