The Sail4Fun sailing program has been created to teach Scouts to sail dinghies safely and competently in enclosed waters. The Program is developed around the requirements of the NSW Branch of the Australian Scout Association for the award of Level 1 & Level 2 Sailing Skill Qualification. The Program encompasses the requirements for the award of Yachting Australia Basic Skills 1 & 2. The syllabus for achievement of these qualification is below.Here is a link to the Scout Policy document, on which the syllabus is based.
The Sail4Fun program covers every aspect of the syllabus, commencing with Level 1 skills and moving through to Level 2 skill, as Scouts gain confidence and competence. This is achieved over a the period from November to March, excluding school holidays. The syllabus material is covered on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.
Examination and sign-off of students is undertaken by adults with the necessary skills and qualifications, as required by Scouts Australia and Yachting Australia.
Here is the Syllabus. Some items have links to material on this Website.
Level 2 2.1. Display a sound understanding of the requirements for dinghy sailing activities and limitations imposed upon the holder of a Level Two qualification. 2.2. Show a working understanding of the prevention, symptoms and treatment for hypothermia, sunburn, hyperthermia (heat stroke) and dehydration. 2.3. Correctly demonstrate how to rig a sailing dinghy without assistance from an instructor. 2.4. Demonstrate basic sail setting and helming techniques while sailing a dinghy around a marked course including windward, reaching and running legs in light to moderate conditions. 2.5. Demonstrate basic crewing and helming procedures for tacking and gybing a sailing dinghy. 2.6. Without guidance, demonstrate an effective capsize recovery drill. 2.7. As helmsman demonstrate an effective crew recovery drill without guidance. 2.8. Demonstrate correct care of equipment on and off the water. 2.9 Correctly demonstrate the tying of a clove hitch and truckies hitch and know their use. 2.10. With minimal assistance from an instructor correctly demonstrate how to bring a sailing dinghy alongside a fixed and/or moored/anchored structure or vessel. 2.11. With limited instructor guidance demonstrate observance of basic collision rules: Sailing on opposite tacks, sailing on same tack, overtaking, passing port to port 2.12. Identify four different distress signals that may be encountered during a sailing activity on enclosed waters. 2.13. Correctly identify the following navigation marks and explain their meanings: Cardinal, Lateral, Isolated Danger, Safe Water, Special 2.14. Identify storm clouds building and display a basic understanding of the weather shift that occurs during a summer cool change. 2.15. Identify gusts and lulls whilst on the water 2.16. Be able to determine the time and height of high and low tides from a tide table. 2.17. Correctly identify the approximate time between high and low tides. 2.18. Produce a logbook showing evidence of having gained at least 15 hours dinghy sailing experience additional to the hours gained in completing a Level One dinghy sailing qualification.