Adult Learn to Sail

Adult Learn to sail

Welcome to the Alfreds

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Adult Keelboat Sailing Courses

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.

Discover Sailing Experience

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 throughout the summer months (October to March). Book ahead so you don’t miss out!

Start Crewing Keelboat Course (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! 

The RPAYC Start Crewing course is held over 4 sessions (3 hours each).

RPAYC member fee*
$510.00

Non-member fee
$560.00

*To be eligible for the ‘Member Discounted Fee’, the participating ‘Member’ is required to be financial for the 2022 / 23 Membership Season (through until 30th April).

Start Crewing – June 2022
Wednesday’s 10am to 1pm
01 Jun | 08 Jun | 15 Jun | 22 Jun

Can’t find a course you’re looking for?
Due to the extensive waiting list for upcoming Adult Learn to Sail Keelboat Courses, many programs are now offered via a waiting list. Please complete an Expression of Interest form to join our waiting list for Keelboat Courses.  

Start Helming Keelboat Course (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.

The RPAYC Start Helming course is held over 6 sessions (3 hours each).

Pre-requisite experience: Start Crewing Course

RPAYC member fee*
$765.00

Non-member fee
$840.00

*To be eligible for the ‘Member Discounted Fee’, the participating ‘Member’ is required to be financial for the 2022 / 23 Membership Season (through until 30th April).

Start Helming – June & July 2022
Thursday’s 10am to 1pm
02 Jun | 09 Jun | 16 Jun | 23 Jun | 30 Jun | 07 Jul

Can’t find a course you’re looking for?
Due to the extensive waiting list for upcoming Adult Learn to Sail Keelboat Courses, many programs are now offered via a waiting list. Please complete an Expression of Interest form to join our waiting list for Keelboat Courses.  

Start Skippering Keelboat Course (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.

The RPAYC Start Skippering course is held over 6 sessions (3 hours each).

Pre-requisite experience: Start Crewing and Helming Courses

RPAYC member fee*
$765.00

Non-member fee
$840.00

*To be eligible for the ‘Member Discounted Fee’, the participating ‘Member’ is required to be financial for the 2022 / 23 Membership Season (through until 30th April).

Due to the extensive waiting list for upcoming Adult Learn to Sail Keelboat Courses, many programs are now offered via a waiting list. Please complete an Expression of Interest form to join our waiting list for Keelboat Courses.  

'SheSails' Womens Training & Racing at RPAYC

SheSails is an Australian Sailing initiative to recognise all of the amazing female contributors to our sport, and to encourage women of all ages to enjoy sailing. 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.

  • Adult Keelboat Courses
  • Women’s Twilight Racing
  • SheSails Development Training
  • SheSails Regattas