Role of this program…

It is a goal of SoPYC to increase participation amongst its sailing community on all levels. One of those is volunteering and event assistance. We are always on the lookout for eager members, parents and associates to help us provide awesome sailing experiences at the club.

This program is designed to provide a wide array of skills to both teach and enhance your knowledge to allow you to provide to the different roles required for our racing and regatta events to go ahead and function smoothly and safetly.

Some of these roles include; Support vessels (operation and rescue), mark laying, and race management.

What's included?

Here are our currently planned courses that will enhance your repertoire and allow you to provide a variety of roles as part of our volunteering set-up.

Date: 12th & 14th July

A marine radio can save lives. It’s important that:
– You know the correct channels to use, and how and when to use them
– You know distress and safety procedures, including how to access search and rescue facilities
– You know how to respond to an emergency call
– Your messages are understood, and others know how to respond
– You know what DSC is and the benefits of connecting a GPS to your radio
– You know when and how to operate an EPIRB in a distress situation.

This course will be run over 2 evenings from 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Please note the AWQ license is limited only to 12 nm to sea and is not internationally recognised.

Cost: $100/$120 – Member/Non-Member

Date: August 13th

The course provides an excellent general grounding in first aid and will enable you to perform appropriate first aid procedures and basic life support skills. This unit satisfies training requirements across a range of community and workplace settings.
Provide First Aid is recommended for anyone wanting to learn essential first aid skills or those needing a formal first aid certificate for work.

St John Ambulance recommends that you refresh your first aid training every 12 months.

This is also in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines that state CPR skills should be refreshed every 12 months.

The Provide First Aid training course includes a cluster of three (3) Units of Competence:

  • HLTAID009- Provide CPR
  • HLTAID010- Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID011- Provide First Aid

On successful completion of the course, learners will be provided with a Statement

of Attainment that includes the following:

  • HLTAID009 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • HLTAID010 – Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID011 – Provide first aid

Entry requirements:

  • Learners will be required to provide their Unique Student Identifier (USI) number prior to

the commencement of the course ( to register).

  • Learners will require sufficient language and literacy skills to complete the online

component and write a report of an incident.

  • Learners must have the necessary health and fitness to carry out the assessment

requirements which are to complete continuous 2 minutes of CPR on an adult manikin

kneeling on the floor and 2 minutes of continuous CPR on an infant manikin. Some learners

may find the physical aspects of this training strenuous. Please discuss any injuries or

physical limitations, with the RTO staff prior to enrolment.

  • Learners MUST complete a series of pre-course online training modules (via an online

portal that may take 3-4 hrs to complete) prior to attendance of the classroom phase of

the course.

  • Due to the nature of the course learners are required to wear comfortable and loose

fitting attire including; enclosed flat shoes, slacks and loose fitting shirt/t-shirt for both

males and females.

Cost: $110/$130 – Member/Non-Member

Date: August 7th

This course provides the skills needed to support water-based activities at clubs, schools and outdoor recreation centres. You’ll learn about race course
design, practise on-water rescue of dinghies and gain an awareness of techniques to support kite surfers and kayaks.

This course is designed for participants who wish to support their Sailing Club as a support boat for either racing or learn to sail courses.
This course is also a prerequisite for becoming a Sailing Coach.

Recreational Skippers Ticket is a minimum pre-requisite for this course.

You will need to read the workbook prior to the training day.

Cost: $150/$175 – Member/Non-member

Date: August 21st

This course is suitable for any member interested in learning  the correct procedures for laying marks and setting a race course. It is suitable for club volunteers looking to gain knowledge about mark laying at the grass roots level.

This is a two part course, an online session followed by an in-house practical session for effective learning.

First time users for the online session will need to register and enrol before being able to access the online course. Both registration and enrolment to this online course are free of charge.

Online Course Link HERE

Once enrolled, learning may be completed at your own pace. Logging in and out of the course is possible with the ability to save your completed work each time you study.

The online course should be completed prior to the in-house practical session.  The half day practical session will encompass

  • Course configurations
  • Equipment used – where and how
  • Use of GPS and Range Finders
  • Some practical exercises

Cost: Free for SoPYC Members

Date: September 18th

This course would suit club members interested in being part of a Start Team.  This half day course will provide the basics skills required to conduct consistent, fair and safe club racing under the guidance of a Race Officer.

A start team is made up of the following positions.

Club Race Officer – An accredited official appointed by the Club responsible for all the conduct of the race and the team which works under them.

  • Signals Officer – Responsible for the display of visual signals.
  • Sound Signaller – responsible for the safe operation of sound signals
  • Time Keeper – responsible for the accurate call of the time
  • Recorders – Records everything that happens on paper with tape backup.

Cost: Free for SoPYC Members

…and the cost?*

Club members willing to put in a 50% or above participation rate in volunteering duties will have these course costs covered by the club.

Full cost for the program in its entirety –  $360/$425

If you have any queries please contact the OWG  at

*Follow the links and loadouts for individual course costs and requirements