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Emmarentia Dam provides a very safe training environment. It provides security to all new sailors by providing enough water to thoroughly learn boat handling skills.

The Club provides sail training tuition to adults and children using a range of club boats.


InstructorAndrew Arthur
Contact Details082 880 4239 after hours weekdays
Course ContentCourse content graded in difficulty - refer course detail
AimProvide the knowledge and skills to safely enjoy a Sport For Life – suitable from youth to senior given average mobility
Prerequisite ExperienceThe sailing courses are graded in difficulty to allow progression, building on the preceding level.
Courses Available Listed in order of development:
  • Taster – To determine if sailing might interest you
  • Introduction to Dinghy Sailing
  • Building Sailing Knowledge
  • Know your Dinghy
Course Content
Other CoursesIntroduction to Windsurfing/Sailboard
Minimum ageClasses are grouped by age:
  • Kids 8 to below 12 years.
  • Adult/Teen above 12 years.
Activities are matched to the age group to maintain interest.
Held when
  • Training sessions are by arrangement.
  • To manage the variability of the Highveld wind, proceed as follows:
    • Make a booking for a weekend day - 5-3 days prior to the weekend by contacting the Instructor
    • Instructor will check wind forecast for 5-10 knots (10-20km/h) wind – Sailing is best done with wind
    • Instructor will make a tentative placement matching candidate experience and forecast wind - Sail in the right wind
    • 24 hours before agreed date confirm with instructor that training session is feasible based on recent wind forecast – Ensure the wind is right to sail in.
  • Arrive at agreed time (typically between 09:30-10:00) with kit.
  • Finish Time 13:00 – 14:00 or as agreed with instructor subject to wind.
  • Enjoy the day learning to sail.
DurationCourse duration varies depending on course grade - check the requirements for each course level. Each course builds on the preceding course assuming a given proficiency.
Course costR150 per hour per person.
Payment by EFT.
Account details to be provided on confirmation of session.
CertificationCourse work based on SA Sailing syllabus
Coach ratioVaries from 1 instructor to 1 candidate, up to 1 instructor to 6 candidates
Safety boats1 safety boat per 9 candidate boats
Dinghy’s used
  • Mirrors (two-man dinghies)
  • Toppers/Lasers (one-man dinghies) for Adult/Teen
  • Optimists or Toppers (one-man dinghies) for Youth
Course NotesAll sailing boat and safety equipment will be supplied.
Students under 9 must be accompanied by a parent or adult sibling

Course Content