Darwin Sailing Club
Start Skippering

Start Skippering

Learn to Skipper a Keelboat Unsupervised

Course Details 

This course will advance your sailing skills and safety knowledge to enable you to skipper a small keelboat unsupervised in sheltered waters.


Water confident and the skills, knowledge and experience you've gained from completing the Start Crewing and Start Helming courses.

Length of Course 

This course runs over 2 full days. 

Who should do this Course 

This course is designed for participants who wish to begin skippering a keelboat, unsupervised.

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
  • Lunch for break (if desired): There is limited space in the Club esky, however if you have your own to keep your lunch cool please bring it along.
  • The Waterfront Bistro will also be open where you can purchase meals, alternatively you will have an hour for lunch if you would like to leave the Sailing Club.
  • 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]

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