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Learn to sail at Royal Perth Yacht Club!

Would you like to gain some sailing skills on a smaller boat where you have more control and need to be more self reliant? Too young to be part of a Keelboat crew? Or are you looking to sail a boat where you can push your own limits? Then a Dinghy sailing course is right for you.dinghy coursesWe offer courses for children and adults, see below for more details...

Our dinghy courses are

  • An excellent introduction into Dinghy sailing at Royal Perth Yacht Club

  • The perfect combination of practical and theory lessons – we prefer you to be out on the water with a bare minimum in the classroom

  • The chance to learn self reliance and independence whilst having fun

  • A recognised course, giving you a Nationally recognised Australian Sailing qualification and a useful starting point in your sailing adventures

  • Available for all ages, different courses are designed to engage and involve different age levels.

We use the following boats

  • The Optimist which is the ideal boat for those learning to sail from a young age (8-14yrs). For more info please see or
  • The 2-person Pacer which is a very popular training boat best suited to those aged 10 and up. For more information please see
  • The Laser which is a 1 person dinghy suited for those aged 14 and up. Be prepared to go fast and get wet. For more information please see

Types of courses

Little Tackers (4 to 6 years old)

The Little Tackers Introduction to sailing is open to children aged from 4 to 6 years old.

Each one hour session involves games on the beach and playing in our Tackers Optimist boats both on the beach and in the water.

These sessions are an introduction to the Tackers program which is open for children aged from 7 to 12 years of age.

All equipment is provided and the students will be looked after by our qualified instructors.

The cost is $40 per one hour session, please see below for scheduled courses.

Please note that Little Tackers courses are only scheduled during the December/January school holidays.

Tackers (7 to 12 years old)

This activity based sailing program introduces children to the sport whilst keeping “fun” at the forefront. It is designed for younger children and features games and colour to get the message across. The Tackers program features three levels:

Tackers 1 – Having Fun

Tackers 2 – Tricks and Techniques

dinghy courses2Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast

More information and a short video can be viewed by clicking here

  • For beginners to sailing
  • OziOpti dinghies
  • School Holiday Courses are available for younger children aged 7 to 12, please see below for times and dates
  • Cost: $310 includes:
    • T Shirt, Cap and Water Bottle
    • Tackers certificate
    • Sausage sizzle
    • Australian Sailing Insurance cover
    • Introduction to our regular Sunday morning training sessions and the 'Green Fleet'

    Parents please note; In order to provide the safest environment and maximise skill development for all of our Tackers, the coaches will allocate partners to suit the daily sailing conditions. Therefore your child may not necessarily sail in the same boat as their friend or sibling.

Small Boat Sailing (for teens and adults)

This course takes students through Start Sailing 1 and 2 of the Dinghy sailing scheme. The course is an introduction to sailing dinghies for beginners and provides the students with the skills and safety knowledge to feel comfortable sailing with minimal assistance in light winds and enclosed waters.

  • For beginners to sailing.
  • Optimists, Pacers or Lasers
  • School holiday courses are available for secondary school aged children, please see below for dates and times. Adults courses are scheduled subject to demand.
  • Cost: $260 includes:
    • Australian Sailing Start Sailing logbook
    • Australian Sailing Insurance cover
    • Introduction to our regular Sunday morning training sessions
    • Discount on the nomination fee if subsequently joining the Club as a Full Member or a Family Member




Tuesday 26th September - Friday 29th September 2017 08:30-13:30 Tackers 1 & 2 Please click HERE
Monday 2nd October - Friday 6th October 2017 08:30-12:30 Tackers 1 & 2 Please click HERE
TACKERS 3 (note Tackers 1 & 2 prerequisite)
Monday 2nd October - Friday 6th October 2017 1:00-5:00 Start Sailing 1 and 2 Please click HERE
Please contact Chris on 9389 1555

*Please note that Tackers courses are for children aged between 7 to 12 years only. Start Sailing Courses are for children and adults aged from 8 years, however are more suited to high school aged children (12+). Adult courses are run throughout the year and will be marked as such.

RPYC can not be held accountable for any missed sessions by students. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are free for that time frame. If courses do not fit your schedule, please discuss with us and see if an arrangement can be found.

Seven (7) business days cancellation notice is required, all courses are non- refundable.

Our Address

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Royal Perth Yacht Club
Australia II Drive, Crawley
Western Australia
Ph: +61 8 9389 1555

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Fremantle Annexe
Mews Road, Fremantle
Western Australia
(Opposite Kailis Brothers)
Ph: +61 8 9430 4590
Fax: +61 8 9430 4567

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