Junior Sailing School

Parents writing about our 2017/18 courses: 

“What lucky kids they are to have such an introduction to sailing!” 

“And kudos the great young instructors. All apprehensions quickly faded away. Stellar job there!”

Thanks again. So happy that you have managed to get my kids hooked on sailing.

“I have a child with ADHD and Autism. He is apprehensive about trying new things with people he doesn’t know. 2 days in…I am picking up a happy boy who is loving the course! A testament to everyone involved, from Andy to the wonderful instructors. I am hoping his love of sailing will continue for years. My husband and I are so happy. Thank you for this great program.”

We are very proud of his sailing improvement. He is very excited to sail now which is great. A big “thank you” to you and your coaches.

My daughter has really enjoyed her introduction to sailing and is very keen to continue sailing.

I think the sailing bug has well and truly bitten!

She was buzzing when I picked her up on Sunday. Kept talking about how much fun she had! I’m sure she learnt something too, but it was so much fun! So glad you put this course on.

Save on sailing courses!

NSC is now a registered Active Kids provider, and Active Kids vouchers can now be used for NSC courses. This gives you a $100 effective subsidy.

To obtain a voucher, click here! You’ll need a MyService account and your Medicare card.

The 2017/18 NSC Sailing courses 

The 2017/18 Learn-to-Sail programme consists of three intakes, the first of 30 kids sailing in the club Optimist and Pacer dinghies, starting with an intensive all-week course during the September school holidays, the second of 24 kids over 5 Sundays in the club Optimists and Pacers, in November/December, and the third an intensive 5-day course in the April school holidays, all taught by teenage/young adult instructors.


The Spring “intensive” intake commences their Level 1 course on Monday 25th September through Friday 29th September (8:30am to 5pm) and then progresses (after the October long weekend) to the Level 2 course held over 5 Sunday mornings from 8th October through 5th November, with the Level 3 Junior Sailing course and Green Fleet the remaining Sunday mornings of the season (to 22nd April 2018) – graduating to sailing independence!

The Summer “relaxed” intake Level 1 course is held on 5 consecutive Sunday mornings (8:30am-11:30am) starting 12th November through 10th December; and then immediately progresses to the Level 2 course held over 5 Sunday mornings: 17th December 2017, 7th, 21st and 28th January 2018 and 4th February 2018; with the Level 3 Junior Sailing course and Green Fleet the remaining Sunday mornings of the season (to 22nd April 2018).

The Autumn “intensive” intake commences their Level 1 course on Monday April 16th 2018 through Friday April 20th (8:30am to 5pm). Their Level 2 and Level 3 courses will be held in the 2018/19 sailing season (starting September 2018).

All persons undertaking a course must also hold club membership.

Club membership is currently (including joining fee) $240 for Junior members, $220 for junior siblings, $600 for a family.

Book Spring Intake Courses
Book Summer Intake Courses
Book Autumn Intake Courses
New Junior Member Information Pack

Spring Intake Start Finish   Cost
Level 1 25th September 29th September Daily 8:30am – 5pm  $350
Level 2 8th October 5th November Sunday mornings 8:30-12:30 $300*
Level 3 12th November 10th December Sunday mornings 8:30-12:30 $200*
Green Fleet 17th December   Sunday mornings 8:30-12:30 Incl with Lvl 3
Live In 22nd January 26th January   $375~


Summer Intake Start Finish   Cost
Level 1 12th November 10th December Sunday mornings 8:30-12:30 $220
Level 2 17th December 4th February Sunday mornings 8:30-12:30 $300*
Level 3 11th February 11th March Sunday mornings 8:30-12:30 $150*
Live In^ 22nd January 26th January   $375~
Green Fleet 18th March   Sunday mornings 8:30-12:30 Incl with Lvl 3


Autumn Intake Start Finish   Cost
Level 1 16th April 20th April Daily 8:30am – 5pm $250

* $100 discount when Level 1 and Level 2 courses are booked together, $150 discount when Level 1, 2 and 3 courses are booked together.

~ Second and subsequent siblings $275 each

^ Includes usage of club boats during Live In

In addition, club membership must be taken up and current for all courses (for liability and insurance coverage):

  1 junior 2 juniors Family
Club membership (incl joining fee) $240 $220ea $600

New Member Application Form
Learn to Sail Enrolment

Note that Autumn intake membership covers the following season as well

Sail Enrolment
The training scheme at Northbridge Sailing Club Sailing School provides sailing dinghy training from beginner to racing. Students should be able to swim confidently (without panic), and want to learn to sail (being pushed into it by parents is invariably an unhappy experience for all).

As a voluntary organisation we offer a limited program designed primarily for families interested in sailing as a lifetime sport.

Parents enrolling their children need to be aware a boat will become necessary sooner rather than later (by the start of the Level 3 course).  It doesn’t need to cost a lot and it is a really worthwhile Christmas present; at worst you’ll likely get almost all your money back when the kid is finished with it – the boats hold their resale value quite well. Have a look at our Classes page for boats sailed at NSC, at the boats for sale page, at the club notice-board, and do some web searches.

Our program is in 4 stages:

  1. Level 1 – run using club boats. Kids share a club PE Optimist (or a Pacer for older kids) with one other and the group undertakes confidence building exercises on the water near the club. Participants need to supply their own sailing gear including lifejacket. More advanced participants will start sailing independently by the second or third session. Teenagers tend to grasp the concepts and practical skills more quickly than 8 year olds. This is followed immediately by:
  2. Level 2 – 5 Sunday Mornings immediately following, run using the club PE Optimist and Pacer boats.  Transition to independent sailing.   This course uses a combination of club boats and boats purchased for young sailors by parents who are confident their child will be keen to continue. This is followed immediately by:
  3. Level 3 – 5 Sunday mornings in their own boat. Transition to independent sailing (typically one-up), understanding the effects of wind and waves, improving techniques all the time. By the end, participants will be able to rig their boats by themselves, sail around a course in an orderly fashion, and cope with all common dinghy situations.
  4. Our legendary annual Live-In Camp – 5 Days in January with a structured program of sailing training for all levels of sailor from novice to racing. The majority of club kid sailors and teenagers attend this NSC institution, most wouldn’t miss it for anything.

Graduates then sail on Sunday mornings, starting in the Green (novice) Fleet and eventually into the Open Fleet, all still under the supervision of professional coaches. The emphasis is on improving sailing technique, tuning the boat performance, going faster, and having fun!

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There are three courses this year.

The intensive courses (September and April school holidays) are intended for children aged about 8 – 14.   The first course tends to be over-subscribed and places are generally allocated by age, and to those who indicate they will be available for all components of the program.

The second, smaller course is intended primarily for younger kids, 7 – 10 years old. Taught mornings-only, it is more relaxed, however if these kids also attend the Live In they will rapidly become skilled in sailing.

If you are particularly keen to ensure your child is able to take part in a course please apply early.

Applications open after the club Open Day which is held in the last weekend in August each year.


Fleet coaching is conducted every Sunday morning.   The primary objective is to lift the standard of the new sailors at the back end of the fleet by giving them confidence and skills.

Advanced coaching is organised on a class by class basis.  It includes bringing in professional coaches to provide additional insight into the various classes being sailed at the club.

Zhik – Official Live-in Sponsor



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