Keelboat Program

The National Keelboat Program is an exciting development for sailing in Australia. It provides a fun and accessible entry into sailing and gives participants further opportunity to improve and develop sailing skills and techniques.

The courses will equip you with the essentials required to safely sail a small boat without the fear of capsizing or getting wet! As your skills progress, you will also develop an understanding of each person's role and how teamwork plays a major part of being an effective crew.

You should come away with the knowledge and confidence to sail a small boat competently and for those that wish, you can progress to larger yachts or participate as crew on a racing yacht.

Discover Sailing Experience

A Discover Sailing Experience is an approximate three-hour sailing experience at an accredited Discover Sailing Centre, without the technical detail of a course, for families, friends, or work colleagues. Having the chance to use the Centre’s social facilities is as much a part of the experience as is getting out on the water. 

Click here to find a Keelboat Experience

Keelboat Courses

There are five different courses of the keelboat program on the Sailing Pathway. Click on any of the courses to find out more:

Step 1 Find a Start Crewing Course The first step on the Keelboat pathway introduces you to the basics of sailing on a small boat, including boat handling, safety and sailing theory.
Find a Start Helming Course This course develops both your theory and practical skills to confidently take control on the helm.
Step 2 Find a Start Skippering Course You will now advance your sailing skills and safety knowledge to enable you to skipper unsupervised in sheltered waters.
Step 3 Find a Spinnakers Course This course introduces you to the fun and challenge of using asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers.
Find a Start Racing Course You will now learn the basic racing rules, skills and tactics and gain an understanding of what is expected of a racing crew on a small boat.

Keelboat Instructors

If you have completed the Keelboat courses, you may interested in becoming an Australian Sailing Keelboat Instructor: