What is involved in adult learn to sail courses?
The Adult Learn to Sail Program is designed to build your confidence and knowledge of the sport of sailing in a safe, fun, and supportive environment. Classes will include theory sessions within the club and practical sessions on the clubs fleet of Elliott 7 keelboats – perfect for learning the ropes. Each boat will have a maximum of 4 sailors and 1 coach, ensuring everyone gets the attention and guidance they need. All of our instructors are fully qualified Yachting Australia Instructors, and the courses are run in accordance with Yachting Australia’s Discover Sailing Syllabus. Upon completion of the course you will receive a Yachting Australia nationally recognised certificate of competency. Following the program, participants are invited to use their new skills crewing on our member’s yachts and in regular yacht racing events. It’s free and a great social environment, we have racing Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Wednesday and Saturday afternoon. No matter what your schedule we can get you on the water!
Is it safe?
Whilst some footage you may have seen on T.V can make sailing look dangerous and extreme, the vast majority of sailing is safe and relaxed in sheltered waters. Our introductory courses are focused on simple, safe sailing – as you progress beyond the course there will be opportunities to venture offshore and to hop on faster boats, but most choose to remain in the calm of Pittwater. We take safety very seriously. We have on and off water policies which our qualified instructors follow and base their decisions upon. When on the water all participants must wear Australian Standards Approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) otherwise known as life jackets which RPAYC supply and ensure fit snugly. There are constant reminders about sunburn and weather protection. Safety lessons are part of the course syllabus and cover a very broad range of water associated safety. The Club and our instructors meet the strict standards set by our governing bodies, Yachting Australia, NSW Sport & Recreation, Work Cover NSW and the Child Protection Act.
What prerequisites are necessary before I can participate?
Level 1 Course - no prior sailing experience is necessary.
Level 2 Course – you’ll need to have completed level 1.
Level 3 Course – you’ll need to have completed level 2.
What type of boats are used?
The keelboat program is delivered in the Clubs fleet of 7 metre training yachts. They are light, responsive, forgiving and easy to learn on.
What is the duration of the course?
The Course length varies depending on the level that you do:
Level 1 – 8 x 3 hour sessions
Level 2 & 3 – 6 x 3 hour sessions
I can’t make every lesson, can I get a discount?
Unfortunately, discounts are not provided.
I will miss one or more sessions, does this matter?
Ideally, it is best if you can attend each session. We do understand that unforeseen events and unavoidable commitments can make this impossible, therefore missing one day is usually not a big deal as long as you give your instructor advance notice. However, the first day of the Program is crucial if you have no previous sailing experience. This is due to the instructors covering the basics of sailing and safety.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
Refunds will only be provided to cancellations made 2 weeks prior to the first day of the course. Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the course will result in loss of 50% of the course fees. Cancelations made within 24 hours of the course start or after the course has started will results in the loss of course fees.
Do I need to be a member of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club?
No, you do not need to be a member; however, we do offer a discounted rate to members of the RPAYC. If you are interested in membership please visit our Become a Member page or contact the club on 9998 3700 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
What qualifications do the instructors have?
The Instructors at RPAYC have a Keelboat Instructor Certificate from Yachting Australia, a Powerboat Handling Certificate, First Aid Certificate and a boat license. Additionally, they have a significant amount of sailing experience and knowledge.
How do I book into a course?
Bookings can be made online here.
If you have any issues with enrolment, please don’t hesitate to contact the Sailing Office on (02) 9998 3761.
What will I need to bring on the day?
Clothing that is comfortable to move around in similar to what you might wear in the gym. You’ll also need to wear enclosed shoes with white soles – this is important so they don’t mark the boats. Regular sneakers or Dunlop volleys are a good option. You will also need:
· A change of clothes.
· Sunscreen and hat.
· Water bottle.
It is always best to over pack rather than under pack. Bags will be left in the secure RPAYC Training Centre during your session.
I don’t have a PFD / Can I bring my own PFD?
RPAYC Provides PFDs to all participants. These are Type 1 and Australian Standard Approved. The Club has plenty of sizes, but if you have your own PFD that fits you, we recommend bringing this along. Your instructor will double check it for you before you hit the water.
What is the next step after the Keelboat Program?
Following the program, participants are invited to use their new skills crewing on our member’s yachts and in regular yacht racing events. It’s free and a great social environment, we have racing Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Wednesday and Saturday afternoon. No matter what your schedule we can get you on the water!
Please contact the Sailing Office on (02) 9998 3761, or email email@example.com if you have any further questions.