Does a lesson get cancelled when it’s raining?
No. Rain isn’t going to stop us. AusSea Sailing School will cancel a session if there is more than 25 knots of wind or no wind at all.
What happens if I need to cancel a lesson?
If you cancel more than 24 hours beforehand, we’ll reschedule your lesson at no extra charge. If you cancel within 24 hours we will charge a rescheduling fee of $40, which covers our costs for cancelling an instructor.
What do I need to bring?
Make sure you bring a hat, sun screen and some water and please wear shoes with white (soft) soles. If rain is forecast, please bring a spray jacket. Check out our website or Facebook page for the weather forecast and to see if a lesson has been cancelled due to strong winds.
Where can I find AusSea Sailing School?
AusSea Sailing School is based in Kogarah Bay at the Botany Bay Yacht Club (BBYC). The address is 44 Endeavour Street, Sans Souci.
Where do we sail?
AusSea Sailing School teaches on Kogarah Bay and Botany Bay – we believe the best waters to learn how to sail in Sydney. Unlike Sydney Harbour, Botany Bay is very safe and we usually enjoy stronger winds as well. Botany Bay isn’t as choppy and busy as Sydney Harbour nor as exposed as Port Hacking and Cronulla.
What time do the sessions start and finish?
The first session starts at 9.30 am and the second one starts at 1.00 pm on all weekdays and in the weekends. The lessons run for three hours. During the summer season we also have a twilight session during the weekends, which runs from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Please make sure to be at the sailing school five minutes before the start of your lesson.
What type of yachts does AusSea Sailing School use?
For our IYT Inshore Skipper pathway we’ll take you out in one of our J24’s, the most popular keel race yacht in the world. A J24 is ideal for training purposes, because they are stable and safe, yet very responsive and fun to sail. For our racing courses we use J24’s and S111. We also use Renegade, the S111, for the IYT Coastal Skipper Course and the IYT International Bareboat Skipper Course.
What is the maximum number of students on the boat?
AusSea Sailing School likes to keep the groups small, so every student gets plenty of time on the helm, trim and lots of attention. Four students and one instructor is usually the maximum. This will give everyone plenty of time to practice.
Is it hard to find a crewing position on one of the yachts at sailing clubs?
Once you’ve finished the Inshore Skipper Level and the J24 Spinnaker Course you’ll be a popular crew member. Talk to the instructor or our Principal if you would like to crew on one of the yachts at a local club, we’ll help you to find a suitable yacht or sportsboat to race on and get you in contact with the skipper.
Is it possible to keep on sailing with AusSea Sailing School after the courses?
Sure you can. A lot of our students join us for J24 Regattas at State and National level, which is a fun and competitive way to learn more about racing and to get your speed and skills up. Another way to keep sailing is to charter one of our J24’s at a regular basis, so you can keep improving your skills as skipper.
Do I need a licence to sail?
No, you don’t. Australian Sailing (AS) and AS affiliated sailing schools will tell you that you need all kinds of licences (Competent Crew, Day Skipper etc.), but that’s not true. The only valuable certificate for the recreational sailor is the International Certificate of Competency (ICC) which enables the holder to charter a yacht up to 24 meters in most parts of the world. This is the final goal for the majority of our students, as it ticks all the boxes of the things you should know as a skipper or crew. We have chosen the IYT Worldwide program. Why? It’s the most internationally accredited global leader in yacht training.