Mobile Boatshed for Schools & Groups

Our Mobile unit is able to deliver our sailing programs wherever there is water!

The Mobile Boatshed is the mobile unit of The Boatshed, operating courses across regional areas for Schools, Tertiary Institutions, Sailing Clubs, Community Groups and Camps.

The Mobile Sailing School was originally established by the Victorian Yachting Council in 1975 with the aim of providing the most economical means possible for anyone to experience sailing. Thanks for the unique mobility,  we have been able to introduce well over 50,000 people to sailing across countless waterways throughout Victoria.


Instruction is by qualified Instructors with many years of dinghy sailing and teaching experience.

The School is equipped with:

  • 15 Opti’s Dinghies or 6 Pacers
  • Inflatable coaching & safety craft with motor
  • Personal Floatation devices (PFD’s)
  • safety equipment
  • training equipment
  • Primary Schools Tackers
  • Sporting Schools Sailing
  • Primary School Sailing
  • Secondary School Sailing
  • Sailing for School Camps
  • Sailing for all abilities (Sailability)
  • Sailing for Community & Corporate Groups
  • All other Discover Sailing Courses
  • General Boating Safety Education


The Group Booking Scheme allows the Sailing School to be hired by any group, wanting to experience sailing.

Early in the course students will learn water safety, and will be confidently sailing small boats in a relaxed informal atmosphere whilst under careful supervision in a group sailing situation.

Scope of Activities: Tailored for beginners or advanced, ranging from half-day to day long introduction to sailing, following Yachting Australia guidelines.

Sailing School: Min 15, max at any one session 30
Cost: Min. $1,900 per day or call The Boatshed for a quote 03 9088 7207
Minimum Hire of School: 1 day


The Opti Dinghy is an off the beach training boat, equipped with 1 mainsail. The Opti is able to sail with up to 2 young children aboard (under 12 years of age).

The Pacer Dinghy is an off the beach training boatshed, equipped with 2 sails. The Pacer is able to sail with 2-3 participants (12+ years of age).


Courses can be structured to your requirements including:

  • Basic Rigging
  • Parts of a boat
  • Steering
  • Capsize
  • Sail Trim
  • Basic sailing techniques
  • Rules of the water
  • Water Safety
  • State Law


Courses are conducted by Australian Sailing’s The Boatshed and individual group bookings are taken. For inquiries or to tentatively book the Mobile Boatshed contact Ian Wall at Australian Sailing to discuss available dates and venues.

Phone: 03 9597 0066

Mobile: 0427 001 834



Inland lakes provide the most suitable venues as they are less disturbed by strong winds than large bays or the ocean coast, and hence sailing is nearly always possible.

Camping grounds and caravan parks can provide suitable camping for even quite large groups, alternatively many dormitory style school camps are available close to suitable sailing water. Some groups may prefer the luxury of Motel accommodation.

The Mobile Boatshed can assist with the selection of a suitable venue and can help with accommodation, catering and budgeting advice, if required.


Should the weather be so adverse as to prejudice the effectiveness of one or more days of a course such that sailing or theoretical instruction is not possible, substitute days or other equitable arrangements, will be negotiated.


Weather conditions may vary from cold to hot, so students should therefore bring:

  • Bathers
  • Towel
  • Wetsuit (if available)
  • Shorts (also ideal over wetsuit for protection)
  • Thermal clothing ideal if available
  • Polyester shirts and tops recommended.No Cotton
  • Woollen Jumpers or thermal jumpers/jackets x 2
  • Windproof / Waterproof Jacket
  • Old sneakers / Wetsuit Boots
  • Sun Hat / Woollen Beanie / Sunglasses
  • All hats and sunglasses preferably fitted with sports straps.
  • Sailing Gloves if available (Golf, weight lifting, bike gloves etc. are all good)

PFD’s are supplied by The Boatshed


Should you wish to make use of the School, please contact Ian Wall

The School operates throughout the year and Ian Wall is the Instructor-In-Charge. He or the Australian Sailing Victorian office can assist with program development, selection of a venue etc.

You can also contact The Boatshed by calling 9088 7207 or emailing


Tentative Bookings: May be made up to 12 months in advance and must be accompanied by a booking fee of $100 or an official purchase order.

The Sailing School reserves the right to cancel or reschedule bookings up to 3 months prior to commencement of course.


Bookings must be confirmed not later than 3 months prior to the course commencement date.

Confirmation of bookings must be accompanied by one third of the course fee or an official purchase order, less the tentative booking fee. ($50)


Cancelled and forfeited bookings will be offered to waiting application.

No fee is required for placement on waiting list, but bookings must be confirmed as above within 7 days of acceptance.


Supervision: For School Groups adult supervisors are required from the School for control and safety (not necessarily yachtsmen) as follows:

12 to 18 Students – 1 teacher

Over 18 Students – 2 teachers


The Sailing School will, where possible, sail as a separate group from other craft.

The Mobile Boatshed’s boats will be used only by the group’s students, and only with the Instructor’s permission.

The Mobile Boatshed’s Rescue Craft will be operated only by the Instructor or his nominee. No Sailing School boat will go afloat without this craft being either on the water or on standby.