The tradition of teaching kids to sail at Keppel Bay Sailing Club started in 1962 when the first learn to sail committee was formed in December with Val Sisley as Chairman and Brian Lloyd as Secretary/Treasurer and Keith Stover, Gordon Neilsen, Brian Lloyd and Ian Renton as sail instructors.
The club has been dedicated to introducing youth to the healthy outdoor recreation of sailing ever since with Life member Keith Stover still fronting every Sunday to lend a hand still to this day.
Over the years, the Club has seen many young people develop from newcomers to the sport to world class sailing champions.
More than ever before, KBSC offers a multitude of learn to sail options and are devoted to encouraging people of all ages to engage in the sport.
Discover Sailing opportunities require no experience and no long-term commitment to join a program. If you have been thinking about joining a ‘Learn to Sail’ program and would like to give it a go first, this is the perfect way to do so.
Nationally accredited instructors run all programs and your ‘Discover Sailing’ vessel is skippered by an experienced sailor.
Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for young people aged 7 to 12 and is delivered at recognised Tackers Clubs throughout Australia. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t have to be a member of a club to participate. All the equipment, including the boats are provided.
Start Sailing is a 2 step program and is the start of Australian Sailings ‘Dinghy Program’ which is designed to teach participants how to sail, starting with the essential skills in the first course, ‘Start Sailing 1’. More advanced skills and techniques are gradually introduced as students progress through the syllabus, so by the end of the course, they will be ready to start racing at their local sailing club or just enjoy being out on the water.
Keppel Bay Sailing Club holds a number of Start Sailing courses on weekends throughout the year. ‘Start Sailing 1’ is conducted over a full Saturday and Sunday block and ‘Start Sailing 2’ is also conducted over a full Saturday and half Sunday (morning).
Twilight Sailing opportunities take advantage of those long warm summer days where participants can enjoy an evening on the water followed by sunset drinks in the Bilge Bar. Social Twilight Sailing is open for both members and non-members. No experience is necessary. Newcomers and beginners can relax and unwind or get hands on aboard one of our club Corsairs with an experienced skipper at the helm.