Adult Learn to Sail

Adult Learn to sail

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Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Adult Sailing Course Information

Welcome to the Alfred’s Australian Sailing (AS) Keelboat Program

RPAYC offers a simple training pathway for adults wanting to get into sailing or for those seasoned sailors to develop their skills. Training is delivered by Australian Sailing (AS) accredited instructors following a national syllabus.

RPAYC provides a pathway from the beginner stages right through to race coaching. If you want to discover sailing, we will provide a safe, fun, and affordable environment to build your skills. View upcoming courses below as well as the RPAYC Sail Training Pathway.

Twilight Discover Sailing Experiences

Let us introduce you to sailing! Get a taste of our Start Crewing and Helming courses while getting the opportunity to see what our Start Sailing courses are comprised of, while also getting the opportunity to sail with friends and family during a week day twilight or Saturday inshore yacht race. 

Discover Sailing sessions begin at 5pm on Thursday evenings. Book ahead so you don’t miss out!

Australian Sailing Keelboat Courses

Start Crewing | Level 1

If you are new to sailing then the Start Crewing course is the first step in your sailing journey! This course is an introduction to the basics of crewing and sailing on a keelboat. Learn about rigging, how the wind and sails work, safety and the different crewing roles onboard. Most importantly, you’ll have fun and meet new sailors and club members along the way! 

Start Crewing course is held over 4 weeks.

Wednesday’s: 3 Nov – 1 Dec 2021 (10 AM to 1 PM)   FULLY BOOKED
Sundays: November 2021   FULLY BOOKED

$500* – RPAYC members  (*participant is a member)
$550 – Visitors

Start Helming | Level 2

The next step is to complete the Start Helming course. This course develops both your theory and practical skills to confidently take control on the helm. You will learn more about the preparation of the boat, helm and trim on all points of sail, recovery of man overboard whilst at the helm. An instructor will remain with you onboard to make sure you are comfortable steering a boat.

Start Helming course is held over 4 weeks.


$465* – RPAYC members  (*participant is a member)
$515 – Visitors

Start Skippering | Level 3

Advance your helming ability and sailing skills to the point where you are comfortable taking control of the boat unsupervised in sheltered waters. As the skipper, you will learn how to assess risks onboard, interpret weather conditions, take action in an emergency, and sail alongside a dock.

Start Helming is held over 4 weeks.


$465* – RPAYC members  (*participant is a member)
$515 – Visitors

Unable to find a course or date you can join? Join our Expression of Interest Keelboat Sailing list and be alerted to new courses available. 

SheSails Womens Sailing at RPAYC

SheSails is an Australian Sailing initiative to encourage new and highlight women sailors. It is all about enjoying your sailing adventure in a fun, friendly and safe environment.

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is committed to recognising and supporting females through sail training, club events and volunteering opportunities.