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Old 21-09-2011, 01:15   #1
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New to Sailing ; Sailing Lessons / School / Courses Melbourne

Hi All;

I'm a new member here; looking to finally take the plunge and get into sailing. Have done day trips, "intro to sailing" trips and even a day on a trailable with a mate (a few years ago).

Now, my wife and are are looking to formalise some learning and get an idea of how to sail - with a view towards crewing socially and, maybe, eventually, who knows what else?

Doing some research it becomes apparent there are lots of courses to consider. I think I am right in deciding that keel boats are our preference over dinghies so we are left with "introduction to keelboats" at Sandringham / St Kilda / RVYC or an 'introduction to sailing' lesson followed by 'basic skills 1 & 2' somewhere like Docklands Sailing.

Cost is going to work out pretty similar, there seems to be more time in the 'intro to keelboats' course.

I guess what I am wondering about is whether there is a more 'sound' grounding for sailing and whether people have any experience with any of the above options?

I'd love any advice.

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Old 21-09-2011, 02:27   #2
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Re: New to Sailing ; Sailing Lessons / School / Courses Melbourne

I see your are in Australia, but my suggestion would be to find something the includes the prerequisite for certification. You might as well plan your course work to include getting those rather than spending money on something that won't apply to them.

I have been sailing since a kid, but my girlfriend had no experience at all, so we did a full course compliment that included beginner courses that applied towards the US sailing certifications. Was a bit more money, but those certifications really help in the long run, especially when you plan on Chartering.

After a quick search I did find this for you:
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