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Learn To Sail

Sydney offers many amazing waterways, but Pittwater provides perhaps the best environment for learning to sail. Some of the world's most successful sailors started out at BYRA, but that's not to say we're all about competition. Many of our sailors choose simply to explore the pristine waters of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury. However, for those with a competitive streak we offer Combined Fleet Racing on Sunday afternoons with the other Pittwater-based clubs. This guarantees a high standard of competition and good-sized fleets.

Sailing courses take place on Sunday mornings and are finished by noon. Ideally students will be competent swimmers, but this is not essential as classes are supported by one or more patrol boats (as numbers require). These are crewed by experienced members.

BYRA can accept online credit card payments via a secure link provided by the Commonwealth Bank. Alternatively you can pay by cheque. See our Purchases page for details.

What do we provide?

  • Boat
  • Life Jacket
  • Experienced Coach and support crew
  • Patrol Boat
  • A great club with a relaxed atmosphere!

What do students need to bring?

  • Hat
  • Sun Screen
  • Suitable Clothing - one of our long-sleeve rashies is ideal, but otherwise shorts/swimmers and something to cover your arms that dries quickly. You will be getting wet!
  • Water and something to eat - or pick something up from BYRA's canteen.

Adult's Sailing Courses

It's never too late to experience the fun and sense of achievement that sailing can bring. Many of BYRA's members found sailing later in life. Find out more about our sailing courses for adults.

Children's Sailing Courses

Childrens Sailing Courses in Sydney

BYRA operates regular introductory sailing courses for children throughout the summer. Training is conducted by experienced coaches who love the sport, and their enthusiasm is infectious.

Bring your child down to the club any Sunday morning during the season and someone will be happy to show you around the club and the boats. You can even attend one of our free Discover Sailing days with no obligation to see if sailing is for your child. Check the calendar on the home page for the next one.