Junior Sailing and Sail Training

Over 60 YEARS of developing young sailors .

Woollahra Sailing Club has a proud tradition of developing young sailors and offering opportunities to juniors whatever the extent of their ambitions, be it as competitive club sailor, Olympic hopeful or purely fan and recreation.

At Woollahra Sailing Club we provide students with all the necessary skills and knowledge to competently sail a small dinghy in moderate weather conditions. Our courses are Yachting Australia accredited and are recognised nationwide. Whatever your age, our professional staff will ensure that you learn to sail and have fun at the same time. We cater to all levels of experience from “land-lubber” right through to expert. After completing a learn to sail course we offer a Sunday morning subsidised pathway in Pacers which allows sailors to further develop their skills on a training track.

Long-term Commitment to the Future

The club has continued to support this long-term commitment to the future of the sport with a focus to increase participation of juniors and guide them along a sailing pathway to further develop their sailing skills.

Sailing is the perfect recreational or competitive sport for all ages and there are few better experiences than spending some quality family time out on the water.

The club has a dedicated team of instructors and structured training program, representing a great way for kids to get on to the water and enjoy the safe, fun and adventurous world of sailing.

Popular Tackers Program

The club offers Yachting Australia-recognised courses including the popular Tackers program, which places the emphasis on learning key sailing skills in a safe and fun environment.

Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t need to have their own boat. All the equipment, including life jackets and boats, is provided.

The boats used in the Tackers program are small and easy to handle even for the youngest of children.

Children aged seven and upwards may be enrolled, the only prerequisite being that they must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres.

Further Follow-on Courses

Sailing for the younger children is offered in a fleet of Optimist dinghies. Optimists are a single-hander and one of the most popular and strongest small dinghy classes in Australia.

More skills can be acquired through further follow-on courses and through the experience that comes with simply being out on the water and as they grow older and more skilled, children may move to other classes of boat.

Two separate 10-week sessions are conducted each summer, but classes are offered all year round, ensuring the kids’ sailing interest and a skill levels continue to develop.

Having learnt to sail, children can take as much time from the sport as they wish, either sailing for pleasure only, or taking part in competitive events against their peers. Those who show a real aptitude for the sport are given every encouragement to go on and realise their sailing dreams should they wish to pursue competitive sailing at a higher level.

Achieving Representative Honours

Many of our members have gone on to achieve representative honours. It is a thrill and an honour for a junior to represent their state or country, but it is an equally uplifting experience for the club itself and and indication that the future of the club is in safe hands.

Many of these keen juniors will become our full adult members, committee men and women, instructors, office holders and commodores in years to come.

There are few things more thrilling for senior club members than seeing the young ones being gripped by the same passion for this wonderful sport that many of them experienced as juniors. Tradition is very much a part of Woollahra Sailing Club and this the love of the sea is passed down from one generation to the next.

School Sailing & Junior Sailing Holiday Camps

We provide a variety of options to Schools, both primary and secondary. We can provide coaching and training weekdays during or after school and weekends as well. Our available products range from tackers courses for the year 2 kids right through to High School Teams Racing.

The WSC Sailing Program supports schools who participate in the WSC Schools Racing Series and the NSW Teams Racing Association Championships.

We can provide all necessary coaching and resources for the development of sailing as a new sport in your school. Please call us today for more information (WSC: 02 9371 9805)

Woollahra Sailing Club, conducts school holiday camp programs for children aged between 7 and 14 years covering an arrange of water based and sailing activities, as well as fun games and team building exercises over four full days of fun on Sydney Harbour. The courses are run during all major school holiday periods throughout the year.

Our courses are fun, safe and fully supervised by qualified Yachting Australia instructors.

Private lessons

Private lessons are a great way to get personalised attention and make quick progress. Private lessons are open to all. Price varies per instructor and lesson length.

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.

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!

Windsurfing Lessons

On the whole, windsurfing can be picked up rather quickly. Beginners, start off on a large board with a tiny triangular sail in less than 5 knots of wind to develop their balance and core stability, acquire a basic understanding of sailing theory. With coaching and favourable conditions, the basic skills of sailing, steering, and turning can be learned within a few hours.

Windsurfing is a sport which, once mastered, can be enjoyed, even at an advanced level. Woollahra Sailing Club offers coaching and favourable conditions, the basic skills of sailing, steering, and turning can be learned within a few hours.

Our Windsurfing course covers the basics of windsurfing, using wide stable boards. Incorporating the “BIC Techno 293, this is the beginning of the youth Olympic pathway. Using a wide style one design board, as you get better you increase you sail size advancing on the basics.

Please send an email to Sailing.school@woollahrasailingclub.org.au

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Sailing Program

Sailors come in all shapes and sizes and so do their boats. Woollahra Sailing Club members can enjoy year round sailing in a variety of classes.


Discover Sailing

Tackers is a great place for beginning a lifelong love of the sport. Tackers is the perfect for developing skills and knowledge of sailing.

Start paddling

No better way to spend a day than with our Kayak and Standup Paddle (SUP) hire on Sydney Harbour – from Rose Bay



Kayak, Surf Ski & Standup Paddling. The club is home to over 150 Paddle members. Lessons and board hire available.


The club has a dedicated team of instructors and structured sailing program, representing a great way for kids to get onto the water and enjoy the adventures of sailing.


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Regattas and Competitions, Woollahra Sailing club events attract national and international sailers. Keep up to date with all the news and activities planned.


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During the school holidays we are offering Windsurf and Stand Up Paddle Board camps. These four day camps are the perfect place to learn or to improve the skills.


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Venue Hire

Functions, meeting and Corporate Opportunities. Woollahra Sailing Club is delighted to be able to offer top class events and function facilities.


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Join over 850 happy sailors and paddlers using WSC

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