Sailing School

Learn to Sail a Dinghy with us!

The Sailing School and our Instructors are fully accredited by Australian Sailing.

Introduction To Sailing Course

Perfect for those testing the waters. This is a short introduction to sailing and is aimed at beginner level for teenagers (>13 yrs) & adults in a safe and supportive environment. The goal of this course is to expose participants to small boats and introduce some basic sailing concepts.

Course duration: half day (4 hrs)

Cost: $50 per person

At the completion of the Introduction To Sailing course you have the option of enrolling in the Start Sailing 1 & 2 course to further develop your skills.

Course participants must be confident in the water and able to swim 50 mtrs.

Start Sailing 1 & 2 Course

This course focuses on learning the fundamental skills of small boat sailing. The goal is to equip you in sailing a dinghy on your own, or with a crew member, enabling you to participate in regular club sailing events.

Course duration: 6 x Saturday mornings (9am-12pm)

Cost: $240 per person (adult) / $210 youth (13-18 yrs) / $110 youth (13-18 yrs) if accompanied by an adult.

Topics covered

• Introduction to Basic Safety Afloat
• Boat Orientation
• Introduction to Rigging the Boat
• Sailing Orientation
• Capsize Recovery Drill
• Sailing a triangle and windward/leeward course
• Boat Speed Control
• Leaving & Returning to the shore
• Basic Rights of Way

Fair use of club boats for Saturday afternoon club racing is permitted for a period of time upon completion of Start Sailing 1 & 2 (pending availability).

How is your training recognised?

Upon successful completion of the Start Sailing 1 & 2 course you will receive a certificate issued by Australian Sailing. 

What equipment will you need?

Lysterfield Sailing Club aims to make sailing as enjoyable and accessible as possible to everyone who has an interest.

With that in mind, all you need is yourself and some common clothing types to help you enjoy your experience.
As weather conditions may vary from cold to hot, sunny to wet, students should bring:

• Towel
• Wetsuit (if available)
• Shorts (also ideal over wetsuit for protection)
• Polyester shirts and tops recommended (no cotton)
• Windproof / Waterproof Jacket
• Old sneakers / Wetsuit Boots
• Sun Hat / Sunglasses (preferably with straps)
• Water bottle
PFD’s – Personal Floatation Devices (sometimes referred to as life-jackets or buoyancy vests) are supplied.

Where do you go?

Lysterfield Lake Park is situated at google maps entry. Entry is via Horswood Road. The sailing school meets on the lake foreshore directly West of the entry gate in the boating area as signed. Parking for cars and trailers is adjacent to our storage facility.

What about the weather?

We can sail on the lake at most times but should the weather prevent practical instruction then we conduct an appropriate session in the clubhouse. If the weather prevents sufficient practical sessions then substitute days are usually arranged, in order to complete the course.

How do you book ?

Courses are popular, please contact the club by email or via our Contact Us page to enquire about availability and to register your interest.