Darwin Sailing Club
Womens Keelboat Start Crewing/Start helming

Womens Keelboat Start Crewing/Start helming

A safe and enjoyable introduction to sailing

PREREQUISITE: Ability to swim 50 metres

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Course 1 22nd March - 17th May 09:30-12.30

Course 2 9th August - 27th September 09:30-12:30

Course 3 11 October - 29 November 09:30-12:30

COST: $695

This course is designed to provide a safe and enjoyable introduction to Small keel boat sailing for complete beginners. The course includes an introduction to fundamental boat handling skills and essential safety knowledge. On graduation you will have sufficient skill to sail a keel boat in controlled and supervised conditions. 

Course Details

When I’m on shore I can……

  • Identify appropriate clothing to suit conditions
  • Identify and use appropriate safety equipment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the need for protection from environmental elements
  • Perform basic pre-sailing warm up
  • Identify all parts of the boat
  • Tie a bowline, clove hitch, round turn and two half hitches
  • Demonstrate correct boat, sailing gear and sail care
  • Identify and apply the basic sailing rules while sailing
  • Distinguish port/starboard, windward/leeward, overtaking vessels, avoid collisions, commercial vessels and power/sail
  • Explain the points of sail
  • Identify wind direction and strength
  • React by showing an understanding of gusts and lulls
  • Able to source weather forecasts
  • Show an awareness of local tidal conditions

and when I’m on the water I can……

  • Reef and shake out sails whilst underway
  • Know how to maintain a continous lookout
  • Know how to raise an alarm
  • Participate in single and multiple boat towing
  • Correctly tack and stop the boat
  • Demonstrate correct crewing, helming and sail setting methods while sailing on all points of sail
  • Correctly gybe
  • Successfully sail a triangle and windward/leeward course
  • Perform man overboard recovery
  • Use tiller extension during all manoeuvres
  • Demonstrate correct centreboard positions on all points of sail
  • Perform heave to

As well as much more!!


Thanks to our major sponsors

Darwin Port
Nautical Supplies
Sponsor of Junior Sailing
Arthur J Gallagher Insurance
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Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association
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