The Start Helming course is the next step on the Australian Sailing accredited pathway to learning to sail a small inshore keelboat.
It is an ideal course for adults and teenagers (16yrs+) who are looking to develop or improve their sailing skills.
This course develops both your theory and practical skills to confidently take control on the helm. You will learn preparation of the boat, helming & trimming on all points-of-sail, using telltales to helm effectively and affect the recovery of man-overboard whilst at the helm. This further 12-hour course will also provide you with more of the valuable time-on-water that helps to develop your skills in differing wind and environmental conditions. You will learn key concepts including how sails can control the steering of a boat not just the rudder, as well as luffing, heave-to and getting out of “irons”. The course also introduces other essential areas including weather, ropework and general seamanship skills like anchoring and reefing sails.
This course is highly recommended for those who have completed the Start Crewing course or who have some prior sailing experience and it readies students for other courses we conduct such as Start Skippering and Spinnakers.
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, Boats & sails. 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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