Description

The Start Sailing 2 dinghy course (formerly Basic Skills 2) is the ideal consolidation learn-to-sail course, which is both fun and instructional.This five week course (3 hour sessions) is suitable for previous learn to sail students of all ages with training conducted in off-the-beach dinghies, such as Pacer and Heron types.

In particular this course allows for the refinement of sailing skills learned in the Start Sailing 1 course, but now put into practice. As students alternate the role skipper & crew, the course provides a solid grounding to further adult sailing in both keelboats and / or dinghies. The Start Sailing 2 course is part of the nationally recognised Yachting Australia Dinghy Program and is delivered by accredited sailing instructors.

Course topics include:

  • How to sail a dinghy on a marked course 
  • Improved upwind and downwind sailing performance 
  • How to better trim the sails for speed and varied wind conditions: including the use of the vang, outhaul, cunningham and mainsheet 
  • Refinement of your tacking and gybing skills 
  • Crew recovery drill 
  • More marine knots 
  • Basic rules of sailing - both theory and practice

Training takes place in St. Kilda harbor & surrounding waters of Port Phillip, which provides sailing experience with sea winds, waves & beach launching. Sailing is conducted in 2 person dinghies such as Pacer and Herons with instructor supervision from powered safety craft. Max class size is 18 students.

About Dinghy Courses: Adult & Youth Learn to Sail

We offer a full range of dinghy sailing courses. Our location at St.Kilda is ideal for dinghy sailing with beach launching, a sheltered harbour on Port Phillip and consistent sea breezes. 

Whether you have never sailed before, or if you have lots of experience but are just looking to hone specific skills, there is a course for you.These group lessons are suitable for young people 12 years and up, and adults of all ages. For youth and adult dinghy training we use X3 Extreme, Pacer & Heron dinghies.

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Class Schedule

What you will learn
  • How to sail a dinghy on a marked course
  • Hot to improve upwind and downwind sailing performance
  • How to better trim the sails for speed and varied wind conditions: including the use of the vang, outhaul, cunningham and mainsheet
What you will get
  • Logbook and Yachting Australia certificate
  • All safety equipment is provided.
  • The Squadron has full change room facilities with hot showers.
  • Optional wetsuit hire is $40 per course

What to bring
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle etc.
  • Wet weather gear
  • Wet suit (recommended - can be hired)
  • Footwear (old sandshoes, or wet suit booties – no thongs)
  • Sun hat with lanyard
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen
What to wear

Smart casual

Appropriate for

Suitable for previous learn to sail students of all ages with training conducted in off-the-beach dinghies, such as Pacer and Heron types.


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Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron

Vendor sincce 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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Cancelation & 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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