Kids sailing is serious fun!

Sailing is a wonderful way to get children out in the fresh air and learning a new skill. It’s also a sport that provides an amazing opportunity for school children to find balance, reconnect with nature, and stay active.

Sailing helps build a good work ethic in children, as it is physically and mentally challenging. It’s a perfect bonding experience: we love watching the conversation and laughter flowing as the children encourage and support each other. It’s also great for instilling a sense of adventure and creativity.

Our children’s courses are designed to provide a fun, safe and enjoyable introduction to small boat sailing. We teach them fundamental boat handling skills and essential knowledge, building their confidence and awareness, all under the guidance of our experienced instructors.

Junior Term Time Programs

ages 7-13

Our Junior Sailing Courses take children age of 7 and up, from the beginning in their journey in an Optimist and onto beginner O’pen Skiff where they will be able to confidently handle a small boat on their own. Courses run on multiple days each week.

Youth Term Time Programs

ages 11+

There are lots of options for older children, even if they are new to sailing. Our Youth Sailing Courses have options for starting in O’pen Skiffs, or keelboat courses.

Mini Term Program

ages 7+

We run a 4-week program on Saturdays or Sundays in the spring and autumn, for kids who have already completed a school term or holiday camp. The classes will be with mixed ages and skill levels – and is an opportunity to keep their skills fresh.

What happens after the course is finished?

So many options for you! Join Manly Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program for advanced O’pen Skiff sailing, join Manly Sailing’s keelboat program and put your skills to use on a larger boat, or do both and maximise your time on the water!

The Manly Yacht Club Junior program runs regular weekend training and racing opportunities with qualified instructors. More information can be found at

Kids Sailing & Adventure Holiday Camps

Holiday camps northern beaches

Get out of the house and out in the fresh air. Join a holiday camp and sail, try your hand at windsurfing, or see if you can win a game of kayak football or two.