Kids Learning to Sail in Perth
Sailing is fun and easy when you know how and one of the best ways for kids to learn to sail is in an Optimist.
Optimists are designed for children, not adults. They are safe, simple boats and are enjoyed by countless young sailors around the world. In fact, the Optimist is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world with over 150,000 boats officially registered in the class.
The Optimist is particularly kind to learners because it is very stable. It is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15.
Many of our local Perth Sailing Clubs & Yacht Clubs run learn to sail programs in an Optimist dinghy. A good starting point is to head over to our Events Page and you may find just what you're looking for as many of the Perth Yacht Clubs or Sailing Clubs advertise their beginner & learn to sail training programs there. Alternatively, you can find a Perth Yacht Club or Sailing Club in your area and speak to the Optimist Club Representative to find out when their learning to sail programs are being held and how you can join the Optimist sailing program.
Forever the Optimist
Hugely popular, the Optimist is designed for racing, not cruising and there are lots of opportunities to take Optimist sailing to a very advanced level.
Competitive Optimist racing is available in Perth at both club and interclub level and for the more advanced sailors, there are optimist national teams and the Optimist World Championships are held annually.
The Optimist is recognised as an International Class by the International Sailing Federation. You can read more about WAIODA. the rules & regulations and the official bodies that govern the Optimist class.
Training for Optimist Racing
it is important for a young sailor to find a coach who specialises in this class of boat. Like many other sports, Optimist sailing involves different aspects of training:
- Theory - this teaches the principles of sailing, the weather, and tactics.
- Fitness - sailing is a physically demanding sport, so sailors need to be in good shape.
- Boat Handling - this is the on-water training that puts theory into practice.
However hard you train, it's important to have fun.