Adult Learn to Sail

Adult Learn to sail

Welcome to the Alfreds

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.

2021 Course Information | Discover Sailing Sessions Or Australian Sailing Course


Each level is held ofer 4 Sessions,

Start Crewing: 20 June – 18 July. 9:00-12:00hrs

Start Helming: TBA. 13:00-16:00hrs

  • Start Crewing Course ($485 members, $535 non-members) Textbook & Logbook INCLUDED
  • Start Skippering Course ($450 members, $500 non-members) Textbook & Logbook OPTIONAL.

Unable to register for a date above? Join our Expression of Interest Keelboat Sailing group and be alerted to new courses available. 


August – 7 & 8 August 

The RPAYC SheSails Development Regatta will see a mixture of training which is aimed at those with reasonable sailing ability who want to improve knowledge and technique and race teams that have been sailing together regularly.

The training session will be held on the Saturday and led by the RPAYC Keelboat Coaching team, with assistance from experienced female sailors from within RPAYC.

Time: 10:00 – 13:00hrs

Keelboat Sailing Pathway

Discover Sailing Session 

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!

Level 1 | Start Crewing

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!

A Start Crewing course is held over 4 weeks.

Level 2 | Start Helming

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 preparation of the boat, helm and trim on all points of sail, recovery of man overboard whilst at the helm.
The Start Helming Course develops both your theoretical and practical understanding of sailing so you are confident to take control of the helm! An instructor will remain with you onboard to make sure you are comfortable steering a boat.

A Start Helming course is held over 4 weeks.

Level 3 | Start Skippering

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.

A Start Skippering course is held over 4 weeks.