About the Programs
Adelaide Sailing Club conducts sail training programs for youths (school age) and adults. The programs are designed to introduce participants to sailing and will equip them to manage a boat in medium conditions.
Classes are conducted using the Club’s fleet of training boats with ratios of three youth and two adults to each boat. All instruction is provided by Yachting Australia accredited instructors with excellent instructor to participant ratios.
Participants will be issued with a Yachting Australia “log book” in which to document progress. A certificate of achievement will be issued on completion.
Participants should be reasonably confident in deep water but being able to swim is not essential.
What to Bring
Participants should have warm clothes to change into after sailing (a spare jumper is a good idea).
After arrival participants can don sailing gear which should include:
o A wetsuit ideally, otherwise shorts and a couple of warm jumpers will do
o A spray jacket if you have one
o A hat and waterproof sunscreen
o A towel
o Sandshoes to wear in the boat
o A waterproof bag for your wet gear
PFDs (life jackets) will be provided.
The programs are based on the Yachting Australia Level 1 training scheme “Get into “Small Boat Sailing”.
Theory and practical instruction will include:
1. rigging a boat safely
2. boat parts and their purpose
3. safety checks of boat
4. personal attire/equipment
5. basic boat handling skills
6. points of sailing
7. basis racing skills
8. launching and returning from beach
9. coming alongside a moored boat
10. sailing in the company of others
11. basic nautical rules
12. awareness of risks
13. righting a capsized boat
14. controlling a boat under tow
15. person overboard procedures
16. rope work
At the end of the program participants will be able to safety sail a boat around a small course in the company of others.
Participants can then progress to regular club racing if they wish.
Responsibilties of Participants
Every effort is taken to ensure the safety of participants who are requested to follow some simple rules:
o Participants should register with the Instructors on arrival
o Participants should wear a personal flotation device when on the water
o Participants should wear protective headwear if instructed
o Participants will not put to sea until so instructed
o The decision to commence or continue training rests with the Instructor
o Participants should comply with any direction from an Instructor
The Parents of Youth Participants
The parents of youth participants:
o Should remain at the club in case child returns to the beach early
o Are responsible for their child before and after the session
o Should ensure their child is dressed safety (including sunscreen protection)