Learn to Sail

SBSC Sail Training Information

Welcome to SBSC sail training program. As a family orientated club we aim to provide a safe and fun learning environment for sailors to:

        Help people learn to sail

        Teach safe boat handling, seamanship, and sportsmanship

        Teach the techniques and skills of racing

        Promote the enjoyment of sailing and club competition

Sailing is a lifetime sport and pastime. Some of the friends and acquaintances you will make at SBSC will turn into lifelong friendships and you can travel all over the country, or world, for competitions. How you act as a junior sailor will have a lasting impact. Please recognize that sailing is a privilege and you are being provided with a fun and fulfilling opportunity. To make the most of this experience, we ask that you follow these guidelines:

        Sail for fun and the love of the sport. Enjoy yourself and the friendships you make.

        Work hard to improve your skills.

        Listen, ask questions, and watch others to see how you can better your skills.

        Learn teamwork, sportsmanship, discipline, confidence and self-control.

        Be a team player – get along with others.

        Help others as often as you can.

        Learn the rules, and play by them.

        Always be a good sport and set a positive example for others.

Personal Equipment and Gear

Sailing requires both safety gear you must wear and personal equipment to make sailing more enjoyable. A list of these items is provided below. Please ask if you have any questions.

Mandatory items;

  • ·         Life Jackets (PFD – Personal Floatation Device) are to be worn at all times on the beach, sailing, or in a power boat. A PFD type1 is recommended for beginners – Ensure that it is the correct size and comfortable fit. SBSC has a limited number of PFD’s for loan initially but it is expected that you will purchase your own.
  • ·         Sun protection – Sunscreen, cap or hat, long-sleeve rash vests and sunglasses are strongly recommended

Recommended items;

  • ·         Closed toed shoes – good for grip and toe protection  when sailing so they must be able to get wet (should be soft-soled) 
  • ·         Water sport helmet (recommended for beginners) 
  • ·         Sailing gloves
  • ·         Wetsuit (optional but preferable for comfort) 
  • ·         Water bottle
  • ·         Bathing suit and clothing that can get wet 
  • ·         Towel 
  • ·         Windbreaker or rain jacket 
  • ·         Change of clothes
  • ·         Eyeglasses/sunglasses retainer strap 
  • ·         Jumper or warm layer 
  • ·         Water sport helmet (recommended for beginners)
  • ·         Wetsuit (optional but preferable for comfort)  
  • ·         Bathing suit and clothing that can get wet 
  • ·         Windbreaker or rain jacket 
  • ·         Eyeglasses/sunglasses retainer strap
  • ·         Sailing gloves 
  • ·         Water bottle
  • ·         Towel 
  • ·         Change of clothes
  • ·         Jumper or warm layer 
Label all of your gear with a permanent marker!  Your gear will look at lot like other sailors’.


Sail Training is FREE for all members! Other clubs charge up to $30 per session but our program is run by volunteers and the club supplies the equipment;  feel  free to help out though!

Parental Involvement

Parent volunteers and friends of SBSC Junior Sailing are vitally important to the success of the Junior Program. Parents with sailors at all levels are highly encouraged to help. Areas to participate as a volunteer include:

        Beach duty officer  (supervising rigging, launching, landing, de rigging, confidence support)

        Safety boat crew

        Safety boat operators

Volunteering is a great way to get involved, meet other sailing parents, and participate in your child’s activities outside the home.

Parent Guidelines

Parents / guardians are an important part of a successful Sailing Program. Parents should be involved and supportive of their children as they pursue the sport of sailing. In addition to signing your child up for lessons we ask you to also:

        Stay at the beach for the first season to support you child. Confidence is the biggest step in learning to sail.

        Encourage your child to play by the rules. Remember, children learn best by example.

        Show a positive attitude toward the SBSC program and all of its participants.

        Emphasize personal skill development and practices and how they benefit your young athlete.

        Applaud a good effort in victory and in defeat and enforce the positive points of the sport.

        Familiarize yourself with the materials required for your child’s participation in the SBSC program. ( Course Descriptions, Calendars, Schedules, Policies, Duties, etc)

        Assist with the movement of boats but try not to rig boats for sailors. Knowledge, confidence, and ability all come from your child being responsible for the routine tasks of sailing. It is also important that the sailors learn to help each other with what they cannot do themselves.

        Get involved with volunteer opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need his/ her own boat to participate in junior coaching or junior racing? No!  SBSC has thirteen different  club owned boats for use on club days to help introduce the new sailor to the sport of sailing. These can be used for afternoon racing too with priority given to our newest members. There is a list of boats included below as suggestions. Please speak to the coordinators for more information.

Do I need to be a member to sail at SBSC? SBSC encourages a try sailing 3 times and stay for life policy. Join us for 3 sessions of sailing and become a member for a lifetime of fun.

When should I sign up? You and your family can join at any time during the year.

It’s raining, storming, cold, etc., is there class? We will always put safety first at SBSC. We will monitor the weather and notify you as soon as possible if it is cancelled but will sail in all sorts of weather. Come prepared!

Where do I get sailing gear? Sport Phillip Marine in Mornington have all the gear you will need and can assist with ensuring the correct fitting.  Ph: 5975 4715

What about supervision before and after class? Please be on time dropping off in the morning and be prompt picking up at the end of the session. We cannot offer supervision outside of our normal class times.

Can I stay and watch my child sail? Parents are welcome to stay and are required to for the first season for support. SBSC run safe and fun classes, and appreciate being able to do so with parental volunteers during class. Please ask the coordinators directly if you have any questions.

I lost my… Did you find it? We have a lost and found in the club. Unclaimed items are donated to goodwill at the end of each season.

Is there swimming? Sailors will need to be confident in the water. Sailors will get wet and be in and out of the water. Capsizing is a normal part of sailing.