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Yachting Australia is the national peak body for the sport of sailing with six State and two Territory associations as members. Yachting Australia and its member associations have over 350 member clubs with more than 50,000 registered sailing members and an estimated further 50,000 regular participants. The peak bodies play a vital role in managing and developing the sport, both today and into the future.

The Yachting Australia training department is dedicated to creating, reviewing and updating National Training Schemes and the materials that supplement them. It develops and manages of a series of National Training and Certificate Programs for all activities, including windsurfing, small boat and yacht sailing and power boating.

Yachting Australia delivers training; conduct assessments and issue nationally recognized certification for approved units of competence and is a Registered Training Organization (RTO). The qualifications have a broad appeal as they are recognized all over the world.

Training Programs

National Keelboat Scheme

  • Keelboat Crew (12 hours): Introductory boat handling, safety and sailing theory.
  • Keelboat Helm (12 hours): Intermediate level boat handling, sailing and safety theory.
  • Keelboat Spinnaker (12 hours): All aspects of handling and trimming symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers.
  • Keelboat Racing (12 hours): Skills and knowledge to be a competent member of a crew on a racing yacht.
  • Keelboat Seamanship (12 hours): Take charge of a keelboat in familiar sheltered waters.

National Powerboat Scheme

  • Recreational Powerboat Operator: This course is aimed at people with a desire to own and/or be in charge of a recreational powerboat. The course is based on competencies which map against the National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) National Competencies.
  • Powerboat Handling Certificate: This course is aimed at people with a desire to own and/or be in charge of a recreational powerboat. The course covers the content of the Recreational Powerboat Operator Certificate, with added competencies drawn from the Sport and Recreation Training Australia Industry Training Advisory Board (SRTA ITAB).
  • Safety Boat Handling Certificate: This course is aimed at people with a desire to be in charge of a safety boat, particularly those who wish to assist their clubs or associations with the control and support of racing programs and other training courses. The components of the course have been designed to develop the participant’s knowledge and skills, and to apply this competently in actual boating activities.

National Small Boat Sailing Scheme

  • Basic Skills 1: The course includes an introduction to fundamental boat handling skills and essential knowledge that will allow participants the freedom of sailing small boats with guidance from the Instructor or Coach.
  • Basic Skills 2: This course is designed to consolidate the experiences and knowledge gained in the Basic Skills 1 course and to introduce skills and knowledge that will enable the successful participant to safely and competently sail a small boat in controlled conditions (light winds, enclosed waters) without guidance.
  • Better Sailing: This course is designed to equip the sailor with enhanced skills and awareness of the surrounding environment. It builds on the skills and knowledge gained in the Basic Skills 2 course and will enable you to maneuver the boat efficiently in light to moderate conditions on all points of sailing.
  • Racing Skills 1: The aim of this course is to introduce sailors to competitive sailing. The course focuses on refining enhanced boat handling skills including speed control and maneuvers and introducing participants to basic racing tactics and strategies.
  • Racing Skills 2: This course introduces sailors to the compass and also to the concept of 'tuning'.

This is an archived page - Please check Sailing Australia page for further details

LAST UPDATED ON May 20, 2018

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