Darwin Sailing Club
Start Helming

Start Helming

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

Course Details

This course develops both your theory and practical skills to confidently take control on the helm. You will learn preparation of the boat, helming & trimming on all points-of-sail, using telltales to helm effectively. This course will also provide you with more of the valuable time-on-water that helps to develop your skills in differing wind and environmental conditions. You will learn key concepts including how sails can control the steering of a boat not just the rudder, as well as luffing, heave-to and getting out of “irons”. The course also introduces other essential areas including weather, rope work and general seamanship skills like anchoring and reefing sails.

Length of Course 

This is a 12 hour course run across 3 Saturdays.


Completed Start Crewing Course. 

Who should do this course 

This course is designed for participants who wish to continue learning to sail in a keelboat. Learn the basics of helming 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