Adult Sailing Pathway

**Please note we do not offer Bare Boat Sailing Certification

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – Register your interest for one of our many Adult Learn to Sail courses or experiences and we’ll contact you when the next course is available.” BOOK HERE



(All females 14+)

When: Next Course = Selected Weekends. BOOK HERE

Where: Watersports Centre – 33 Watersport Lane, Oxenford QLD 4210

Time: 12pm – 3pm

Cost: $60 per person

All Females 14+ welcome!

1hr on-water training with an instructor, followed by a few casual sailing races. Free wine, beer or soft drink at the end of the session.



No experience is required!

The Start Dinghy Sailing course is perfect for those new to the sport who wish to learn how to sail or refresh their sailing skills. Southport Yacht Club’s certified and highly experienced instructors teach this course in the club’s dinghy boats following Yachting Australia’s Learn to Sail 1 & 2 Training syllabus. Our aim at the completion of the course is to have all sailors confident and comfortable to purchase their own boat and safely operate it independently. This course is available to those 16 years and older.

Course Outcome

Start Sailing Certificates 1 & 2


December 15th, 16th, 17th (3 Sessions) BOOK HERE

Time:  9:00am – 3:00pm

Cost: $400

Location: Oxenford Water Sports Centre



(Private Sail Coaching Lessons)

Adults 12+ learn in RS Quest Dinghy or Hobie Wave Catamaran.

Kids 7-12 learn in an Opti Dinghy

Email sailing. for any other class of boat. BOOK HERE


New Keelboat Program


(Keel Boat Scheme) For Adults 16 years and older

Southport Yacht Club offers Keelboat sailing experiences as an introduction to sailing keelboats on the Broadwater. Participants will be sailing in either a Melges 24 or Blazer 23 with a qualified instructor. This is a great way to either start your sailing journey or improve on existing skills and knowledge with regular opportunities to get on the water. Recommended beginner sailors complete multiple sessions prior to undertaking a Keelboat Crewing & Helming Course.

When:  Varied dates and times ongoing BOOK HERE

Time:  2 hour sessions

Cost:   $70 per person per session

Location:  1 Marina Cres, Hollywell QLD 4216



(Keel Boat Scheme) For Adults 16 years and older

Southport Yacht Club offers an Australian Sailing Start Sailing Certificate under the Keelboat scheme.  This combined course introduces participants to sailing on small keelboats focusing on crewing and helming, sailing on either a Melges 24 or Blazer 23.  The aim of the course is to develop and build on existing sailing knowledge and skills in busy tidal waterways.

The course is recommended for those with prior sailing experience, or who have completed the Australian Sailing Start Sailing 1 & 2 course.

When:  November 18th, 19th BOOK HERE

Time:  9:00am-4:00pm

Cost:   $480 per person

Location:  1 Marina Cres, Hollywell QLD 4216



(Keel Boat Scheme) For Adults 16years and older

Southport Yacht Club offers a two-day Australian Sailing advanced course under the Keelboat scheme for those wishing to operate their own Keelboat or Trailable Yacht with a crew of your own.  The aim of this course is to advance your sailing skills and safety knowledge to enable you to skipper unsupervised in sheltered waters. Participants must have completed the Keelboat Crewing & Helming Course.

There are currently no course dates scheduled for 2023.  Courses will begin in 2024.

Please enter your expression of interest here: SAILING EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

When:  TBA.

Time:  9am-4pm

Cost:  TBA

Location:  Hollywell Sailing Squadron



If the above course dates don’t necessarily fit in with your schedule we can certainly tailor make a course around your availability with private lessons either during the week or on weekends.  Private lessons are also great for sailors who would like some one on one coaching in their own boats with their own crews, or for families combining juniors and adults on the same boat. Fees are based on an hourly rate, and we have a number of Yachting Australia Accredited Sailing Instructors to choose from, including past National Champions and our High Performance Racing team.  All inquiries please contact the Sailing Office:


BOOKING PROCEDURE: Adult courses are for those from 16 years of age. All courses are subject to minimum and maximum enrollments in order to proceed and early bookings are strongly advised to avoid disappointment.  In the event that a scheduled session is abandoned due to weather alternative sessions will be scheduled at no extra cost, “Catch up sessions” will not be available due to each course being limited.

REFUND POLICY: In the event that a client unilaterally withdraws from a booked course, we reserve the right to withhold all or part of any fees paid.  Alternatively a client may transfer their payment towards another course if we are able to fill their position on the course.  If less than 14 days notice is given of intention to withdraw we reserve the right to withhold the payed 50% Deposit. Please contact the Sailing Office to request a form or download the form from the website. (Please Note: Prices were correct at time of printing but may change without notice).