National Sailing Participation Census 2017

Australian Sailing is calling on all Clubs and Class Associations to take part in an important initiative, the second National Participation Census. The aim of the Census is to incorporate not just club membership numbers, but also the major area of regatta and event participation, as well as social, corporate and community sailing to provide a clearer picture of the overall total.

Australian Sailing undertook the first participation census for the sport of sailing in late 2015 which revealed there were 239,000 participants in sailing of which 122,000 are regular participants and 10,000 active volunteers and support personnel. This information was critical in moving Sailing to a higher category for Australian Sports Commission funding.

Ongoing updating and improvement of the Census is critical and will enable Australian Sailing to continue to:

  • Plan for the changing dynamics of the population;
  • Develop strategies to compete with other sports;
  • Support planning and resource allocation for services to Club and Classes;
  • Attract funding and support from Governments and other organisations
  • Provide clubs and classes with the data to assist in their own planning

All affiliated member Clubs and Class Associations around Australia, as well as schools with sailing programs, are being asked to participate in the Census by completing a short survey form on the characteristics of participants in sailing and related disciplines; as well as their estimates of the number of participants involved in social, corporate, community based sailing and recognised programs and events.

The Census process is again being supported by Street Ryan and Associates who have extensive experience in managing censuses for high profile sports over more than two decades including the AFL, Cricket Australia, Australian Rugby Union and Bowls Australia.

The survey link has been sent to Clubs and Class Associations to be completed and returned to Street Ryan by Friday 17 February 2017.


The Participation Census is focused entirely on measuring the scale and distribution of the sport, to support planning, resource allocation, and the attraction of funding from government or other potential sponsors. Please note that individual Club or Class Association information will not be used to determine any fees or charges.

A copy of the 2015 census results was distributed to clubs in March 2016 and a copy can be accessed here.