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Club Marine SYC Boating Academy

Learn to sail with our boating academy

Our Club Marine SYC Boating Academy (SYCBA) is an accredited Australian Sailing Discover Sailing Centre. We offer a wide variety of on-water and theory learn to sail and training courses onsite at Sandringham Yacht Club. Since it’s opening in 2002 SYCBA has continued to be a leading ‘Learn to Sail’ centre. We’re proud to say that SYCBA is currently the number one Discover Sailing Centre for Keelboat Courses in Australia. Also, SYCBA is the second largest Discover Sailing Centre.

We offer a range of courses covering learn to sail, power boating, navigation, radio and engine care. Regardless of your age or ability, there is a course to suit everyone. If you are unsure of where to start, come and chat to our friendly team in the SYC boating office.

Our team of dedicated and passionate instructors will support you to reach your full potential as you learn to sail, navigate or drive powerboats. We also have a variety of pathways to help you become involved in the club however you choose to.


Sailing Courses


7 to 12 year olds

Tackers is a fun, games-based learn to sail program designed for kids aged 7 to 12. Your kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t have to be a member of a Club to participate. To make learning to sail as easy and fun as possible we provide all the equipment needed including the boats.

OutThere Sailing

12 to 17 year olds

OutThere Sailing is the ideal way to have fun and get active on the water and is all about having fun while experiencing sailing and socialising with friends and making new ones.

Adult Dinghy


Sailing a dinghy is fun and exhilarating and this learn to sail program has been developed to provide a safe introduction. If your goal is to take confident control of your own small boat, this is the place to start.

Keelboat Courses



An introduction to the basics of sailing on a small keel boat, including boat handling, safety and sailing theory. We aim to help you gain all the skills you need to go on to become an active keelboat sailor within our club.


Other Courses

Powerboat Courses

12 +

Do you want to learn to drive a small powerboat?  Would you like to man a rescue boat to support your local Sailing Club?  These programs will provide you with the necessary skills for the safe use of small powerboats, including the equipment to be carried, knowledge of seamanship, navigation and weather.

Marine radio courses

16 +

Radios are an important means of attracting attention in an emergency or helping someone else who is in trouble.  The potential to save lives is the most important reason for fitting marine radios however they must be used properly and responsibly.

Cruising / Navigation courses


In our Introduction to Bareboat Cruising Course no previous experience is required, we assume nothing and hit the ground running. You will be drawing lines on charts well within an hour starting the course.

Diesel engine course


This course teaches you how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown.

About our Instructors

All of our instructors hold First Aid, Marine Radio Certificate , Powerboat Handling Certificate and Working with Children Checks. Our team of instructors and assistants are all qualified with Australian Sailing Instructors Certificates. We also train our instructors specifically for the Club Marine SYC Boating Academy courses. All of our instructors are experienced and passionate sailors.

The Club Marine SYC Boating Academy and our instructors adhere to the policy and procedures set by our governing body; Australian Sailing.

Why Discover Sailing at Sandringham?

Our boating academy is amongst the top 10 of all Discover Sailing Centre in Australia, with SYCBA the largest Centre in Victoria.

SYCBA is currently top 5 for Tackers and OutThere courses and top 10 for Keelboat courses in Australia.

Our club has some of the best facilities for sailing in Melbourne.  

Due to our location and facilities, sailing is run more often at Sandringham than at other bayside clubs.

Sail training boats are stored and rigged just metres from your class room.

Dinghy beginners training takes place in the shelter of SYC’s harbour to give you extra support.

We have a dedicated Off The Beach building with a classroom, change rooms, registration room and equipment storage facilities.

With more than 3,000 members and established sailing pathways, Sandringham Yacht Club is THE perfect place to learn and continue to sail.