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getting afloat sailing for familiesPart of Theewater Sailing Academy's mission is to get as many people out on the water as possible, therefore Family Sailing Courses are very high on our agenda.  Theewater Sailing Academy actively promotes and encourages families to develop their sailing skills together, true quality time, and offers this family sailing course to facilitate this.

Getting Afloat Sailing for Families or Friends

 Duration:  2 days
 Experience:  Must be able to swim
 Minimum age:  7 years old
 Held when:  Weekends and school holidays
 Coach ratio:  No more than 6 students per coach
 Safety boats:  No more than 9 dinghies per safety boat
 Dingies used:  Topaz Race X dinghies, and Hobie 16 catamarans
 Certification:  Getting Afloat Sailing for Adults and families
 Course cost:  See sail training rate sheet

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Getting Afloat Sailing for Families course content

On completion of the 'Getting Afloat Sailing for Families' course the family will be able to sail around a triangular course with minimal assistance:

Practical sailing abilities

  • Select the appropriate kit to wear when sailing
  • Show safety awareness by wearing a personal buoyancy aid
  • Identify wind direction
  • Position the dingy 'head to wind' for rigging
  • Help with rigging the dinghy
  • Steer & crew in light winds under supervision
  • Tack on a 'reach to reach' course
  • Control boat speed
  • Understand the principles of boat balance
  • Understand the principles of towing
  • Paddle a dinghy around a short course
  • Understand & experienced capsizing a boat with help

Background sailing knowledge

  • Name the basic parts of a dinghy
  • Understand what action to take to help someone in distress
  • Understand local hazards
  • Understand how to prepare for a tow
  • Know how to tie stopper knots

Getting Afloat Sailing for Families course notes

  • All sailing & safety equipment will be supplied
  • Club cafeteria is open on weekends during the season

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