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LEARN TO SAIL COURSES, SYDNEY

 

Sailing in Sydney starts with AusSea Sailing School, Sydney’s premier training centre. We pride ourselves in going that extra mile and we don’t stop until you reach your sailing goal. And there is no better way of getting there when practice sessions are FREE. That makes AusSea Sailing School not only the best sailing school in the Pacific, but also the cheapest.

AusSea Sailing School is a proud partner of International Yacht Training Worldwide (IYT),  the most internationally accredited global leader and trusted standard of excellence in yacht and maritime training. This means that your sailing qualification is global, very useful if you are looking at chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean, where a International Certificate of Competency (ICC) is a requirement. Apart from the extensive ICC program we offer a wide range of courses to suit everyone’s needs and budgets, from beginners’ and international bareboat skipper courses to spinnaker and offshore training. Whether you would like to sail your own yacht along Australia’s East Coast, join an inshore or offshore racing crew or charter a yacht in the Whitsundays and Europe, we have the right sailing course for you.

For inshore courses we sail on J24’s on Kogarah Bay and Botany Bay, the best and safest waters of Sydney, to learn how to sail. During our offshore courses (level 4, ICC and bareboat skipper courses) you can find us on the Tasman Sea, Pittwater, Broken Bay and the Whitsundays. Private sailing lessons and training on your own yacht are also possible.

OUR COURSES IN DETAIL – THE MORE COURSES YOU BOOK, THE BIGGER THE DISCOUNT!

INTERNATIONAL YACHT TRAINING WORLDWIDE (IYT) INSHORE SKIPPER COURSES

TRY SAIL

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A Try Sail is a fantastic way to get a taste for sailing and learn the basics of sailing. Come and join us for a fun and safe three hour sail on Botany Bay, the best waters in Sydney for sail training. We’ll be sailing on a J24, the biggest racing keel boat class in the world.
Duration: 1 session of 3 hours  What to bring: shoes with white soles, hat, sunny mood, water, sun screen, jacket. Cost: $95  What now? Have you caught the sailing bug? Time to get serious with the Level 1 Course (Introduction). If you book a course in the same week you do your Try Sail, we’ll refund the $95 you spent on the Try Sail!

LEVEL 1 COURSE (Introduction)

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This course provides a good introduction to sailing and also gives students the chance to participate in practice sessions for 3 months after course completion. You’ll receive a starter pack with this course. This includes a practical sailing handbook, a logbook, discount vouchers and a couple of other small things. On completion you’ll have good and basic boat handling skills, know the road rules and you’ll be able to sail a figure of eight or a triangular course under instruction.
Duration: 4 sessions of 3 hours & practice sessions for 3 months. What now? Level 2 Course (Intermediate) – book two courses at the same time and you’ll receive a discount of $100!

LEVEL 2 COURSE (Intermediate)

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After this course you’ll be able to skipper a small keel yacht safely on inshore waters. You are aware of hazards and know how to avoid them, you can retrieve a person overboard safely, can heave to, can reef and shake out reefs whilst underway, can steer a boat with only the sails, can pick up moorings under sail and know how to sail backwards.
Duration: 4 sessions of 3 hours, practice sessions for 3 months after course completion. What now? Time for the Level 3 Course (Advanced). Book all 3 courses in one package and receive a discount of $210!

LEVEL 3 COURSE (Advanced)

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If racing is not your thing, but you would like to further your sailing skills then the Inshore Skipper Course is designed for you. After this course you’ll know how to sail your keelboat safely on and off the mooring and jetty, prepare for a tow, you can handle a boat in confined spaces, come to and weigh anchor under sail, know what actions to be taken in the event of major gear failure and have sound basic navigational skills.
Duration: 4 sessions of 3 hours, FREE practice sessions  What now? Time for some serious fun with our Racing Course or test your sea legs during our Offshore Course.

IYT COASTAL SKIPPER COURSE

LEVEL 4 COURSE (Offshore)

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Are you ready to test your sea legs? And would you like to learn more about coastal navigation, night sailing and how to plan a safe coastal passage? Then our exciting and popular Offshore Course is the one for you. During this course we’ll sail from Sans Souci to Sydney Harbour and back.

Aside from testing your sea legs, this will be a great way to practice coastal navigation, learn about safety on the ocean, how to work as an efficient team on a big racing yacht and experience sailing at night.

Duration: One full day of 12 hours. What to bring? Sailing gloves, hat, wet weather gear, sun screen, good shoes and a change of clothes. Lunch and beverages are provided.

