School Sailing Program


Why Choose Us?

All safety equipment provided

Safety equipment including lifejackets will be provided and every child is required to wear one whilst sailing

All instructors have the following qualifications

- Working with Children's Check

- CPR Certificate

- Skippers Ticket boat licence

- Senior First Aid Certificate



Over 45 years of experience teaching schools

Funcats currently works with 14 schools in WA

Certified sailing instructors

Our staff have formal instructor qualifications with Sailing Australia.


Skills & Outcomes

Funcats has been providing sailing education and training for over 45 years. We have the equipment, resources, and a team of passionate instructors who continue to meet educational and government standards.

By the end of the sailing program, students will:

Have learned safety on the water

Be able to rig & prepare a boat

Understand what the different roles are in sailing [skipper and crew]

Know how to leave & return to shore

Understand how wind affects the boat

Be able to tack and gybe the boat

Be able to adjust the shape of the sail

Have learned how to sail upwind & downwind

Know how to sail around a set course

Have learned the fundamentals to sail the boat with a partner


About Us

Our Story

Funcats Watersports has been providing School sailing programmes since 1975. The business was in fact set up specifically to provide this service.

We provide a professional and highly enjoyable sailing programme for Schools. We are able to cater for whatever your needs may be, from whole term tuition, to single day programmes, and everything in between.


We have progressed from a sail training school to include both kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Having paddle craft gives us the ability to keep sailing students active on days where we have no wind. They are also available 12 months of the year to be used for specific paddling classes


Our site is arguably the best in Australia for learn to sail programmes. Our area of operation is speed limited to 8 knots and the water depth is very shallow, so it is quite rare for us to be sharing the water with other river users. On most occasions the prevailing winds blow across our site, so we are able to ensure that when the time comes to head everyone home we can do this with little fuss, and have students back on the bus in good time.


Are the children sailing on their own?

Children will be sailing in a team of typically 2-3 students. We have qualified sailing instructors who give a thorough lesson as well as on-water training where they coach from a dinghy.

What age is suitable for the sailing program?

Our sailing programs are often a part of a school's outdoor education programs which means that the ages of students is typically between 14-17 (Year 9-12).

What should the children wear whilst sailing?

Students are welcome to wear what is comfortable and is in line with the school's policies. The students will get wet whilst sailing, so a change of clothes and a towel is strongly advised. 

Do we need to bring any equipment?

Funcats provides all necessary sailing equipment including life jackets and all necessary safety equipment.

What happens if it is bad weather?

We'll get on the water as much as possible, but this is weather dependent and the safety of your students comes first. 

During storms, we do not allow anyone out on the water as it is unsafe., On very windy days we discuss with teachers about whether they would prefer to swap to a land-based teaching session. 

Who will be instructing the children?

Our passionate sailing instructors are qualified and have completed formal instructor qualifications with Sailing Australia. WE also make it mandatory for every instructor to have their current Senior First aid certificate, working with children's check, police clearance and and Skipper Ticket boating licence.

Frequently Asked Questions



Thanks a million for teaching us how to sail your catamarans. We really enjoyed it and we're glad we didn't get blown to South Australia! See you again in the future!" ​


- The children from Santa Maria College 


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Contact Us

0408 926 003


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