The National Keelboat Scheme is an exciting new development for sailing in Australia. It provides a fun and accessible entry into sailing and gives participants further opportunity to improve and develop sailing skills and techniques.
The courses will equip you with the essentials required to safely sail a small yacht without the fear of capsizing or getting wet! As your skills progress, you will also develop an understanding of each person's role and how teamwork plays a major part of being an effective crew.
You should come away with the knowledge and confidence to sail a small yacht competently and for those that wish, you can progress to larger yachts or participate as crew on a racing yacht.
"The teaching of pure sailing skills"
The National Keelboat Scheme learn to sail programs are beginner courses designed to maximize the amount of “pure sailing skill” learnt by students without them needing to get wet by sailing in smaller dinghies.
The courses are taught in self righting day boats which are responsive to wind conditions. With a ratio of four students and one instructor, students are compelled to learn the teamwork required and understand the roles of others in sailing small yachts. The courses focus on helming time and practice of sailing skills.
Skill reinforcement – through practice
The keelboat scheme aims to avoid putting too much content into the initial levels of the course and to focus on helming time and practice within the course time allowance.
Each course is 12 hours in duration and each course flows on from the previous. Students are encouraged to continue participating in sailing at the East Fremantle Yacht Club and we will assist you to find yachts to join during scheduled sailing events on Wednesdays and Sundays.
For further information please Click here: KB1 and KB2 course outline
Keelboat Crew (KB1)
This keelboat training course is for people with no previous sailing experience and assumes no previous knowledge or skills.
The course will be run over 3 days ie Saturday or Sunday morning of 3 weekends.
Each day will consist of one hour of meeting room talk discussion and some practical rope work followed by 3 hours of on water instruction.
Each group of 4 participants in the on water part will be accompanied by an Instructor accredited to the National Keelboat Scheme for at least part one and two.
The school will be overseen by an instructor accredited to “Senior Instructor National Keelboat Scheme”.
Strong winds or forecast strong winds will be reason to cancel the on water activity.
Generally winds in excess of 15 knots will be reason to cancel.
Each participant will be offered and encouraged to wear a Personal Flotation device during on water activities. Instruction on correct fit and use will be an early priority on boarding the boat.
Generally participants will be rotated through a different boat and instructor on each on water session to broaden the experience of different types of boats. Only boats of less than 8 metres length of agility and light displacement will be used.
It is expected that part 2 of the National Keelboat Scheme will be offered immediately after taking another 12 hours or 3 days.
Next Scheduled Courses dates:
February : 9th, 16th and 23rd
Keelboat Helm (KB2)
This is a course for improvers designed to get you sailing with minimal supervision.
• Sail handling – learn to prepare the sails and rig the boat
• Learn the correct use of halyards, sheets and deck hardware
• Reef and shake out sails whilst underway
• Helm and trim sails effectively on all points of sail
• Helm effectively around a triangular course including tacking and gybing
• Recover a Man Overboard under sail as helm
• Basic weather forecasts
• Emergencies and raising the alarm
• Anchoring the boat
Pre-requisite for attendance: Successful completion of Keelboat Crew (KB1)
Course fee includes 12 hours of instruction and a certificate of completion from Yachting Australia.
Next Scheduled Course dates:
This course aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to be a useful crew member on inshore and offshore racing yachts. With the introduction of tactics and rules of racing it is a great way to gain more confidence on the race track.
Next Course dates: TBC .
Please register your Expression of Interest with our Events Coordinator.
This course aims to equip participants with advanced sailing and boat-handling techniques.
Next Course dates: TBC . Please register your Expression of Interest with our Events Coordinator.
Course Costs (each individual course):
Course cost for non members: $300
Course cost for members: $260
Course fee includes a Keelboat text book, Yachting Australia log book and certificate of completion from Yachting Australia.
Non Member fee also includes an Associate Membership for the remainder of the current membership season (to 30th of June).
If you have any further questions or would like to know dates for the next course, please call the Club during office hours on 9339 8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
National Keelboat Scheme Brochure 2012-13
National_Keelboat_Scheme_Enrolment_Form 2012-13 (1)
Start Sailing 1 & 2 - For dates: Please contact the Office on email@example.com or 9339 8111
Start Sailing 1 syllabus (1)
START SAILING 2 syllabus
Adult Start Sailing 1 & 2 Registration Form