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Crew Member Weekend Afloat

International Certification

For Recreational Sailing

This is the next step after the Introductory Weekend Aboard for improving your sailing skills.

You will become proficient enough at handling a yacht to make you a welcome crew member aboard pleasure yachts.

First Mate Package

Save on Sailing Lessons

From becoming a welcome crew member to Bareboat Skipper.

Save $110 with a special First mate Package. You get two weekends aboard, the International Crew Member and the International Bareboat Skipper Weekend and theory course, with up to 3 months to complete the courses.

Competent Crew

They'll love to have you aboard!


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International Recreational Crew Certificate

Premium International Yacht Training


What will I learn?introductory sailing lessons pittwater

During this two day and two night course you will have a total of 18 hours of practical on board lessons, with a minimum of 3 hours of theory lessons.

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We limit the activity to a maximum of 5 students per yacht so you will have plenty of personal attention. You will have the option to buy an official International Yacht Training Log Book to record your accomplishments.

You will discover:

  • Pre-departure checks, safety, engine and fire precautions.
  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a yacht, her rigging and sails.
  • Rules of the road and keeping a lookout.
  • Manners and customs of the sea.
  • How to coil, stow, secure lines, and tie 8 knots.
  • Understanding the weather, and what it means for sailors.
  • Trimming the sails, mastering sail shape and control.
  • Using a Spinnaker pole.
  • Reducing sail area - reefing and changing the head sails.
  • Advanced steering on all points of sail and with different wind strengths under sail and power.
  • Safety equipment, lifejackets, harnesses, and how to rescue someone who falls over the side.
  • Distress signals.
  • Dealing with sea sickness.
  • Anchoring and mooring a yacht.
  • How to handle a dinghy and load it aboard.

You will have the option to buy an official International Yacht Training Log Book to record your accomplishments.

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What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, suntan cream, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), rain jacket (no umbrellas), toilet kit, any special medicine you may need to take (we have a first aid kit aboard). Be sure to pack this in a flexible soft bag as there is no room aboard for hard luggage.

Please note that there is no smoking below. We have refrigeration for your drinks, so you don't need an eskie onboard.

How Long is the course?

Two days and two nights, from Friday at 7:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sunday.

What about meals?

Meals are included. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to indicate this on your reservation form.

Where and when do we set sail?

Arrive at the Club Sail Office on Friday at 7:00 PM. We are at the Newport Anchorage, Office 10, Marina level, 79-81 Beaconsfield St, Newport close to the Newport Arms Hotel on the corner of Beaconsfield and Kalinya St. Newport. To see a map of how to find us, click here.

For the dates of the course offerings, click in the box in the "sign on now" form below.


AUD $690 for the overnight crew training sail. Two or more people $655

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  • AUD $690 for the overnight crew training sail. Two or more people $655
  • Save $110 with the Bosun's Package Introductory Weekend and International Crew Weekend.
  • Save $110 by signing up for the First Mate's Package - Competent Crew + Inshore Skipper theory and practical.

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Phone: International + 612 9979 9669 Fax: International + 61 (2) 9979 3463
Postal Address: Club Sail, PO Box 593, Newport, NSW, 2106, Australia.



When a confirmed booking is made and accepted by Club Sail Pty.Ltd (hereafter referred to as the 'Company' a binding contract shall be deemed to subsist between both parties. No liability shall accrue to either the Company student/passenger if either is prevented from fulfilling any of their contractual obligations by any incidence of force majeure including acts of God, strikes, or any other event which can reasonably be beyond the control of either party. In the event of any dispute arising out of the terms of this contract, it shall be referred to a mutually acceptable arbiter whose decision shall be binding to both parties. It is understood that the student/passenger will indemnify the Company for any non-insurable claims that may be made against it for damage or loss caused by the student/passenger or by members of their party whether wilful or through negligence.

1. Tick your choice of course, workshop or sailing adventure trip and date on the pricing table and complete the booking form below.
2. Telephone Club Sail to check availability and one of our team will be happy to discuss your choice with you.
3. Reservations can be taken over the phone - (see payment clause below)
4. A confirmation letter and tax invoice will be sent to you outlining your chosen activity details.

All bookings will be held for a maximum of 7 days and the booking will not be confirmed until a completed and acceptable booking form has been received, which may be a fax copy, to the Company together with a 50% deposit for the course, or offshore milebuilder.

Inside 30 days must be made in writing by the person who completed the booking and be sent to the Company at their address and is deemed to take effect on receipt. Cancellations made between 30 and 15 days will incur a loss of deposit. Balance of payment is to be made 15 days prior to commencement of the course. There will be no REFUNDS given for cancellations made inside 15 days. If a student leaves the yacht and /or abandons a course or milebuilder trip before the scheduled termination date and time for whatever reason NO REFUNDS will be given.

It is advisable to be covered by an insurance policy for the adventure sailing trips to safeguard yourself in the case of cancellation. A copy of the policy is to be forwarded to Club Sail.

Whilst every effort will be made by the Instructor to give the students/passengers maximum time on the sea, weather conditions may be such that, in the opinion of the Instructor, the yacht or crew may be in danger and in such circumstances the vessel will remain in a place of safety. If the weather conditions are such that a prevention of the start or curtailment of a course or sailing trip occurs then no refunds will be given but alternative dates will be offered.

The Company reserves the right at its' discretion to transfer the course or sailing trip from one yacht to another and this action will in no way waive the terms and conditions stated herein. In the event of the Company having to cancel a course or sailing trip, without offering any acceptable alternative then the student/passenger shall be entitled to a full refund of monies paid and no further liability shall be incurred by the Company.

The student/passenger agrees to advise the Company in writing of any medical disability or illness which may adversely affect the ability to participate in the course or sailing trip that they have chosen. It shall be at the discretion of the Company to refuse to accept a booking of a student/passenger where there is an unacceptable risk to the party and the Company in doing so.

Goods and Services Tax is included in all prices for courses, sailing trips and workshops. Prices are valid in Australian Dollars..

Club Sail shall not be held liable for death, personal injury, loss or damage to property howsoever arising and therefore by signing this booking form, you hereby release, to the full extent permitted by state, law and equity, The Company, its' employees and agents from all actual and contingent liability in respect of such personal injury, death, loss or damage.



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