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Sailing can be exhilarating and our Adult Sailing courses have been developed to provide a safe and supportive introduction to sailing. If you would like to learn to take control of your own small boat, this is the place to start!

By the end of the course you will have been taught the skills and knowledge required to start racing at East Fremantle Yacht Club or to just enjoy being out on the water. 

Please see below the list Adult Sailing Courses available.

The Adult Dinghy course is designed to provide a safe & enjoyable introduction to small boat sailing for novices 18 years & older. This course will provide participants with a wide range of skills, a sound understanding of the responsibilities of the helmsman & crew, as well as knowledge of the marine environment.


$160 non-members | $140 members

Registration Form:

Adult Dinghy Enrolment Form

Next Scheduled Courses dates:

For more information and next course dates please contact out On Water Co-ordinator by emailing or calling 9339-8111 for more information.

Start Crewing / Helming is designed for people with little or no sailing experience, who want to get a taste of sailing, as well as those wanting to take their skills further. Run over 3 days, each day will consist of 1 hour of discussion & practical rope work followed by 3 hours of on-water instruction. During the on-water instruction each group of 4 participants will be accompanied by an instructor accredited to the National Keelboat Scheme. Each participant will be required to wear life jackets during on water activities. Instructions on correct fit & use will be an early priority on boarding the boat. Strong winds or forecast strong winds (generally in excess of 15 knots) will be reason to cancel the on-water activity. Generally, participants will be rotated through different boats & instructors for each on water session to broaden the experience of different types of boats.

The course includes:

• Sail handling – learn to prepare the sails & rig the boat
• Learn the correct use of halyards, sheets & deck hardware
• Reef & shake out sails whilst underway
• Helm & trim sails effectively on all points of sail
• Helm effectively around a triangular course including tacking & gybing
• Recover a man overboard under sail as helm
• Basic weather forecasts
• Emergencies & raising the alarm
• Anchoring the boat

$300 non-members | $260 members

Registration Form:
Adult Keelboat Enrolment Form

Next Scheduled Courses dates:

For more information and next course dates please contact out On Water Co-ordinator by emailing for more information.

Upon successful completion of the Keelboat Helming and Crewing course, you may wish to further your knowledge and learn about sailing with spinnakers and racing. This course expands on what was learnt in the Keelboat Crewing and Helming course and completes the Australian Sailing Keelboat Scheme’s schedule of courses.
This course is run in a similar format to the Keelboat Crewing and Helming course, with an instructor on-board each boat with a small group of students.

This course will cover the following areas:

• Set up symmetric & asymmetric spinnakers
• Hoisting, trimming, gybing & dropping spinnakers
• Packing spinnakers for efficient use
• Basic racing equipment
• Optimising sails for racing
• Understanding teamwork
• Basic rules of racing
• Crew communication

The Keelboat Spinnakers & Racing course is suitable for anyone who have completed the basic Crewing and Helming course and is looking to further develop their skills and engage in racing, either as a crew member or by purchasing a yacht of their own. It is also suitable for people with prior experience who have not undertaken formal training yet wish to up-skill.

Please note – this course is run at EFYC by demand only. If you would like to register your interest for this course, please contact our On-Water Co-ordinator by emailing, or calling 9339-8111.