Learn to sail. Build confidence on and off the water!

Our kids sailing courses teach so much more than just how to sail. It helps to plan for the unexpected, builds confidence on, in and off water. It encourages and promotes teamwork, even when sailing on their own. And it opens up a whole community of like minded people that are love the water and are keen to share their passion.

Term Time Kids Sailing Courses

Term time classes run on the same day every week, for 2 hours 15 minutes. In each session, we aim to gradually build your child’s confidence by following a set syllabus of skills for each level.

kids sailing courses

Level 1

This program is for children who have sailed a little or not at all and covers all the basics on wind awareness, how to sail in a straight line (harder than it sounds), how to sail a figure of 8 course and what to do in the event of a capsize.

  • Cost is $485 per child on weekdays and $505 at the weekends

  • Level 1 classes are available in term 4 and term 1 on Monday or Wednesday after school 4-6.15pm, Saturday or Sunday 8am-10.15..

  • Active Kids Vouchers Accepted

  • If you have missed the first week or 2, we can arrange a catch up

  • School gate pickup from several local schools available – get in touch

Level 2

This program is for children who have completed the Level 1 course, know the basics and want to improve their sailing skills. In level 2 they will start out in an Optimist and move onto an O’PEN Skiff when ready. They will learn how to handle a more tricky boat single on their own, about the 5 points of sail, how to come alongside and how to sail a triangle course well.

  • Cost is $565 per child on weekdays and $585 at the weekends

  • Level 2 classes are available in term 4 and term 1 on Monday or Wednesday after school 4-6.15pm, Saturday or Sunday 8am-10.15..

  • Active Kids Vouchers Accepted

  • If you have missed the first week or 2, we can arrange a catch up

  • School gate pickup from Manly Village Public School – get in touch

Kids Sailing courses

Level 3

This program is for children who have completed Level 1 and Level 2 courses and would like to advance their boat handling skills. By the end of level 3 they should be able to sail in and out from the deck, be able to apply the 5 essentials, and have an understanding of race rules and to have competed in some fun practice races.

  • Cost is $565 per child on weekdays and $585 at the weekends

  • Level 3 classes are available in term 4 and term 1, Wednesday 4pm-6.15pm, Saturday or Sunday 8am-10.15am

  • Active Kids Vouchers Accepted

  • If you have missed the first week or 2, we can arrange a catch up

  • School gate pickup from Manly Village Public School – get in touch

Keelboat Course

For those that have already have lots of experience in dinghies or perhaps are too big and have outgrown dinghies, we run youth classes on our 24ft keelboats. No experience required, this course will cover all the key elements of theory and practical to sail a small keelboat, introduce you to racing and when ready, spinnaker sailing and competing against each other in one design match races.

  • Cost is $600 per child

  • Available on Tuesdays 4.30pm-6.45pm, and Saturdays 11am-1.15pm

  • Active Kids Vouchers Accepted

  • If you have missed the first week or 2, we can arrange a catch up

  • For ages 11+

  • Opportunity to be selected for our race nights

Manly Sailing Cup

Manly Sailing Cup

For those that are in level 3, or who have completed level 3, we run a fun midweek social race to help the sailors get more practice and advance their boat handling skills. The Manly Sailing Cup consists of ~3 races each session followed by a sausage sizzle and prize giving on the deck (parents welcome to join).

Cost is $355 per child, or $255 if purchased alongside a Level 3 course. Active Kids vouchers can be used.

Manly Sailing Cup is Thursday after school, 4-6.15pm.

Don’t worry if you have missed the 1st week or 2, don’t worry we can do a catch up. Please call the office to chat.

Good to know 

  • Duration: 8 week programs with sessions that are 2hrs and 15mins

  • Days/Times: Courses run after school during the week and in the mornings at the weekends. Days/time vary by level (more information on booking screen)

  • Boats: Level 1 / 1.5 sailors sail in Optimist, generally with helm & crew member in the boat. Once their skills improve, they move onto sailing single handedly in an O’pen Skiff.

  • Age: For sailing, we accept children 7+ (sometimes a little younger if they are extremely water confident/have experience with parents sailing). For the keelboat programme, we accept ages 11+. For children over 13, the keelboat programme is most suitable.

  • Active Kids: we are an Active Kids provider. $100 voucher can be applied at the time of booking

  • Makeups: for safety reasons we have limits on class sizes and don’t guarantee swaps/makeups. If given advance notice we can generally accomodate during the course of the term.

  • Weather: to sail well you have to understand both the theory and then to put the theory into practice. Lessons will go ahead in most conditions, but we will take advantage of days with poor weather to cover theory topics & do drills on the deck and to hone our skills.

  • School Pickup: We can arrange pick-up from Manly Village Public School, get in touch for more info

Active Kids Provider

Parents, guardians and carers of school children can apply for a $100 voucher to use for sport and fitness costs from the NSW Government. More information can be found here.

Want to sail in the holidays?

Holiday camps are a great way to try sailing or other water sports for the first time or to get some extra time on the water and up-skill.