Starting Sailing & Junior Sail Training

Dinghies are small sailing boats and they are a great way to get into sailing. There are a wide variety of dinghy types suitable for children through to adults of all ages and abilities. 

Our sailing courses are taught by qualified and experienced instructors, all of whom hold a current first aid certificate and working with children check. With a strong focus on water safety, we provide all life jackets and other safety equipment required to ensure everyone has a positive sailing experience.

In addition to providing a fun, enjoyable way to develop new skills, our junior training program has produced a number of students who have reached State Champion level and successfully represented the State at National Championships.

For all our learn to sail courses, we provide temporary membership of our club, along with boats and equipment.

Adults Learn to Sail


For adults we prefer to offer small group, or single-person tuition. Contact us for details, and to find a time that suits both you and our volunteer instructors. If you are not yet ready to take the leap to learning to sail, but would like to see what dinghy sailing is like, we can also arrange for you to head out in a boat on a calm day, with an experienced sailor at the helm. 

 

Junior Learn to Sail

Junior Learn to Sail is a fun, introductory sailing course for children aged 7-14. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided. Groups of around 12 students learn mainly in Pacers in groups of three or four, with an experienced, qualified instructor and younger, assistant instructors from our club.

Our 4-day courses are run in the first few weeks of January each year. These courses are the club’s biggest, single investment of volunteer time. While we sometimes have space for holidaymakers, we give priority to students living in the locally in the Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills areas. 

Bookings open 8 October 2021. Morning and afternoon courses are available. Course dates are 4-7 January 2022 and 10-13 Januaryn 2022. The courses are 3 hours x 4 days, cost $200 and are instructed by Qualified Australian Sailing Instructors. 

 

Visit the booking site for more details. Alternatively, you can contact us via email GAC.Sailing@gmail.com , or chat to one of our committee after sailing on a Sunday afternoon.

 

Junior Sail Training

After completing one of our Learn to Sail courses, students are encouraged to return to the club to continue their skills development in single-handed, Optimist dinghies. The junior program operates on Sunday mornings from 9-11.30, with rigging and preparation from 8.30 am. It includes introductory, intermediate and advanced sail training facilitated by a dedicated and professional volunteer team. Parents are requested to volunteer where possible, helping with safety boats, launching and retrieving dinghies and packing and storing equipment.

The Optimist is the most popular dinghy class in the world today. Optimists are single-handed dinghies designed for kids. They can handle them without danger, fear or back-strain. Safe and simple enough for an 8-year old, exciting and technical enough for a 15-year old. Getting started in the Optimist fleet is an exciting time for many kids – hopefully, their experience sailing this child-friendly dinghy will be the starting point for a lifelong enjoyment of sailing.

The club has a few dinghies stored at the club available to hire or rent for the season for new students graduating from our Learn to Sail program. Optis are also regularly for sale, and can easily be transported on top of a car.

As soon as students are able to sail confidently around a triangle course, they are encouraged to join the rest of the club in racing on Sunday afternoons. 

Junior Sailing Coordinator: Adam Spees 0437 664958