23 Marieville Esp, Sandy Bay TAS 7005  03 6223 1977

RYA Start Yachting Course

Are you interested in learning how to sail?   

The Derwent Sailing Squadron (DSS) runs a two-day introduction to sailing course for complete beginners. By the end of the course, you will have gained experience in steering a yacht, sail handling, rope-work and be aware of safety on board.

Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the Competent Crew course in a reduced time of an additional three days.

The cost is $420 per person.


This course assumes that you have no prior knowledge of sailing.


This course covers basics of the yacht, rope-work, getting underway, rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing and equipment, emergency equipment and precautions, and meteorology.


To gain the RYA Start Yachting certificate requires attending a 2-day course, which is normally run over a weekend. This course can also be run on demand for groups of 3-4 students on weekdays and weekends.


You will need to bring warm clothing, thermals, spray jacket, nonmarking shoes, sailing gloves, hat, beanie and sunblock. An inflatable PFD yoke and harness is provided.

Find out more

For more information about this course please contact the DSS Office;
Phone 03 6223 1977 | email sailtrain@dssinc.org.au


Click HERE for full list of course dates and enrolment.

If you have any questions, please contact the DSS on 62231977 or the Sailing Operations Manager 0417 121 575

Derwent Sailing Squadron members please login to your mySailor HERE before registering then enter the discount code DSSMEMBER to receive a 10% discount.

If you are interested in a course and no suitable dates are listed, why not tell us what you are interested in by completing the SailTrain Expression of Interest form. We will contact you to discuss your requirements further.



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