Learn to crew on a keelboat and join our racing fleet.

The Keelboat Crew sailing course is an ideal starter learn-to- sail course for people wanting to crew yachts or to convert from sailing dinghies into larger yachts. This course is also very popular as a preparatory course for people undertaking a yacht charter holiday.

This 12 hour course conducted over 3 days is part of the new nationally recognised Yachting Australia National Keelboat Training Scheme and is delivered by accredited sailing instructors. No prior sailing experience is necessary.

Course topics include:

  • Safety: Understanding onboard safety practices and equipment
  • How to prepare a yacht for day sailing
  • How to set up sails and trim sails on all points of sailing
  • How to safely tack (turning into the wind) and gybe (turning with the wind behind you)
  • How to steer a yacht under supervision
  • Crewing jobs and responsibilities
  • Man overboard: How to recover a person who falls overboard
  • Safe use of sailing winches and other yacht systems
  • Knots and rope handling, including mooring lines

Training is conducted onboard modern 7 or 8 metre day sailing yachts sailing from the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron at St. Kilda.

Sailing is undertaken on Port Phillip bay in the vicinity of St. Kilda with great views of Melbourne’s skyline.

Each course includes a YA "Introductory Keelboat" textbook valued at $29.95, logbook and certificate.

All safety gear is provided.

Note that each course includes two subsequent training days spaced one week apart.

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What you will learn
  • Safety: Understanding onboard safety practices and equipment
  • How to prepare a yacht for day sailing
  • How to set up sails and trim sails on all points of sailing
What you will get
  • YA "Introductory Keelboat" textbook valued at $29.95
  • YA Keelboat Scheme logbook
  • YA completion certificate
  • $6 Yachting Australia Student Training course insurance
  • Special Offer - Save $22

What to bring
  • According to the conditions, wet weather gear
  • Long sleeve sun protection or thermal top
  • Footwear (non-marking deck shoes such as Dunlop Volleys)
  • Sunhat or beanie
  • Water bottle
What to wear

Smart casual

Appropriate for

Beginners Level


Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron

Vendor since 2012

The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, with a history of over 120 years, is one of the oldest yacht clubs in Victoria with a long list of historical firsts.

Situated at St. Kilda in close proximity to Melbourne central business district, it is regarded as the centre of aquatic events in Victoria.

Most major championships have been held off its shores and the Squadron was the control centre for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic yachting events.

It is a club of which every member has reason to be proud and has a tradition, which every member has an obligation to uphold.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Refund policy: No refunds are provided after the commencement of the course. Cancellation of any session due to bad weather or other reason will be made up with alternative day(s) nominated by Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy. Cancellation fees will apply for any booking cancellation made prior to commencement of the course as follows: Three or more day’s prior Full Refund less a 10% booking fee. Within 72 hours of commencement 75 % refund; within 48 hours of commencement 50 % refund; within 24 hours of commencement 30 % refund.

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