Cleveland Yacht Club

Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail

If you know nothing about sailing, still get confused between your port and starboard, or the last time you sailed was when you were a kid - we offer individualised training for youths and adults for $80 on Sunday mornings, including boat hire.

Our Learn to Sail program is based upon the experiential learning cycle. We’ll assess you to find out what you need more of, and we will customise based upon what you need. You may need 6 lessons, or you may need 10 lessons, plus additional on-water time.

Our Learn to Sail sessions use off-the-beach monohull boats, which is known as "dinghy" sailing. We also do Learn to Sail sessions for those wishing to sail off-the-beach catamarans. For booking these, use the same Learn to Sail session event booking, and let us know in your booking that catamarans are your preference.


  • Sundays (see Events page for specific dates).
  • We recommend you commit for 3 sessions initially. Feel free to book them in advance. 


  • Commences at 9:00am, runs for 2 to 2.5 hours, finishing around 11 to 11:30am.


  • Meet at the Cleveland Yacht Club clubhouse.


  • No sailing prerequisites.

What's included:

  • 2 hour learning session with an experienced sailor as your trainer.
  • Use of club lifejacket (PFD).
  • Sailing boat hire for your session.
  • Opportunity to continue to use the boat for on-water practice after the learning session (no additional cost).
  • Opportunity to join in the sailing racing that same day (after your lesson) - race fees included in cost of learning session.
  • Third party insurance.
  • SailPass registration (for Australian Sailing).


  • $80 per session per individual.
  • Wanting Learn to Sail for others in your family/group? 30% discount for second and subsequent family/group members (total $136 for two, $192 for three, etc).

What to bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Enclosed water appropriate shoes (eg. reef shoes, old sneakers - shoes you don't mind getting wet).
  • Clothes / swimmers (that you don't mind getting wet).
  • If you tend to get cold - a light spray jacket (including in the summer).
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes.

When things change - important information:

  1. If you need to reschedule or cancel your booked session - please inform us at least 24 hours before the session.
  2. Learn to Sail session dates may be subject to change due to weather conditions. We will contact you if the forecasted conditions are unsuitable.
  3. If sailing is cancelled and you've paid - this will then roll onto the next available Learn to Sail session, unless you ask for your money back, which we'll arrange.



How to register/book training:


  • Step 1. Select the Training Event Dates you wish to attend, and Register for each of your preferred dates.
    • Repeat this for each person in your group so we know how many people are in your group.


  • Step 2. Create a Training SailPass to ensure you have a temporary membership for insurance needs. Jump to "Learn to Sail training / coaching at the club" section.


  • Step 3. Complete payment as per the SailPass instructions. Note that you can pay for multiple training dates with a single payment. 
    • Please provide payment to:

      Cleveland Yacht Club

      BSB 034 070

      Account No. 235273

      Reference: Your invoice number starting with "ME" + 3 digits


Still have questions?  Please feel free to contact us