Learn to Sail

Discover Sailing Training Centre

The Geographe Bay Yacht Club is a Discover Sailing Centre, accredited by Australian Sailing to deliver Learn to Sail training courses, through qualified Australian Sailing instructors.

The Club adheres to standards that ensure safety and customer satisfaction, in order to attain and retain this status. Only Centres accredited to do so, can display and promote the Discover Sailing brand as they have the services, systems and standards in place to uphold the brand “Discover Sailing”.

The major benefits of learning to sail at an accredited Discover Sailing Centre are:

Training Courses delivered by qualified Instructors. 
Nationally recognised Courses. 
Fulfilment of community and customer expectations. 
Fulfilment of Duty of Care. 
Unambiguous insurance cover.


Tackers is a fun introductory, games-based sailing course designed for kids aged 7-12 yrs, delivered at recognised Tackers Centres. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience or club membership to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided.
The Tackers courses are delivered in small groups by an Australian Sailing qualified Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

Teenagers and Adults

Dinghies are small sailing boats and a great way to get into sailing. Dinghies are ideal for teenagers and adults of all ages to learn the basics of sailing and racing. Sailing a dinghy can be fun and exhilarating and these courses have been developed to provide a safe introduction to dinghy sailing.


Current Courses

Get ready to hoist the sails and dive into the thrilling world of sailing with the Learn to Sail program at GBYC!

Commencing on February 3rd, this comprehensive seven-week program offers a variety of courses catering to different age groups and skill levels, ensuring an exciting learning journey for everyone interested in mastering the art of sailing.

(NB: You must register/Sign Up ALL PARTICIPANTS for an Australian Sailing Number to do this course - it is free.  This will give you free insurance to do the course)

Click here for information on how to Signup for an Australian Sailing Number

Courses Offered:

Tackers 1 (Ages 7-12): Perfect for young enthusiasts eager to grasp the basics of sailing. This course serves as an ideal starting point for budding sailors, covering fundamental skills and knowledge.

Register for Tackers 1

Tackers 2 (Continuation from Tackers 1): Designed for those who have completed Tackers 1 and are ready to advance their sailing prowess. Dive deeper into the world of sailing and enhance your skills further.

Enroll in Tackers 2

Learn to Sail Adults and Older Teens 1: An introductory course aimed at teaching the basics of sailing to adults and older teens. Whether you're a complete beginner or seeking to refresh your skills, this course is tailored for you.

Sign up for Adults and Older Teens 1

Learn to Sail Adults and Older Teens 2 (Progression from the first course): For those who have completed the initial course and are eager to take their sailing expertise to the next level. Progress and refine your skills under expert guidance.

 Progress with Adults and Older Teens 2

Each course is meticulously crafted to provide a comprehensive understanding of sailing, safety protocols, and practical skills, ensuring an enriching experience on the water.

The Learn to Sail program is a fantastic opportunity to embrace the beauty of sailing while learning from experienced instructors in a supportive and engaging environment.

Ready to set sail? Secure your spot now by visiting our website and enrolling in the course that best suits your sailing aspirations!

Join us on this exciting journey into the world of sailing and let the winds guide you to new horizons!


We are a KidsSport Club.

Click here for more information and how to apply for a Voucher to pay for Learn to Sail fees.


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