Adult Learn to Sail Course

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East Fremantle Yacht Club is extremely proud of the work of its dedicated Sail Training team, who provide a choice of recommended pathways for people who are just starting out on the water or looking to develop their knowledge and skills.

The aim is to deliver a quality sailing and boating experience for a wide variety of ages and experience and to provide a variety of ongoing opportunities matched to an individual’s needs and motivations.

East Fremantle Yacht Club is an accredited Australian Sailing Discover Sailing Centre, offering courses for all ages, from absolute beginners up to the more experienced. So book in and learn how to sail today!

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:

3 Sundays commencing 2nd May 2021 from 9am – 12.30pm

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:
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.