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)

Please note:

  • Each course requires a minimum of 5 attendees to run.
  • If our dates are inconvenient for you and you have a group of at least 5 interested attendees, we can schedule a course at your convenience.

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Upcoming Keelboat Courses:

Oct/Nov 2022

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Start Crewing & Helming

5 x Weekend sessions 09:00am to 1:00pm Sun 16 Oct | Sun 30 Oct | Sat 12 Nov | Sun 13 Nov | Sun 20 Nov | *Please note this course requires 5 attendees*
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Oct/Nov 2022

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Start Skippering

3 x Weekend sessions 09:00 am to 1:00 pm Sun 16 Oct | Sun 30 Oct | Sat 12 Nov | *Please note this course requires 5 attendees*
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Oct/Nov 2022

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Spinnakers & Start Racing

5 x Weekend sessions *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Nov/Dec 2022

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Start Crewing & Helming

5 x Weekday sessions 09:00am to 1:00pm Mon 28 Nov - Fri 02 Dec *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Nov/Dec 2022

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Start Skippering

3 x Weekday sessions 09:00am to 1:00pm Mon 28 Nov - Wed 30 Nov *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Nov/Dec 2022

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Spinnakers & Start Racing

5 x Weekday sessions *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Dec 2022

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Start Crewing & Helming

5 x Weekday sessions 09:00am to 1:00pm Mon 19 Dec - Fri 23 Dec *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Dec 2022

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Start Skippering

3 x Weekday sessions 09:00am to 1:00pm Mon 19 Dec - Wed 21 Dec *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Dec 2022

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Spinnakers & Start Racing

5 x Weekday sessions *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Jan 2023

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Start Crewing & Helming

5 x Weekday sessions 09:00am to 2:00pm Mon 23 Jan - Wed 25 Jan & Fri 27 Dec NB: No Sailing Thursday Due To Public Holiday *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Jan 2023

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Start Skippering

3 x Weekday sessions 09:00am to 1:00pm Mon 23 Jan - Wed 25 Jan *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Jan 2023

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Spinnakers & Start Racing

5 x Weekday sessions *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Feb/Mar 2023

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Start Crewing & Helming

5 x Saturday sessions 08:30 am to 12:30pm Sat 04 Feb | Sat 11 Feb | Sat 18 Feb | Sat 11 Mar | Sat 18 Mar *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Feb/Mar 2023

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Start Skippering

3 x Saturday sessions 08:30 am to 12:30pm Sat 04 Feb | Sat 11 Feb | Sat 18 Feb *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Feb/Mar 2023

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Spinnakers & Start Racing

5 x Saturday sessions *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Feb/Mar 2023

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Start Crewing & Helming

5 x Sunday sessions 09:00am to 1:00pm Sun 12 Feb | Sun 19 Feb | Sun 26 Feb | Sun 12 Mar | Sun 19 Mar *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Feb/Mar 2023

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Start Skippering

3 x Sunday sessions 09:00am to 1:00pm Sun 12 Feb | Sun 19 Feb | Sun 26 Feb *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Feb/Mar 2023

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Spinnakers & Start Racing

5 x Sunday sessions *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Mar 2023

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Start Crewing & Helming

5 x Weekday sessions 09:00am to 1:00pm Mon 27 Mar - Fri 31 Mar *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Mar 2023

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Start Skippering

3 x Weekday sessions 09:00am to 1:00pm Mon 27 Mar - Wed 29 Mar *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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Mar 2023

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Spinnakers & Start Racing

5 x Sunday sessions *Please note this course requires 5 attendees
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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 manoeuvers 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.

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