Learn to sail

We wish to advise that there has been a huge demand in the ‘Sailing for Beginners’ Course recently, and the waiting list currently has over 100 people on it. We only offer the course to 8 students at a time (we have increased this from 6 students to try to meet demand) so it will take some time to get through this list.  We are not currently taking any more enquiries for the waiting list

We offer the sailing course twice each sailing season.
If you would like your name to be added to the waitlist, please email Alex at Training Coordinator


The Sailing Course for Beginners will run each Saturday morning for a period of six weeks and will cover topics including:

• Identify parts of the boat and their use.

• Tying useful knots, and their uses.

• The points of sailing (sailing circle).

• Rigging and de-rigging of dinghies.

• Hiking, balance and stability.

• Basic sailing forces in action.

• Handling the rudder, the sheets, and the sails.

• How to safely launch and retrieve dinghies.

• Dealing with capsizes in a safe manner.

• Right of way rules whilst on the water.

• Introduction to dinghy racing.

The course is 100% hands on; you will be working with the clubs sailing dinghies (either herons or pacers)  from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. A course manual, free use of the club boats and safety equipment is included in the cost of the course; as is your season membership and free use of the club Herons, Pacers, Lasers, Tasars and NS14 on Saturday afternoons until the end of the half sailing season, plus inclusion in the Transition to Racing lectures. For further information about the course, or to register your interest please fill out form at the end of this page.

What you will need

You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness – you need to be able to swim reasonably well if the boat capsizes. An ability to swim at least 25m is recommended. You will also need to have sufficient strength to pull yourself out of the water with wet clothing on; this means you will need good upper body strength which matches your physique and weight.


What is provided

A course manual and the use of club boats and safety equipment (life jackets) is provided for your convenience.

 How to apply

If you would like to join one of our courses please contact sbsc.training@outlook.com and an application form will be forwarded to you. Return the completed form to Alexandra Glauerdt, along with the course fees of $600 (adult) and $450(under 18 yrs).

Please note

Places can only be confirmed on receipt of the full course fee. Cancellation within 2 weeks of the start of the course will result in forfeiture of the fees.

Course fees include membership of South Brisbane Sailing Club and participants are covered by the personal accident cover afforded to members.

Alexandra Glauerdt

Course coordinator


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