Private Sailing Lessons

Adult Learn to Sail

Our courses follow the Basic Skills syllabus of Yachting Australia’s “getting into small boat sailing” scheme.

The courses are intended to provide students with all the necessary skills and knowledge to safely and competently sail a small dinghy in moderate weather conditions. It is a Yachting Australia accredited course and is recognised Australia wide.

On completion, participants will understand how to control and manage a small dinghy in light to moderate sailing conditions and then to participate in our Sunday morning pathway Pacer programme with our similarly qualified sailors to get more practice before going on to full on independent sailing for fun or racing . The courses also include basic understanding of weather, tides and general safety procedures, as well as fundamental sailing rules.


Adult Private Lessons (2 hr Taste Tester)an introduction to sailing, wind and basic knots. It is ideal for those wishing for an assessment of prior learning and do not have a valid qualification.

Cost: $160/two hour lesson for one individual or $240 for two individuals
Ages: 18+
Prerequisites: Can swim 50m

Adult Basic Skills Courses (4 x 2hr lessons) lessons which deliver the Yachting Australia curriculum.

  • Basic Skills Course 1 – The basics of sailing, including rigging, steering, crewing, tacking
  • Basic Skills Course 2 – The above, plus further introduction to gybing, points of sail, capsize recovery, launching and landing.
  • Better Sailing (Basic Skills Level 3) – Building on the foundation, more advanced boat-handling techniques, introduction to sailing rules and basic meteorology for sailing.

Cost: $550 for one individual or $880 for two individuals
Ages: 18+
Prerequisites: Can swim 50m

Lesson Availability

Lessons are offered in 2-hour modules seven days a week:

Saturday and Sunday time slots:

  • 10:00-12:00
  • 12:30-14:30
  • 15:00-17:00

Weekday lessons can take place anytime between 08:00-19:00


Lessons can be booked by contacting the WSC sailing school during office hours.

Only private tuition is available. For larger group bookings, again please contact the sailing school directly and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!