Dinghy Courses

“Learn to Sail and Race a Dinghy ”
This program has been developed to provide a safe introduction to dinghy sailing for teenagers and adults. It starts with the fundamental skills of sailing for complete beginners and progresses through the levels teaching more advanced skills and techniques. The goal of the 4 level program is to give you the experience and education to compete in the club’s weekly racing or enjoy being out on the water without the need of an instructor. 

Dinghy Courses
There are 4 progressive levels within the Dinghy Program.

Once you have completed level 2 you have the option of joining the Pacer Green Fleet, a weekly training group designed to further advance your skills on a consistent basis until you are ready to transition into one of our club fleets and start club racing. It is common for students to join the Green Fleet and then complete level 3 if they want to do additional training in a consolidated time frame or learn more racing specific skills. South of Perth Yacht Club uses the Pacer dinghy to run the courses.

Level 1 Start Sailing 1 & 2 (20 Hr Course)
Here you will learn the fundamental skills of sailing and are introduced to the fun of dinghy sailing in a safe and supportive environment. You will learn how to rig and de-rig the boat, launch and sailing back to the beach, capsizing, sailing in a straight line and tacking the boat to change direction.

Level 2 Better Sailing (12 Hr Course)
Discover Sailing in stronger winds as you develop the skills required to get maximum speed from your dinghy. You will further your boat handling skills and understanding of the roles in the boat.

Level 3 Start Racing & Better Sailing 20 hr Course
This racing courses introduces you to the competitive side of sailing as you learn the basicsof racing. You will be taught how to improve your performance and compete at a higher level focusing on understanding tactics, wind patterns and boat tuning techniques.

Level 4 Pacer Green Fleet
Weekly training group, Sunday morning 09:00 – 12:00.


Course Dates
To enrol, follow the link on your preferred course date.

START SAILING 1 & 2 : $350
Saturday Courses: This course is run over 5 Saturdays from 0830 – 1230 on the following dates:
28 October, 4, 11, 18,and 25 November

Summer Holidays: 2017/18
Monday 18 December to Friday 22 December, 0830-1230

Saturday Courses: This course is run over 3 Saturdays from 0830 – 1230 on the following dates:
26 August, 2 and 9 September

Summer Holidays: 2017/18
Monday 15 January to Wednesday 17 January, 0830 – 1230

Saturday Courses:
This course is run over 5 Saturdays from 0830 – 1230 on the following dates:
16, 23 and 30 September, 7 and 14 October

The objective of the Green Fleet is to create a training environment using club owned boats for people who have learnt to sail and would like to continue to develop their skills until they are confident to join a club fleet and participate in club racing or be able to sail a boat without the need of an instructor.The training is on a Sunday morning from 0900 to 1200. It is a weekly training session running from August to May. There is a break in the winter over June and July. There is also no training over long weekends and a break over the Christmas break. To view the monthly schedule you can download the training calendar. 

To enrol in the Pacer Green Fleet you need to join the club as a member and complete the Pacer Green Fleet Registration form below. There is a training fee of $300.00 from August to May and your payment is worked out using a pro rata system depending on the month you join the group.

Club Membership Information You can join under any preferred membership category with the exception of Associate, Social or Scout. A cost effective option is to join as a junior if you are under 18 or as an Introductory Crew member as an adult. 

Pacer Green Fleet Registration Form

If you would like any more information, please contact the head coach, Tessa Parkinson headcoach@sopyc.com.au
0417 943 340