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Australia Learn to Sail Weekend

Learn to sail in the absolutely stunning setting of Sydney Harbour. Sunshine, travel, beautiful places and happy faces - no wonder a lot of people are seeking the sailing lifestyle!

Prices from US$695

Ever dreamed of learning how to sail in one of the most spectacular locations on the planet? Well now you can do just that! This beginner sailing weekend course in Sydney, Australia is designed to familiarise you with all the essentials required to set you on your way to becoming a skilled and accomplished sailor.

The aim of the course is to introduce newcomers to the wonderful sport of sailing in a safe and controlled way, with our experienced instructors guiding you and fellow crew members in a friendly and relaxed manner. The action packed syllabus will teach you a variety of theoretical and practical sailing techniques, including the use of winches and clutches, rope work, points of sailing, the five essentials of sailing, steering a yacht, sail handling, and the different safety measures on board; all the fundamentals for you to become a successful sailor!

By the end of the course, you will be confident with basic crew work, as well as managing a number of different sail techniques. You will learn in the absolutely stunning setting of Sydney Harbour, on board one of our spectacular race tuned yachts. What’s more, the skills you acquire will be easily transferable to any type of yacht you may subsequently crew on, so there’s a lot of flexibility for any future sailing trips. Sunshine, travel, beautiful places and happy faces - no wonder a lot of people are seeking the sailing lifestyle!


  • Get hands-on sailing experience
  • Gain a recognised sailing certificate
  • Explore Sydney & its iconic landmarks!
  • Make lifelong friends and unforgettable memories
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!


  • Minimum age of 16 years
  • Intermediate level of English ability


Location Sydney, Australia

Weekend sailing lessons
Sailing theory & technique
Explore Sydney Harbour


Transfer not provided

Accommodation  Accommodation not provided


Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country All safety equipment
Transport instructions to project site
Sailing orientation & training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Day One – Saturday


We’ll start Saturday morning with a short briefing on what to expect from your weekend of sailing, followed by a plan of the day’s activities. Once we familiarise you with the basics of the yacht we will set off from the marina, hoist sail, and head out towards Sydney Harbour! With wind direction sailing exercises and regular rotation of crew roles, Saturday morning is sure to be the perfect start to your sailing weekend!


The afternoon session will begin with a brief of the technical aspects of sailing, looking in finer detail at points of sail and how to sail across wind. Following this you will practice sailing upwind (tacking) and downwind (gybing), familiarising yourself with both the upwind and downwind no go zone. On your way back to the docks, you will learn about sail flaking, before being debriefed by your friendly instructor on everything you have learnt over of the course of the day.

Day Two – Sunday


Sunday morning will begin with a recap of the theory and techniques that have been covered so far, before discussing trimming, how sails work, and various safety measures. Basic power handling, figure of eight, and forward and reverse manoeuvres will also be taught. The morning will end with a session on how to flawlessly hoist a sail!


The afternoon will begin with upwind and downwind sailing practice and some fun boating knot exercises. Before your weekend sailing experience comes to an end you will have the chance to show off what you have learnt with the rest of your crew, before your instructor debriefs you on everything you have experienced over the weekend!

Please note that the above is a draft programme. Instructors may vary the detail to take account of individual needs and local weather considerations.


You will be supplied with simple, easy to follow instructions on how to reach our sailing school in Sydney Harbour where you will be introduced to the sailing team.


Accommodation is not provided as part of this weekend sailing package. However, one of our friendly volunteer coordinators will gladly advise and assist you in finding a safe and comfortable place to stay in the local area.


Food is not included as part of this project, which means that you’ll have the freedom to decide where and what to eat! We recommend you bring a pack-lunch for both days.

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After your project why not stay in country a little longer and head up the east coast to explore the range of adventure, environmental, and cultural activities that Australia has to offer. Frontier can organise a variety of projects in Australia for you, whether it’s an awesome surf camp where you can hone your skills with a surf board, rewarding conservation volunteering positions, or earn some money using your working holiday visa, we can help! Or maybe you just want a comprehensive 12 month bus pass for Australia’s stunning East coast? Check out our Oz Experience project, where travel flexibility is the name of the game!
Whether you want to travel independently or with Frontier, visits to sites like Ayers rock, diving on the Barrier Reef, canopy tours in the northern rainforests, or river rafting (as well as many other adrenalin sports) are a must. Take time out to get to know some of this amazing country's wildlife; the diving and snorkelling off the beautiful beaches is absolutely spectacular and you may even see pods of dolphins, seals or perhaps whales if you’re lucky. As you can see, there are plenty of exciting opportunities and activities on offer throughout Australia, so you’ll definitely never have a dull moment!


Project fee US$545

Registration fee US$145


Weekly. Please aim to arrive at the sailing centre meeting point on the Saturday.


Two days over the weekend.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice
  • Advice on equipment & visas
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)


  • Sailing orientation & training
  • All safety equipment
  • Transport instructions to the project site
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Sydney (NS) (SYD)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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