Adult learn to sail

As an accredited Australian Sailing Discover Sailing Centre the club offers opportunities and experiences to suit all abilities. Our team of qualified instructors and coaches are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and passion for the sport of sailing.

Royal Brighton Yacht Club has one of the most active sailing calendars in Victoria. With learn to sail courses, powerboat courses, social sailing, racing and volunteer opportunities there are several ways to get on the water. We look forward to welcoming you and showing you how fun, safe, accessible, and affordable sailing is.

Here at RBYC we offer a number of options for adults interested in sailing. Whether you are keen to learn in a dinghy or a keelboat, spend an afternoon or do a course. Discover Sailing courses can lead on to a wide range of sailing and social opportunities at RBYC, both recreational and competitive.

Our Courses

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Dinghy courses are tailored for adults and involve sailing on small exhilarating boats (one, two or three crew vessels).

Dinghies represent an ideal learning platform because thanks to their small size participants are safe and in full control of all sailing aspects. In more experienced hands though dinghies become action-packed boats suitable for sailors looking for a thrilling sail

All dinghy courses are run over 4 consecutive Saturdays

Program OverviewCourses
Start Sailing L1: $360Learn the fundamental skills of sailing a dinghySept 7,14,21 & 26
Start Sailing L2: $360Continue to learn the fundamental skills of sailing a dinghy, on your ownSept 7,14,21 & 26
Better Sailing L3: $360Sail in faster winds, whilst using a trapeze and a spinnakerSept 7,14,21 & 26


Keelboat courses use sailing boats up to 10m long which allow participants to learn to sail on stable yet responsive vessels. The crew is comprised of several sailors so all participants can experience and master all roles on board. Teamwork is essential and allows for participants of all fitness levels to learn to sail. These vessels are called Sport Keelboats for a reason though, more experienced crews will soon find out that these vessels are no snail!

Details & Bookings

Start Crewing: $380Learn the basics of sailing on a keelboat (no prior sailing required)
17 & 24 August
Start Crewing Twilights
As above run over 4 evenings 5.30 pm – 8.30pm Wednesdays (Twilights Only)TBC
Start Helming: $380Develop your theory and practical skills of helming (Must have Start Crewing or equivalent experience)Contact Office
Spinnakers: $380Learn to use a symmetrical spinnaker. (Must have sound knowledge of crewing on keel boats but no spinnaker experience needed)31 August
Start Skippering: $380Learn the seamanship skills to enable you to skipper a boat. (Must have Start Helming or equivalent experience)Contact Office
Start Racing :$380Learn the basics of racing a keelboat. (must be a competent sailor as crew)

Frequently asked questions

Is it safe?

Safety is the top priority at RBYC.  The club provides all the safety equipment needed and all instructors maintain current qualifications and certificates dictated by Australian Sailing and RBYC, including first aid training and working with children checks.

Do I need to be a member of the club?

You do not need to be a member of a club to take part in one of our adult courses

Do I need a boat?

All boats are provided by RBYC

What do I need to bring?

All the safety equipment is provided by the club. In addition you will need:
– Clothes & shoes (including change) – wear ones you don’t mind getting wet and will keep you warm on cold days
– Towel
– Drink bottle
– Hat
– Sunscreen