Experience the sport of sailing at Abbotsford 12 ' Flying Squadron. The club offers opportunities to learn sailing:
- Try Sailing Day
- Learn to Sail course
- Ongoing training and supervision
- (Young) Adult Learn to Sail CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE
Learn to Sail is kindly supported by Club Five Dock and Canada Bay Club via CDSE category II funding
Club training Optimists kindly provided by the Boating Industry Association and Yachting NSW,
Children need to be prepared to get wet! Board shorts and rash shirts are ideal, light spray jackets for colder days, or wear thermals. Sunscreen and a hat (preferably with a toggle or a string to prevent it blowing away) are required. Some sort of footwear that can get wet such as low-cost wet shoes (available from places like K-Mart) or soft soled joggers are advisable as the river bottom near the beach is very rocky.
Children need to be able to swim and must be confident in deep water however PFDs (Life-jackets) will be provided by the club.
|Dates||First Sunday in November
|Duration||A one off session. 10 am to 2 pm
|Requirements||You will be given the opportunity to try your hand at various boats under instruction from club sailing members. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18.|
|Contact|| Club contact:
Please register for participation at the Try Sailing website
Please register at the Try Sailing website
20 October to 8 December (graduation festivities on 15 December)
A second course will likely run between February and April
|Time||9:00 am - 12noon
|Boat||Provided by the club (BIA optimists and Sabots).|
|Costs||$320 which includes free hat and weekly free sausage lunch|
Participants should be able to swim 25m confidently
Participants should be between 8 and 12 years of age
Limited to 10 participants
|Contact||Please register your interest here. The Club will contact you by phone as soon as possible with further information.
This course is limited to 10 participants. The course involves coaching by a Qualified Yachting Australia sailing instructor both on and off the water. Participants will receive a certificate and logbook at the completion of the course. Parents are required to stay while the children do the sailing course and are encouraged to participate in the training by helping to rig boats (parents get to learn too!) and by helping to get boats and children in and out of the water. Parents can watch their children sail and sit back with a coffee on the clubhouse verandah.
For interested young sailors who have completed Learn to Sail and Learn to Race courses at Abbotsford or elsewhere, the club can assist in ongoing training to prepare sailors for club and further racing. Participants will be expected to own or lease a boat. Club members of all ages are encouraged and supported by the club to attend Class Association training and regattas.
All training provided by the club has suitable levels of on water supervision and support for children sailing.
Regrettably we will not run a 2nd Adult Learn to Sail Program this season. We apologise for the inconvenience
There is currently no Adult Learn To Sail available
Abbotsford 12 Ft Squadron in some years runs a small training program for adults (~15 years and older), specifically aimed at those interested in becoming active in the sport of dinghy sailing and the club. Each year we offer a limited number of places for training under a professional instructor. This will involve instruction on our Pacers and ongoing support throughout the first year to make you confident to start racing in the second year.
|Time||1 pm - 4:00 pm (roughly)|
|Duration||8 Saturday afternoons
|Boat||Club boats provided (Pacers)
No experience required. Just the basic requirements above. Participants are expected to learn how to rig boats. Participants should wear swimwear or clothes that can get wet or a wetsuit. Bring sunscreen and hats