Darwin Sailing Club
Youth Start Crewing and Start Helming

Youth Start Crewing and Start Helming

PREREQUISITE: No Prerequisites. This is a complete beginners course 

COSTS: $750.00 (Full DSC Members $695.00)

Course details

This course is designed to provide a safe and enjoyable introduction to keelboat 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 keelboat in controlled and supervised conditions. You will also be eligible to hire the club training boats to participate in club fun sailing activities. 

Sailing competencies

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
  • Rig boat unassisted
  • 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……

  • 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
  • Perform heave to

Youth Start Crewing and Start Helming

Youth Start Crewing and Start Helming


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