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.
Not only does adventurous education impact on children's personal and social development, learning new skills, confidence-building and raised self-esteem, but it also creates opportunities for children to learn about their natural environment.
Why Choose Funcats?
Over 45 years of experience
Funcats currently works with 14 schools in WA
All safety equipment provided
Safety equipment including life jackets will be provided and every child is required to wear one whilst sailing
Certified Sailing Instructors
Our staff have formal instructor qualifications with Sailing Australia.
Working With Children's Check
Senior First Aid Certificate
Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
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.
Learn to work with others
Learn a new and fun skill that they will keep for life
Learn practical safety skills in and around water
Our program teaches students:
The names of the major parts of a sailing boat
How to Rig & prepare a boat
Basic boat handling skills
How to skipper
Tacking and gybing
Leave and return to the shore
Safety on the water
Adjusting the shape of the sail
Best angle to the wind
Going upwind and downwind
Sail around a set course
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?