Learn to Sail on Sydney Harbour: Australian Sailing Start Crewing

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From $388.76

6 reviews   (5.00)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 48 hours

Departs: Sydney, Sydney

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This is the exciting first step on the Australian Sailing Keelboat training pathway. You will begin to familiarise yourself with the vessel and the responsibilities associated with being a crew member. Your experienced Instructor will introduce you to the basics of sailing on a small boat, including boat handling, safety and sailing theory. You will cover basic sailing terminology and rules, basic knots, tacking and gybing and man overboard recovery. All of our instructors are qualified by Australian Sailing with years of experience.

This is a 12 hour course consisting of 2 x 6 hour lessons.

We will provide life jackets, don't forget to bring sun safe clothing, sun cream, wear non marking shoes and take a bottle of water.

For this course no experience is necessary, so come along and enjoy sailing here in Manly, one of the best locations to sail in the world!

What's Included

We supply the Lifejackets and Sunscreen

What's Not Included

Hotel pick up and drop-off

Transport to and from attraction

We recommend you bring some lunch and water for the course

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 12 - 15
  • ADULT: Age: 16 - 99

Additional Info

  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Service animals allowed
  • Wheelchair and stroller access is possible to yacht club but not the boat itself
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.


Excellent Learn to Sail Course!
LennonWhite, 23-03-2020
Awesome experience learning to sail with Manly sailing. 2 very experienced and likeable instructors and a lot of hands on experience out on the boat. Highly recommend.
Great day sailing
Jonoayling, 26-01-2020
We spent our weekend learning to sail with Craig. As complete beginners, we were talked through all of the basics in theory before heading out on the Aqualuna. When we were on the water, everyone in our group was given experience working on all parts of the boat and we were working as a team before long. Craig always made sure we were safe and in control while teaching us exactly what we needed to do to crew a yacht. From simply learning the various names given to the parts of the boat to completing a successful man overboard drill to save a wayward baseball cap, we learnt a lot and had a great two days on the water.
Fantastic weekend learning to sail
Kateleaver, 26-01-2020
We had a wonderful time at Manly Sailing. The instructor (Craig) was thorough and patient and lovely. The boat (Aqualuna) was great. I was quite nervous about learning to sail but I felt comfortable and confident by the end of the weekend. It’s just a terrific thing to do - and in one of the most beautiful places in Sydney.
Excellent experience, couldn't recommend it more!
alexgassner, 20-10-2019
Took the weekend crewing course with an instructor called Finn. Very knowledgeable sailor and encouraged any questions. Made the experience really cool and ensured that we were all comfortable with new learnings before proceeding to the next step. I will be completing another course here and would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to learn to sail or upskill.
Fantastic sailing in beautiful Sydney Harbour
John P, 20-05-2019
I just completed the Start Crewing and Start Helming courses with Manly Sailing, and it was a really fantastic experience. Everyone I met at Manly Sailing was extremely friendly and helpful, and my instructor Finn was about the nicest guy you could hope to meet, as well as being a great teacher. The setting is amazing; we even had a pod of dolphins frolicking in the water around us during one of the lessons. It's also a great way to get involved in the local sailing community. Highly recommended!

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