WHY SHOULD THE KIDS HAVE ALL THE FUN? The Keelboat Program provides a fun and accessible entry into sailing and gives you further opportunity to improve and develop sailing skills and techniques. Whether your interests lie in social sailing, becoming a regular sailor on a racing boat, cruising locally or around the world, these courses will be your starting point. The courses are practical in focus, other than briefing and preparation for the boat handling that you will learn. What might be termed “theory” topics are addressed in the context of learning and using this knowledge on board the yacht. 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. Sailing is a wonderful activity to learn confidence that you can achieve your objectives, become self-reliant, solve your own situations, and most of all, operate in a team. All student sailors are made complimentary crew members of the Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club, until the next 31 March. This includes the sailors’ personal accident insurance cover from Yachting Australia. They also get these Yachting Australia publications: Workbook, Introductory Keelboat Log Book Certificate Yachting Australia personal accident insurance, up to $75,000. The policy details are at: http://www.masterman.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Personal-Injury-Yachting-Australia-Members-Schedule-and-Policy-Wording.pdf
ON THE WATER You need to dress “Sunsmart”: wide-brim hat, sunscreen, long sleeve shirt, long-leg shorts, soft-soled (not black) shoes, wear a jumper or spray jacket appropriate to the weather on the day, and bring a shower bag and change of clothes. The clothes you wear for sailing should not matter if they get wet. You will be provided with an inflatable life jacket and sailing gloves. We do encourage you to get your own gloves, they are about $30 from a boating equipment shop such as BIAS in Claremont, Whitworths in Leederville and Mosman Park, and Yacht Grot in Fremantle.
KEELBOAT COURSES There are five different courses of the Keelboat Program on the Sailing Pathway.
START CREWING 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.
START HELMING This course develops both your theory and practical skills to confidently take control on the helm. The Keelboat Learn to Sail course at Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club includes both the Crewing and Helming courses. The course introduces you to the basics of sailing a small keelboat, including boat handling, safety and theoretical principles of how a sailing boat works. You will rotate through the various roles in operating a sailing boat, including trimming (setting) sails, helming (steering) and rigging and un-rigging the boat. The course will equip you with the essential skills required to safely sail a small boat without the fear of capsizing or getting (very!) wet. As your skills progress, you will also learn the role of each person and how teamwork plays a major part in being an effective sailor.
SPINNAKERS This course introduces you to the fun and challenge of using asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers. You will learn hoisting the sail, gybing and dropping it. Good spinnaker handlers are an asset on every boat. You will need to have completed Step 1, or if you have some good experience as a sailor, attend the assessment session for the Keelboat Crew and Helm qualifications.
START RACING 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. The course introduces you to boat preparation, race starting procedures, upwind sailing tactics, mark roundings, downwind sailing tactics, and the Racing Rules of Sailing.
START SKIPPERING You will now advance your sailing skills and safety knowledge to enable you to skipper unsupervised in sheltered waters. PFSYC has very special plans for this course and qualification. It will be detailed here before the 2014/15 summer season starts.
COURSE FEES Course fees can be paid when you enrol, through the online payment system. If you prefer not to do this, the fees are due at least 7 days prior to the course’ start date. Within 7 days of the course start date, if you are unable to commence the course as booked, you may transfer to another course, but the fees are not refundable.
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