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We are HERE – 9 Bellingen Street (Cnr. River Street), Urunga.

Urunga Sail Training Club is an accredited Australian Sailing  Discover Sailing Training Centre No. 516696 conducting the following Australian Sailing Accredited dinghy sailing courses:

Start Sailing 1 & 2 courses,

Better Sailing course and 

Discover Sailing Experiences (DSE).

COURSE –  Start Sailing 1 & 2

Hi all new (and possible) USTC Start Sailing 1 & 2 students, we look forward to hopefully meeting you all and having a great course commencing

Starting May 11th, 2024 for 5 Saturdays

– 9:30am to 1:30pm

Course Registration and payments.

You can register via email with either a scanned application form OR

Email with your:

Full name, DOB, address, email address, gender, next of Kin (or important person) 


You can Direct Deposit as per the banking details on the application form.

Urunga Sail Training Club – BSB 533000, Acc. No. 32855762 with your surname as reference.

OR you can pay on the day. (We take Active Kids vouchers)

Money a problem? We get that. Call us and we will sort something.

Or register online Start 1 and 2 – 11yrs and older

Start 1 (runs consecutively with Start 1 and 2 course) – for years 7, 8, 9, and 10

Day #1 format is as follows:

We would like to keep all our Volunteers and Instructors safe so we follow COVID 19 rules so everyone visiting the Club will need to clean and sanitise your hands before entering, observe physical distancing where possible and if you have had symptoms of a sore throat, runny nose etc. or if you have tested positive to Covid 19 in the past 8 days then please do not attend and advise the secretary beforehand. As a Club it is necessary for all visitors to sign the attendance book upon entry. 

Day 1 – 9:30am arrive. If you have not paid or provided paperwork, can you please be at the club by 9:30 am so we can register you for insurance purposes.

10:30am. We like all our students to arrive by 9:30am ALWAYS.

That gives you time to get changed, get a cuppa, your PFD (personal flotation device) for the day, fill water bottles etc and be ready to go at 10am. This applies to every week.


  1. Meet and greet welcome by the Club including morning tea.
  2. Tour of facilities and change rooms for those who have not been to the club before.
  3. Meet the instructors and induction briefing where we try to answer all your questions.
  4. Safety First Briefing.
  5. Getting out on the water. (Weather permitting)
  6. Hands-on sailing for participants.

12.30 – 1pm. Return to clubhouse for a quick debrief and change. Relax and enjoy a coffee or drink or snack, or (pre-arranged) meal with the group.

Hope you had a great day – Go home and look for a boat on the net with a cold drink!

Please remember, NO SHOES – NO SAIL. Crocks and thongs are NOT suitable for sailing. An old pair of sandshoes, dive boots, etc are ok. Many of the cheap beach shoes will come off in the mud. Yes, there is some mud at low tide.

Remember also hat (preferably one that won’t come off in the water), sunnies, sunscreen, rashie, water bottle, snacks (i.e. chewy bars/fruit), towel, a change of clothes, windproof jacket.

Read the Course Requirements documents again – supplied when you register.

Courses go for 5 weeks and run 3 times per year corresponding with school terms (except winter) – and all are weather permitting.

Courses run February, April (May), and October.

We will advise you of any cancellations due to the weather.

These National Small Boat Sailing courses will progressively teach you how to sail dinghies and catamarans on the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers using accredited Australian Sailing instructors, providing a safe and enjoyable introduction to small boat sailing. The course will be held over 5 weeks and is an introduction to fundamental boat handling skills and essential water safety knowledge. These are group sailing lessons. The Start 1 Sailing Course (Children 10 and under) run consequently with the Start 1 and 2 Course.

Learn safety awareness and sailing equipment, wind awareness and rigging on a small boat and rope-work, capsize and crew recovery, sailing techniques – basic heave-to, primary boat controls, sailing to windward and downwind, gybing and tacking, care of equipment, coming alongside to a fixed anchored structure, port/starboard windward/leeward, keeping to channels, overtaking and reading tides, launching and recovery, lifting, trolleys, avoiding collisions and power/ sail right of way and towing.

Contact us for details

Or if you just want to try sailing, ask about the Discover Sailing Experience

COURSE – Discover Sailing Experience (DSE)

Runs for 2 – 3 hours

Experience 1. These are for members and their guests and are organised events so you will need to register – see the Events page where these will be posted and details.

Experience 2. Never sailed before? Not sure if it’s what you want to do? These are for one off Discover Sailing Experiences – these are conducted with an experienced skipper at the helm. For individuals or come as an organised group. See our DSE page or contact us for more details.

To sign up for the

Australian Sailing Start Sailing 1 and 2 course.

Phone or text Derek on 0427 115 892 or

or Kerry 0490 349 378 or 

All courses are run subject to minimum numbers and availability of Instructors.

Please Note. All dates and courses subject to minimum student numbers and all payments being made prior to course commencement unless other arrangements have been made with the USTC. All dates and courses are run subject to the prevailing weather conditions, and any cancellation is at the discretion of the USTC.

Contact Derek 0427 115 892

or email us at:

Urunga Sail Training Classes

Sail Training Classes

 Saturday morning – 9:30am to 1:00pm

Don’t forget to bring your own sunscreen and a hat – See the course requirements form below. Also bring family, friends, and lunch, or we have a superb fish and chip shop in town


Our Training area is a safe place for the whole family.

Our instructors are always available to ask questions.

Updated 12-3-2024