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Junior 7-12


Juniors 7-12 years

The skills to last a lifetime.

For kids, sailing is a fabulous character builder.  It teaches independence, quick thinking and decision making, and gets them outdoors and on the water. And it’s a supervised environment where they can learn the skills needed for a lifetime of sailing watched by our team of experienced sailors, patrol boats and the control tower.


And it’s not just on the water where they will thrive. There is no doubt that the kids have a great time and make great friends, both at the Club and at the various class events, and special events designed to dial up the fun and team spirit.


The Junior Sailing Program


BYS welcomes all sailors aged 7-12, whether they have progressed through the Tackers program, have started learning to sail elsewhere, or have never sailed before!


Our junior sailors learn the fundamental boat-handling skills and essential knowledge needed to sail their own boat, whilst most importantly having fun out on the water. All our junior sailors are taught and coached by qualified Australian Sailing dinghy instructors, many of whom progressed through the BYS Junior Sail Training program themselves when they were younger.

Five skills levels so the kids learn at their own pace


To ensure that every sailor is with the best coach for their sailing abilities and knowledge, our program is split into five skill levels.

All our groups follow the Australian Sailing Dinghy Syllabuses, progressing through from Start Sailing to Better Racing. Each sailor usually remains in their group for the duration of a season, and our Australian Sailing qualified instructors pay close attention to ensure every sailor is where they need to be.

Green Group: This is where new sailors or Tackers graduates start their Junior Sail Training journey, covering the basics of sailing including launching and recovery, boat handling skills in shallow water and an understanding of introductory sailing theory. The focus is on learning in a safe and fun environment, with Green Group sessions held in the shallows out the front of the club.

White Group:  Sailing in slightly deeper water, venturing out amongst the moorings in front of the club, our instructors focus on building the sailor’s confidence out on the water, whilst continuing to develop their boat handling skills and introducing them to the fundamentals of courses and racing.

Orange Group: Sailors become more independent in their boat rigging and understanding of sail adjustment and are encouraged to participate in BYS club racing, so our instructors cover all the skills, theory and techniques needed to sail further out from the club and race independently.

Purple/Blue Group: Our top two JST groups generally train together during most sessions and focus on the skills needed to prepare sailors for racing and regattas. This includes more advanced boat handling skills and techniques, competently sailing in all wind conditions, and more advanced racing and sailing theory, as well as teaching sailors about the importance of preparation – both for the boat and the sailor!

When does Junior Sail Training start?

Junior Sail Training runs over the sailing season, commencing in November 2021 and concluding in February 2022.

Sessions are 3 hours long and training dates for the season can be found here.

Sailors in our Junior Sail Training program require their own boat to sail, with the majority of the fleet using the recognisable blue-sailed Minnow, but we welcome all boats including O’pen Skiffs and Optis. If you are new to sailing, BYS has a few club-owned boats which can be used to get you started.

If you like to chat about getting your child into sailing, simply call the Sailing Office on  03 5925 9620. Registrations are now open! Get in quick here

Season 2021/22 fee’s

First Child                                           $400 inc GST*

Second Child                                     $380 inc GST*

Third Child                                         $360 inc GST*

Non BYS Member                             $550 inc GST*

*There is an additional A$ fee of $17.50 at registration


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