Course Outline

Take to the waters of beautiful Sydney Harbour and learn all the fundamental principles of sailing. Learn how to prepare a yacht for sailing, understanding the wind & weather, manoeuvring, rules of the road, knots and basic navigation.

International Yacht Traning (IYT)* logbooks are included in the course fee and your 12 hours on the water are recorded. Participants are invited to earn another 8 hours for their logbooks by participaing in a Sydney by Sail race day. These are held on the third Saturday of each month.

Two complimentary three-hour social races, conducted on the third Saturday of each month are also included. All students are entitled to discounts on further sailing courses, charters and packages.

Ideal for...

Absolute beginners to those with previous experience. Anyone who wants formal training and logbooks recorded.



  • Introduction – Explanation of the training syllabus and system of training modules
  • Safety Briefing – Safety precautions – Introduction to use and location of life jackets, flares, liferaft, first aid kit, fire extinguishers, safety harnesses
  • Location and use of: heads, bilge pumps, water pumps (manual and pressurised), cooker and propane gas, battery selector switch, cabin lights, general housekeeping rules
  • Suitable clothing/footwear, effects of heat and cold
  • Seasickness
  • Dos and don’ts aboard a yacht
  • Passage Planning – Briefing about passage, to include chart, effect of tides/currents, weather forecasts, courses, safe passage
  • Look out and things to watch for
  • Keeping track of progress


  • Rope Work – Coiling a line, securing to a cleat
  • Tie the following knots – round turn and two half hitches, clove hitch, figure of eight stopper knot
  • Safe use of winches
  • Short Passage – Sail – Handling sails and halyards, hoisting and lowering sails. Winches, boom and associated dangers
  • Understands the commands for tacking and gybing
  • Slipping and coming alongside, Anchor, Man overboard
  • Securing for sea, lookout duties, steering and general duties

What to bring

  • Please wear warm comfortable clothing and non-marked footwear
  • Packed Lunch
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen

About Sydney By Sail and International Yacht Training Worldwide (IYT)

*Sydney By Sail is fully accredited with International Yacht Training Worldwide (IYT) and is exclusive provider of IYT courses on Sydney Harbour.

About IYT: IYT Worldwide was started in 2002 to standardise yacht training across the globe. IYT Worldwide offers an entire range of recreational courses from entry level sailing up to International Bareboat Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore. No other organisation offers such a diverse range of nautical training or is as internationally accepted as IYT Worldwide. There are more sailing schools in more countries teaching IYT courses than any other type of training.

Other information

All courses need a minimum number of students to run. If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed. For your convenience information about class cancellations or changes are made initially via email and SMS, please ensure these details are correct.

This course has no current classes. Please to be notified of vacancies and similar courses.