Club Coach

Australian Sailing Club Coach course has been developed to build upon the Instructor Course knowledge and caters for those working with Sailors who have learnt the basic skills and want to develop their skills further so that they can enjoy competing in Club and State level events.

Coaches refine and develop skills and knowledge. Coaches do not deliver to a syllabus (Program), rather to the individual needs of those being coached.

The Club Coach Course is accredited onto the NCAS framework. National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) is an initiative of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). The NCAS is a progressive coach education program offering courses at various levels. Coaches who are accredited through the NCAS are recognised by national and state sporting organisations and the ASC. Increasing numbers of clubs and organisations require coaches to be NCAS accredited for employment. As standards for safety and ethical behaviour within coaching improve, it is even more important that coaches are trained and accredited.


To attend the Club Coach Course participants must:

  • be competent Sailors and Powerboat drivers. This will be assessed through the course, but as a minimum participants must hold the Safety Boat Operator Certificate.
  • hold a current Australian Sailing Instructor Qualification or have completed the ASC Beginning Coaching Principles.

Course Overview

At the end of the Course the Coach should be able to:

  • coach basic boat handling skills
  • develop and review session plans to cater for club group or squad
  • assist sailors to develop their physical capacities to meet the needs of their role in the boat
  • demonstrate and teach sailors basic tactics and strategies involved in racing and
  • devise activities that will allow participants to make decisions on various situations instruct sailors in appropriate rules for competition

Delivery of the Training Course will be conducted via face to face delivery and further development of the trainee's skills will be through working with a mentor. Training will be delivered in some cases over a weekend intensively and in others through several shorter sessions. This can be adapted to suit the audience. Delivery in remote areas will be primarily through the mentor system, with the coach attending workshops as deemed necessary by their mentor.

Club Coach RPL Policy

Candidates may apply for exemption from all or sections of the course. Applications for exemption must be submitted using the application form attached. Each application will be considered by the State Association.

Club Coach Revalidation Policy

In order to maintain their accreditation, coaches must undertake to develop their skills over a four-year period. Coaches must undertake specific activities and chose from other activities. If a coach should fail to meet the update criteria, they must apply to their State Association to be reinstated.