Learning to Sail

ANU Sailing

Learn to Sail Course 


The next course will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of March 2019

Email training.anusc@gmail.com for any enquiries




We have designed this course to welcome you to the wonderful world of sailing. With the guidance of our team of sailing instructors, we will have you feeling confident and safe as you learn the basics of sailing aboard a boat on the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin.

At this course, you will learn to sail, familiarise yourself with the sailing club's facilities, and meet lots of people. No prior sailing experience is required (but you should be able to swim competently). Beginners will start on the club's fleet of Lasers, Tasars and/or Pacers, which are easy to sail, safe and fun. Each session will include practical on-the-water time and some theory.

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, participants can use the ANUSC facilities and have free access to boats for the remaining season. Membership to the ANUSC is included in the course fee. 

 The course will cover the following:

  • Getting to know the boat 

  • Rope work

  • Blocks and tackles 

  • Basic stability

  • Sail theory 

  • Shaping and trimming 

  • Weather and wind

  • Safety 

  • Right of way



The course runs over one weekend. There will be roughly 6 hours on-water and an hour or two of theory at the most.



Alexandrina Dr, Yarralumla ACT 2600 (map)



$120 students ($100 special for students during O week)

$230 non-students

Includes a year's membership to the club. Note that you must be an ANU student or ANU Sport member to become a member of ANUSC and that ANUSC membership is required for and included with the course.  Non-students will have to join ANU Sport which as of 2018 costs $120 per year (additional to the course fee).


How do I sign up?


email training.anusc@gmail.com for details of the next course dates

Enrolling in the course

Step 1: Payment

In order to secure your place you need to pay on the ANU Sport website. Please select the membership option which is relevant to you and includes the beginners course fee.



 Step 2: Email

When you have paid the course fee, you will need to:

  1. Join ANU Sport only if you are not a current ANU student – details of how to join ANU Sport can be found at: http://www.anu-sport.com.au/membership/anu-sport-membership

  2. Download, complete, including signing and initialing where indicated, the ANU Sailing Club Membership/Assumption of Risk form (see Membership Page for the form)

  3. Send an email to training.anusc@gmail.com, CC treasurer.anusc@gmail.com with a scanned copy of the completed signed and initialed form attached and including the following details in the body of the email:

  • Student Number

  • Full Name

  • Best Contact Number

  • Email address

  • Year of Study at ANU (if applicable).


Step 3: Confirmation

Once we have received all this information, you will receive a confirmation email, confirming your place in the course and providing you more information about the course.



Do I need any sailing experience?

No! Our Learning to Sail course caters for the absolute novice.  However, you should be able to swim and tread water in the event that you have to wait for assistance after a capsize.

What is included in the price?

All courses include ANUSC membership, tuition by our team of instructors, life jackets, sailing theory, and most importantly great fun!

How can I continue to learn?

Past students who have completed the course can join us for social and competitive sailing races or help assist our future sailing courses. We also occasionally run intermediate courses which is a great way to improve your skills – keep tuned for the next course.

Do you still go sailing in bad weather?

Courses will be rescheduled based on excessive rain and wind strength, storm warnings, and other abnormal conditions. We will email out updates on any changes to the days and times. 

What do I bring?

Bring along clothing that you can get wet in, a wetsuit is ideal but not essential given the ambient temperature. Anything that will stay warm when wet (cotton gets very cold, wool and synthetics are better). An old pair of shoes normally comes in handy. There is a full shower facility at the club so bring a change of gear and a towel. The club supplies lifejackets and these must be worn at all times on the water.

Where do we sail?

Location of the entire course will be the ANU Sailing club at Alexandria Bay in Yarralumla. The front and rear doors will be open, come on in and say hello. (map on website)

How can I find out what’s going on?

Regular updates are posted on the club's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/anusc/

What boats do you have?

We will be sailing on the clubs fleet of Lasers and Pacers, and Tasers. I encourage you to have a go on all of these boats as the theory is the same and will be good when you want to take mates sailing. We will organise a couple of races between you guys when you get the basics down pat as this is one of the best ways to learn about sailing. It will be very relaxed and not at all serious.

If you are feeling really keen check out the Wikipedia site on lasers (don’t be too worried though, we will teach you it all). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_(dinghy)

Who will be teaching the course?

Teachers will be a combination of experienced sailors from the ANU sailing club. Feel free to ask anyone anything about sailing, most of the time we should know the answer.

What happens after course?

We will continue to hold days where people can come down and sail in supervised conditions, this is why it is important to join our facebook page. Intermediate courses are run occasionally and are a great way to increase your skills.

Any other questions please contact our Training Officer.