Information on Adult Courses

 

Learn to Sail Courses at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club

Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club offers a variety of training programs specifically tailored for adults. These range from weekly group courses to one-on-one private coaching sessions and assessment. The Club offeres learn to sail courses in both Pacer dinghies and BW8 Keelboats, as well as Powerboat Handling courses and Radio Operation courses. The Club also runs First Aid courses and hosts Yachting WA Sea Safety and Survival courses, both of these are run on a user demand basis.

Courses are conducted by instructors accredited by Yachting Australia, in the safe and sheltered waters of Freshwater Bay in Peppermint Grove. Enrolments are open to both members and non-members of the Club.

Enrolling in a Course:

To enrol in one of our courses, please select the "Enrol - Adult Courses" link on the menu bar to the right of the screen.

 

Courses Conducted In Pacer Dinghies:

Yachting Australia accredited small boat courses are conducted in Pacer dinghies. The Pacer is a 4 metre dinghy - it is an ideal dinghy for two adults to sail in.

START SAILING 1 & 2

Combined first and second levels of Yachting Australia’s Discover Sailing program. This combined course is suitable for novice sailors who have little to no sailing experience. Course is an introduction to fundamental boat handling skills (including rigging, capsize recovery drill, rope work, launch and recovery, sailing techniques and weather forecasts. The course then progresses on to more advanced concepts including close hauled sailing, theory, wind patterns and basic rules. This is a fun and challenging course that allows adults to learn the fundamentals of sailing and gain confidence in the sheltered waters of Freshwater Bay.

Prerequisite:  Participants must be able to swim and be water confident - buoyancy vest supplied.

Cost: $350 per non-member inclusive of GST and $300 per member inclusive of GST (21 hour course). Includes Yachting Australia log book and course materials.

 

Courses Conducted In BW8 Keelboats:

Yachting Australia accredited National Keelboat Scheme courses conducted in BW8 Keelboats. The BW8 is an 8 metre keelboat - it is an ideal boat for six adults to sail on.

START CREWING & START HELMING - First & Second Modules of National Keelboat Scheme

Combined first and second levels of Yachting Australia’s modular National Keelboat Scheme program. This combined course is suitable for novice sailors who have little to no sailing experience. It is intended for both skippers and crew and will provide participants with the skills to join a keelboat crew in a regular Thursday or Saturday afternoon race.

Prerequisite:  Participants must be able to swim and be water confident - buoyancy vest supplied.

Cost: $350 per non-member inclusive of GST and $300 per member inclusive of GST (21 hour course)

SPINNAKERS - Third Module of National Keelboat Scheme

Third level of Yachting Australia’s modular National Keelboat Scheme program. Course extends knowledge gained in the Start Crewing and Start Helming courses, and covers symmetric and asymmetric spinnaker handling. Course covers hoisting, trimming, gybing, dropping and packing together with specialised helming under spinnaler and communicating with the crew.

Prerequisite:  Participants must be able to swim and be water confident - buoyancy vest supplied.

Cost: $200 per non-member inclusive of GST and $180 per member inclusive of GST (12 hour course)

 

Private Lessons and Courses:

PRIVATE LESSONS & COURSES

Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, at the request of individuals, can arrange private lessons in Club owned Pacer or Laser dinghies. Participants are also able to sail in their own boat. This flexible option is useful for sailors wishing to gain additional skills outside a structured course or are unable to attend a scheduled course due to other committments.

Special lessons can also be customised for groups as required, this is a cost effective way to advance quickly whilst receiving one-on-one instruction.


Lessons are customised to suit the individuals needs and can be booked directly through Training Centre Principal Jenn Suffield.

 

Power Boat Courses:

RECREATIONAL SKIPPERS TICKET

Theory & Practical Assessments Only

In Western Australia, drivers of boats and yachts fitted with motors greater than 6hP must hold a Recreational Skipper's Ticket (RST). There are two assessments, a 30 question multiple choice theory paper and an on-water practical assessment. Both thery and practical assessments are generally carried out on the same day by arrangement with the Club RST Assessor.

Recreational Skipper's Ticket Training course (including assessments)

This 12 hour training course is suitable for new powerboat owners or novice users who require a 'stand and deliver' training course to prepare for the formal assessments. Please note, there is a minimum number required to run this course.

Prerequisite: It is recommended participants obtain a copy of 'A Guide to the Recreational Skipper's Ticker Workbook' and study the contents prior to course commencement.

Further Information: Please contact Training School Principal Jenn Suffield.

Recreational Skipper's Ticket Practical Training

Practical training in handling a small powered craft is available for those who wish to sit the RST but feel they should brush up on their boat handling skills. Individual training at a convinient time can be arranged through the Club. Up to three participants can be accomodated at a time on the vessel.

Prerequisite: It is recommended participants obtain a copy of 'A Guide to the Recreational Skipper's Ticker Workbook' and study the contents prior to course commencement.

Further Information: Please contact Training School Principal Jenn Suffield.

 

Radio Operation:

MARINE RADIO OPERATORS CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY

If you are using a VHF or a MF/HF radio transceiver on your boat, the Australian Communications Authority requires you to hold an Operator's Certificate. This course is conducted by an experienced invigilator and coves the required Australian Communications Authoirty syllabus and examination for issue of the Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP) for both VHF and MF/HF radios. The course is typically run on Wednesday evenings between 1900 - 2100, usuall during winter.

Prerequisite: Each participant will be required to provide a colour passport size photograph of themselves.

Cost: $180 non-member inclusive of GST, $140 member inclusive of GST.


Lessons are customised to suit the individuals needs and can be booked directly through Training Centre Principal Jenn Suffield.

 

First Aid:

PROVIDE FIRST AID

The Provide First Aid course is suitable for anyone wishing to gain essential skills to administer first aid in an emergency situation. This course is particularly suitable for sailors wishing to qualify as Yachting Australia accredited sailing instructors.

Further Information: Please contact Training School Principal Jenn Suffield.