AUSSEA SAILING KEELBOAT PROGRAM – IN A NUTSHELL

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Level 1 INTRODUCTION – 12 hours – An introduction to the basics of sailing on a keelboat, including boat handling, safety and sailing theory.
Level 2 INTERMEDIATE – 12 hours – Designed to improve your sailing skills by building on your practical and theory knowledge.
Level 3 ADVANCED – 12 hours – Advanced sailing skills and safety knowledge to enable you to reach a level where you are able to sail unsupervised inshore.
Level 4 OFFSHORE – 12 hours (1 whole day) – Time to broaden your horizon and to get ready for some serious wind and waves. This course is the best way to test your sea legs and to learn how to plot and navigate a safe coastal passage under the guidance of Yachtmaster Offshore instructors.
RACING – 12 hours – The best way to get ready for some serious racing and to take part in an actual race. This course includes all aspects of handling and trimming (adjustment) of symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers.

INTERNATIONAL YACHT TRAINING WORLDWIDE (IYT) BAREBOAT SKIPPER COURSES

BAREBOAT SKIPPER COURSE – Level 5

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This is a two day onboard course, for those who have completed level 1-4 course, or equivalent, and VHF Radio Operators Course. Candidates obtaining this certificate through AusSea Sailing School automatically qualify for an ICC after passing the International Bareboat Skipper theory and practical exam. This certificate is the level of competence that’s needed for chartering a boat in the Mediterranean or West Indies.

Duration: Two full days onboard a 40 footer. Course notes, exam, meals and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY (ICC)

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It is also possible to sit for the ICC exam, if you can demonstrate sufficient prior experience. On booking the practical/theory exam we will supply comprehensive course notes for you to study. If you identify areas you feel weak in, we are happy to discuss a pathway to bring you up to speed, for instance through our FastTrack Course or private lessons.

Duration: 4 hours

VHF RADIO OPERATORS CERTIFICATE

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The VHF Radio Operators course is essential for anyone who is likely to be using a marine radio or anyone undertaking a voyage on open sea. Topics that will be covered are basic radio theory, common radio terms, regulations, radio procedures, transmitting and receiving, the phonetic alphabet, emergency radio communications and EPIRB and SART.

Duration: 6 hours (one full day/two week nights)

SPECIAL COURSES

LADIES ONLY COURSE

During summer we will be running our Ladies Only classes on Fridays. Learn to sail in a relaxed and healthy outdoor environment during our four week sailing course. This is a great way to meet some new friends, while doing something active and fun.

The ‘Ladies Only Introductory’ course consists of 4x two hour lessons, every Friday from 10am – 12pm, and we will teach you the basics of sailing. We’ll be using one of our J24 keel yachts, very manoeuvrable but stable and sturdy at the same time (impossible to tip over!)

Duration: 4 sessions of 2 hours. What now? ‘Ladies Only Intermediate’ – book two courses at the same time to be eligible for some great discounts!

AUSSEA FAST TRACK

You asked, we listened. That’s why we’ve added a short, intense course to our keelboat program – AusSea FastTrack! Do you need a refresher and brush up on some specific skills or would you like to accelerate your sailing career? Then FastTrack is for you. A one day course (8 hours), ideal for those who are time poor or live a bit further away from Botany Bay, Sydney.

Duration: 1 session of 8 hours. What now? Maybe the Bareboat Skipper Course if chartering is your thing, the Offshore Day Course or the Spinnaker Course if you’re ready to race.

RACING COURSE (Spinnaker)

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Our Racing Course is THE best one in Australia, simply because we teach you the ins and outs of racing with both a symmetric as well as an asymmetric spinnaker. We’re the only sailing school in Sydney to use keelboats (J24’s) and sport boats (Melges 24) to deliver this racing course. On completion you’ll be totally race ready. During two full days you’ll learn how to pack, hoist, gybe and douse a spinnaker and you’ll experience the different positions on a racing crew. And to top it off, at the end of the course we’ll put everything you’ve learned into practice during a spinnaker race. This course is exhilarating and one of our quick sell outs, so don’t hesitate and book your spot.

Duration: two sessions of six hours. What to bring? Sailing gloves, hat, some courage, water sun screen and good shoes. What now? Join one of our Regatta Crews and join a sport boats regatta or one of the many J24 regattas around Sydney.

SPORTS BOAT RACING

This course is for the speed demons that want to learn the ins and outs of sport boat racing. We’ll teach you all you need to know about asymmetric spinnakers – rigging, hoisting, dousing, inside/outside gybing & trimming – all this while experiencing the different positions on a sport boat, from mainsheet to bow.

Duration: 6 hours

PATHWAY TO:

INSHORE SKIPPER

  • Introduction
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
 
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COASTAL SKIPPER

  • Introduction
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Offshore Course
 
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BAREBOAT SKIPPER

  • Introduction
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Offshore Course
  • Bareboat Skipper Course (overnight)
 
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INSHORE RACING CREW

  • Introduction
  • Intermediate
  • Racing
 
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