Adult Dinghy Sailing Course

To be a good big boat sailor first you must be a good small boat sailor. Learning by the seat of your pants is the best way. Jump into the Club’s Topper without any experience and in a few short weeks you will be able to safely pilot your own dinghy. Learn the ropes, the knots and all the tricks! Be prepared to get wet, and bring along your sense of adventure.

Introduction to basic sailing in Topper / ILCA Dinghy

Course Duration
  • 4 full-days (2 Sat & 2 Sun) / 10.00am – 5.00pm or
    customized sessions can be arranged.
  • $403.30 (Member) / $566.80 (Non-Member)
    Price inclusive of 9% GST
    Course fee includes Start Sailing Book, Proficiency Test & Certification of Participation.
  • Open to CSC members & non-members.
  • Able to swim at least 50m without a personal flotation device.
  • Minimum age of 14 years old.
  • 1:8 (Minimum of 5 students to start the course).
  • Certificate of Participation
  • At the end of the course, there will be a proficiency test, if you pass, you will be awarded with the Level 1 Sailing Proficiency certificate.
  • All training equipment are provided.
Course Syllabus
  • Safety precautions
  • Parts of the boat and their usage
  • Points of sail
  • Simple Sailing knots
  • Rigging & De-rigging
  • Basic boat handling
  • Heave-to
  • Getting out of irons
  • Launching and recovery
  • Capsize recovery
  • Man over-board drill
  • General knowledge of weather, tides & current
  • Level One Proficiency Test (Theory & Practical)
  • a. Theory Test
  • 30-minute test paper on boat parts, sailing terminology, weather & tide, basic rules, safety at sea, etc.
    b. Practical Test
  • Able to rig a dinghy on land & name the parts of the boat and their functions
  • Able to launch and return to shore in a seaman-like manner
  • Able to sail one class of dinghy on all points of sail in wind conditions of up to 10 knots
  • Able to perform heave-to
  • Able to upright a capsized dinghy
  • Knows the requirements of personal & boat safety
  • Able to demonstrate the use of these knots: a figure of 8, reef, bowline, sheet bend, clove hitch, round turn and 2 half hitches.
  • Able to execute a man-over board drill.
2024 Course dates:

  • 18, 19, 25 & 26 May
  • 15, 16, 22 & 23 June
  • 20, 21, 27 & 28 July
  • 17, 18, 24 & 25 August
  • 21, 22, 28 & 29 September
  • 19, 20, 26 & 27 October

Terms and Conditions

  • Arrangement can be made for groups with a minimum of 5 participants on requested dates and the availability of the instructor.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you to the email address provided on the registration form once your slot is confirmed.
  • A swim test will be conducted. Participants must be able to swim at least 50meters without the aid of permissible buoyancy aid.
  • Full payment for any programs must be made either in cash, cheque, major credit cards, bank transfer/paynow or bill to Member’s Account together with the registration form 1 month before the commencement of the Course.
  • Cheque is made payable to ‘Changi Sailing Club’.
  • PayNow to our UEN: S88SS0020A.
  • Bank details: Standard Chartered Bank, Account: 0408 3000 78.  Please send us the transaction record after you have made the payment.
  • This is a structured course so there will be no make-up lessons should the participant fails to attend the sessions, unless otherwise specified.
  • The course fee is non-transferrable and non-refundable.
  • Cancellation by participant must be in writing[email:] and is effective upon receipt by the Club.  We do not accept verbal request.
  • In the event of cancellation made by the participants, the following fees shall apply:
    1. Less than 14 days – 50% of the course fee
    2. Less than 7 days – no refund
  • If there is no minimum numbers of participants, the Club reserves the rights to postpone or cancel the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.

Upon completion of the course, members are allowed to charter club boats for recreational sailing.

For registration, please download the Registration Form and return the duly-completed form via fax:6542 4235 or email: to the Office for confirmation.