Vaal Sailing Centre is situated at Lake Deneys Yacht Club (LDYC) in Deneysville Vaaldam.     The centre is an approved sailing school with South African Sailing (SAS) and International Sailing Federation (ISAF) accreditation.

The Centre is headed up by Austin Daly who is a qualified SAS Level 2 Senior coach and the centre has three SAS qualified Level 1 coaches and two SAS qualified Assistant coaches.

Sail training is available on Dinghies – mainly for kids and juniors, on catamarans and keelboats for juniors and adults, from absolute beginners to an advanced level and SAS certificates are awarded for each phase.    Juniors progress through five levels of competence with a view to progressing to competition stage.    Adults progress through two stages – Competent Crew and Inland Skipper on craft under 9M.

Boats are provided and the sailing centre in on the grounds of LDYC which has full clubhouse facilities, including accommodation options.  Courses are generally held over weekends but weekday training can be arranged for school groups and youth camps are held three times each year



Adult catamaran training is arranged on a needs to basis.    Training is done on Hobie 16’s with 2 participants.   We also have Halcats and Hobie14’s as



Vaal Sailing Centre runs 2-day keelboat beginners courses over weekends with a maximum of 4 participants.    The outcome of this course is Competent



Juniors and young beginners start their sailing experience on dinghies either one up or two up depending on age.    Everyone must at some time experience the

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GOING RACING Here it is race day. You’ve polished up your boat. Polished up your good manners so you won’t abuse you crew. And you are ready to race. But are you?