Start Sailing – Adult & Teenage

Dinghy Program

“Learn to Sail  a Dinghy “

Sailing a dinghy can be fun and exhilarating and this program has been developed to provide a safe introduction to dinghy sailing. If you would like to learn to sail, this is the place to start.
The Program Sailing a Dinghy It is designed to teach participants how to sail, starting with the essential skill. More advanced skills and techniques are gradually introduced as students progress through the syllabus, so that by the end they will be ready to sail your own dinghy on your own voyage of discovery. While it is not essential to start at the beginning, it will be harder to master the more advanced skills if students are not familiar with the basics.

Start Sailing – Dinghy 1 & 2 is intended to provide an introduction to sailing for people who have not previously sailed or need a refresher course. It is open to teenagers 13 years and older and adults providing the training they need to become competent sailors with the aim of progressing to competitive club sailing.

Course Syllabus:

Equipment overview and selection, sailing terminology, rigging the boat, boat launch and recovery, capsize recovery, sail triangular course, basic sailing rules and theory 

Start Sailing – Dinghy 2:

Your Discover Sailing journey continues as you master all of the fundamental dinghy sailing skills. You are now equipped to sail your dinghy on your own voyages of discovery



The courses will be held at Elwood Sailing Club, Foreshore, Elwood, off Ormond Esplanade. (Melways ref 67B4). A Council-controlled car park is adjacent and meter fees are payable (please bring plenty of coins).

What to Wear

Weather conditions may vary from cold to hot, so students should therefore bring:
Bathers, Towel & Wetsuit (if available) or Thermal underclothes
Shorts (also good over wetsuit for protection)
Polyester or lycra shirts and tops recommended (not cotton)
Windcheater jacket
Old sneakers / wetsuit boots
Sun hat / sunglasses / sunscreen


Total cost is $395 for a 5 week course with a free make up day if any time is missed.

Members and family of members will receive a 33% discount please email to arrange discount.

Further Information

Bookings and enquiries may be made to the ESC Training Manager on
03 9531 4743 or via email to