The Start Helming course is the next progressive step in the Australian Sailing accredited pathway to learning to sail a small inshore keelboat.
It is ideal for adults and teenagers (16yrs +) who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of how a small keelboat sails. Even if you don’t ultimately wish to be the helmsperson, it is so helpful to understand and have experienced the skills of helming a boat. It will make you a much better and more confident crew!
This course develops both your theory and practical skills to confidently take control of the helm. You will learn about preparation of the boat, helm & trim on all points of sail, how to correctly handle the tiller when you tack & gybe and practises a recovery of man-overboard whilst at the helm. Upon completion of this course you will have the ability to sail in light to moderate wind conditions unassisted by an instructor.
This course is highly recommended for those who have completed the Start Crewing course or those who have some established basic sailing skills. It readies you for other progressive courses in the keelboat program such as Spinnakers and Start Skippering
Course Length: 4 consecutive weeks – minimum of 12 hours instruction
Minimum Age: 16 years
Maximum number of participants: 24
Maximum number of crew on a boat: 5 (4 students + 1 Instructor)
Cost: $350 per person
Includes: 12 hours instruction, use of personal safety equipment, National Keelboat Program logbook (if you don’t already have one from a previous course). By successfully completing one of our Start Helming courses you will also be issued with an Australian Sailing Start Helming certificate – which is recognised nationally.
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