Melbourne Yacht club sailing classes are open to the
public. Students learn knot tying, sailing lingo, care and rigging of the
boats, and real life sailing experience - sailing up wind, tacking, sailing
downwind, jibing, sail trim, & how to right the boat.
Adult beginning sailing classes consist of classroom
sessions at the MYC clubhouse and on the water sailing time. Session dates and
times can be found under the [Adult Classes] link listed above.
Youth classes meet on Saturdays for land instruction
and on the water sailing time. Session dates and times can be found under the [Youth
Classes] link listed above.
Camps are offered at spring break and select weeks
during the summer. The camps include an introduction to sailing and STEM learning
activities related to sailing and marine education.
For the safety, enjoyment and education of all
students the minimum age is 8 years in the youth classes and camps, and 18 (16+
upon approval of the director and instructor) years in the adult class. Classes
include instruction materials and use of MYC's Optimist Prams, sunfish, lasers
and Collegiate 420's in the youth sessions and the Collegiate 420s for the
adult sessions. Some mixed-ages classes are available such that families can
take classes together.
Safety is important at MYC. Each student must wear a
student-supplied life jacket with a whistle attached when on or around the
water. Students should not be afraid of the water and must be able to swim. The
preferred style of life jacket (PFD) for sailing is the type III used by
kayakers or other water sports. Ensure that the jacket fits the student
comfortably while in the sitting position, is easy to get into and will support
the student when worn in the water. Students must wear foot gear that will get
wet and muddy getting into and out of the boats; inexpensive beach shoes are
perfect. Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen also are a good idea. In the beginning,
students must demonstrate that they are comfortable in the water, can swim and
can right and climb aboard a capsized boat.
As the proper rigging and care of boats is an
important part of sailing, parents are encouraged to assist their student at
the start and end of each class with rigging, de-rigging, cleaning and storage
of the boat and gear they used (don't worry, we will teach you). Placement of
the youth students within boats (Optimist vs. 420) is at the discretion of the
instructor, based on experience, maturity and strength.
Non-Refundable Deposits to be submitted with
pre-registration. Class size is limited and sessions fill early.
No refunds will be given if the weather is bad, but
classes will be conducted indoors in that case.
Adult and Youth
420 Beginner Sailing Classes
Members $175, Deposit Required $75
MYC Members $150, Deposit Required $75
Youth Opti Beginner
Sailing; Advanced Sailing (mixed ages)
$100, Deposit Required $25
MYC Members $25, Deposit Required $25
Camp: $100, Deposit Required $25
Non-MYC Members $250, Deposit Required $75
MYC Members $175, Deposit Required $75
TO MELBOURNE YACHT CLUB
If you are
interested, please contact: MYC
Sailing Education Director