SSA’s proprietary first mate course introduces the complete beginner to sailing on keeled boat. This 5-day course on our 24-foot keelboat is the perfect introduction to sailing and the eventual step up to yachting.

What will I learn?

  • Parts of the rigging, sails and sail control
  • Wind awareness
  • Sailing upwind and downwind
  • Tacking and Gybing
  • The importance of good communication when manouvering
  • Reaching
  • Heave-to
  • Slipping and coming alongside a jetty or mooring
  • Knots: figure-of-eight, round turn and two half hitches, clove hitch, bowline, reef knot
  • Securing a line to a cleat and a fender to the boat
  • Man overboard recovery
  • Basic rules of the road
  • Where to obtain weather forecasts
  • Reefing the sail – on the water and alongside
  • Sailing in close proximity to other vessels
  • Lee shore dangers
  • Anchoring
  • Using winches and cleats

What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes, spray jacket.

Where do I stay?

This course is not a stay aboard course, you will need to bring lunch and have local accommodation to stay in each day.

Where are we?

Course starts 9:30am. Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking.

What do I get?

A Sunshine Sailing Australia ‘First Mate – Keelboat’ certificate.

Need More Info?

Email us at, or call on (07) 5478 2299. We are more than happy to help!


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