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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


5 to 12 year olds

Tackers is a fun, games-based learn to sail program designed for kids aged 5 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.

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 the second largest Discover Sailing Centre in Australia.

SYCBA is currently the number one Discover Sailing Centre 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 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 2,600 members and established sailing pathways, Sandringham Yacht Club is THE perfect place to learn and continue to sail.