Darwin Sailing Club

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A safe and enjoyable introduction to keelboat sailing in our brand new Eliott 7s

Course Details

The first step on the Keelboat pathway introduces you to the basics of sailing on a small boat, developing both your theory and practical skills. This program is ideal for anyone wanting to learn the basic fundamentals of sailing, without going swimming!

Classes are conducted by friendly qualified keelboat instructors in our Elliott 7 Keel Boats.

This beginner’s course teaches the basics of sailing including boat handling, safety and sailing theory. Upon completion of the 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. 

Length of Course 

This is a 12 hour course run across 3 Saturdays.


Water Confident.

Who should do this course 

This course is designed for participants who wish to begin sailing in a keelboat. Learn the basics of crewing whilst staying relatively dry! All the equipment and gear will be provided to you. 

What to Bring 

DSC will provide participants with life jackets and boats. We have toilets and change rooms, and water fountains.

However there are a few things you will need to bring with you to ensure safety and fun on the water:

  • Close-toed shoes (no thongs)
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Stinger suit or leggings (Box jellyfish are still present in the water so some form of protection is recommended)

Expression of Interest

If any course that you wish to participate in is fully booked or not scheduled, please email an expression of interest to our Training Coordinator at [email protected] 

Thanks to supporters of the Darwin Sailing Club