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Hebe Haven Yacht Club Sailing Centre


Stage 1 is a foundation course tailored for beginners between 7 to 12 years of age. You will learn the basic skills for: rigging, launching and recovery, ropework, clothing and equipment, capsize recovery, sailing techniques and manoeuvers and meteorology. To achieve this, you will spend time learning theory, working on the hardstanding and sailing on the water - obtaining experience with sail trim, steering and handling of your boat.


Stage 2 consolidates and expands on Stage 1 aind is aimed at 7 to 12 year olds who have a basic knowledge of sailing. At this stage, you will be encouraged to complete tasks with less supervision and more confidence. In addition to your stage 1 skills, you will be required to learn more complex rules and the Port/Starboard Right of Way rule.


Stage 3 will transform you from a beginner to a sailor. You need to be able to sail to the standard of Stage 1 and 2, and must be at least 7 years old. You will complete all points of sailing, and be given plenty of opportunity to consolidate your sailing skills. It is also time to learn some new ones, you you will be taught how to recover a 'man overboard', and will be introduced to racing.


Stage 4 is for sailings who are 7 years or over. This course introduces the particiapnt to double-handed sailing with opportunities to crew and helm larger dinghies. You will now learn to set up and sail your boat to suit a variety of weather conditions and will become competent returning to a beach or jetty whatever the wind direction. You will be taught to tie a variety of knots and have knowledge of tidal ebb and flow, synoptic charts and the Beaufort Wind Scale.



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HKSF Courses


HKSF LEVEL 1: Introduction to Sailing

The aim of this course is to provide a brief experience of dinghy sailing for someone who has never sailed before. By the end of the course, participants will have had a short introduction to the sport of dinghy sailing, including basic boat handling techniques and essential background knowledge. It is recommended that all participants consolidate this short introduction with the Basic Skills Course - Level 2. The emphasis of this course will be largely practical.


HKSF LEVEL 2: Basic Skills

By the end of the course the successful sailor will be safety conscious, have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing a dinghy without an Instructor on board in light winds. The majority of conventional beginners' courses cover both Level 1 and 2 and are normally of not less than 30 hours duration: the syllabus below details those items not listed in Level 1. The emphasis of this course will be largely practical.


HKSF LEVEL 3: Improving Techniques

By the end of the course, the successful sailor will have a competent, safe, practical approach to dinghy sailing and be capable of sailing and making seamanlike decisions in moderate conditions. To successfully demostrate the required skilles, it is required that at least 

It will be assumed that every student starting this course has already mastered the practical skills and absorbed the background knowledge required for Level 2. In practical terms, this implies a season (recorded in an HKSF logbook-9 months) of sailing between courses.

The duration of this course will be no less than 30 hours.

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