We offer fully accredited AYF Inshore and Offshore sailing courses in a safe and fun environment. Learn the art of sailing on the beautiful Pittwater and Hawkesbury River sailing aboard Bavaria and Catalina Yachts. Venture Further afield to Port Stephens, Jervis Bay, Coffs Harbour, Southport or Hamilton Island. All the basic inshore courses are two days duration sleeping on board in one of the beautiful bays or marinas on Pittwater. All food and drink are included as is a limited edition cap and AYF logbook. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag, a drink for a "sundowner" and a sense of humor.
Midweek One Day, Fun Day Pt 1 - If you have never sailed before, try our one-day, fun day introductory course to make sure you will enjoy it. Add in the 2nd day at a later date and you have completed your introductory certificate. This course covers personnel safety, steering, correct use of winches, rigging the yacht, wind direction and all points of sailing Pack a picnic lunch, don't forget the sunscreen we give you a hat. A great gift idea, check out our gift certificates under Options
Midweek One Day, Fun Day Pt 2 - Intensive course second part assumes you have completed one-day course or have basic sailing knowledge. This course covers basic steering, knots, Navigation, compass and chart work rules of the road. Receive your AYF introductory certificate at the end of the day. Meet new friends; Don't forget your lunch and your pencil case.
Midweek and Weekend cruises - Cruise around Pittwater and Hawkesbury River, check out the wildlife, fairy penguins, eagles and occasionally dolphins and whales in season. Enjoy a swim off the back of the boat. Sit back and enjoy the view or take control of the yacht yourself with a skipper on hand to offer advice and guidance. $50.00 per person minimum requirements for sail to proceed. Our 4 hour cruises depart at the following times from either Bayview or Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
Course 1. AYF Introductory Certificate - Begin with the basics - this complete 2 day course covers all aspects of the above course in 1 weekend The course includes the following elements of personnel safety, steering, correct use of winches, basic knots, rigging the yacht, wind direction and all points of sailing, compass, basic chart work and rules of the road. No previous experience required.
Course 2. AYF Competent Crew Certificate - The confidence builder - This course will give you confidence on the water and practice the experience gained from your first course whilst gaining confidence in your own ability. Learn new elements of Helmsmanship, anchoring and moorings, seamanship, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions, personal safety, man overboard drill, lights and flags, flares, rules of the road, meteorology and engine maintenance. Basic Knowledge is required to join this course.
Course 3 AYF Inshore Skipper Certificate - The Bareboat Charter Skipper - Learn Skills that will enable you to charter one of our luxurious yachts or catamarans on your own. Sailing the Whitsunday's or even Greece and Turkey this certificate is recognized worldwide and covers mandatory licensing which is required in most places outside of Australia. Elements of this course include organization of watches in harbour and at sea, Reefing, proficiency in navigation, meteorology and forecasting, maintenance and repair, victualling, emergency situations, passage planning, radio work, boat handling, mooring and docking in marinas. Basic first aid. Competent crew level plus a minimum 10 hours sea time are required to do this course. See our additional packages options.
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