Frequently Asked Questions

Membership FAQ
Sailing FAQ
General FAQ





What are your membership options?
Please click here to view our membership categories and pricing

What is your membership year?
01 July - 30 June

Do you offer a family membership?
No, all our memberships are per person. However, if you are a Full Sailing Member and you register 2 x Junior Members. You are entitled to 1 x additional house voucher book.

Do you offer reciprocal membership?
At this time we don't have reciprocal arrangements with any other yacht club

Do you offer discounts should I join the club towards the end of the season.
Should you not have been sailing or been at the club at the beginning of the season and you would like to join towards the end discounts can be offered. Please speak to a Flag Officer or see the Registrar in the club office.

Can I just join my child and not the parent?
No, all junior/intermediate members must have a parent/guardian as a Social Member or Full Sailing Member as well.

What are house support vouchers?
House support vouchers are a book of vouchers for the shop/bar included within your full sailing membership (valued at $120)
The vouchers are valid for an entire season and can be used for purchases in the shop and bar. Can not be used for merchandise, meal night or function tickets.

Extra voucher books can be purchased subject to availability.

Do I have to pay boat registration fees if I'm not racing? and I have more than 1 x boat do I have to pay two boat registrations?
Yes boat registration fees are payable even if you are not racing.
Yes, boat registration is per boat. If you have two boats at the club, you must pay two boat registrations.
Please note however boat registration is included in junior memberships. 

Are you a KidSport Club?
Yes, we are a KidSport Club.
KidSport enables eligible Western Australian children aged 5 to18 years to participate in community sport by offering them financial assistance of up to $150 per calendar year towards club fees. For details, please click here

I want to sail but my partner doesn't want to/not sure, how can they be involved?
Many of our members have partners and family that don't sail. Instead, they enjoy doing other things at the club such as volunteering on the water on the safety boats, race management. Helping onshore in the canteen or bar or simply enjoying a relaxing afternoon by the river under the trees or on the balcony.




When is the sailing season and what days are sailing conducted?
The sailing season each year runs from mid-October through to mid-April. 
Sailing is conducted on Saturdays and sometimes a couple of Sundays for special race days for some fleets.
Some long weekends and mid-December to mid-January each year the club is closed as our fleets are sailing at other clubs.
Check the upcoming events page to see our program.

What time does sailing commence?
Racing starts from 2.00 pm on Saturdays. Please see the sailing noticeboard at the club for your class official start time.
Junior training commences at 9.00 am Saturdays

Where can I find the class course sheets?
All members who have paid there boat registration fee, receive a  laminated course sheet in their membership pack.
You can also view the course sheets online here

Where are the sailing instructions?
These can be found here

Where do I sign on before I go out on the water on Saturdays?
Please sign on at the sign on sheets for each class, located under the sailing noticeboard in the outside area near the canteen.

I just want to crew on a boat, how do I go about this?
We often have sailors looking for crews. If you would like to crew. Be active around the club and get to know people so you can personally express your interest in crewing on their boat. The second way is to use our Club email and make an offer to crew. Please email your preference for boat type and your sailing experience and we can let our members know. Please note however you will still need to become a  Full Sailing member of PDSC even if you are a crew 

What fleets does PDSC sail?
Mudlarks, Open Skiffs, Jay-Dees, 29ers, Herons, Signets, Sabres, Cherubs, Foilling (WASZP & Moth) Javelin and I14. PDSC does not have a mixed dinghy fleet at this time.

Is there a place to leave valuables while I'm out sailing?
Yes, please ask at the Office/or canteen for this process. Do not leave valuables in the changerooms while sailing.

Do you offer a junior learn to sail program?
Yes, we do on Saturday mornings at 9am. For more information on this, please click here

Why is the junior training always conducted in the morning?
As we are a volunteer club, our coaches are sailors themselves. Therefore coaching is conducted in the morning to allow the coaches to rig their own boats and race in the afternoon.

What do I need to bring to the junior learn to sail training?
Please bring with you a towel, bathers, sunscreen, hat, water bottle and a change of clothes for your child. 
Parent assistance is encouraged therefore if you are in your bathers, shorts etc this is a great help.

What is your intermediate learn to sail program?
This is focused on our intermediate skiff classes Jay-Dee, 29er, and Cherub fleets and is conducted under our Skiff Academy banner. Training is conducted on Saturday mornings at 9am with special training events on some Friday Afternoons/Evening. These maybe covering areas such as Rules Night or special guest speakers – Past/Current Champions speaking about their achievements.
More information available here

Do you offer an adult learn to sail program?
PDSC unfortunately at this time does not offer Adult Learn to Sail Courses. For details on Adult Learn to Sail Courses at other clubs please visit the Discover Sailing website

Do you have onsite boat storage?
Yes, boat shed storage is available for Mudlarks, Open Skiff, Sabre, Signets and Herons and outside compound storage is available for Sabres, Signet, Herons, Foiling, Cherubs, 29ers, Javelin & i14s. All storage is subject to availability and subject to the required storage fee being paid. All boats or equipment stored at the club must be in the approved locations only. No trailers can be stored at the club during the week, except on race days
To view our boat storage policy click here

Do I need my own boat?
PDSC owns Mudlarks for junior training purposes. However, we don't own other dinghies or hire dinghies to members. 
If you would like to sail at PDSC maybe consider becoming a crew first before obtaining your own boat or have a look at our for sale listings.





How many members does PDSC have?
Approximately 300

Who is the PDSC Committee?
Please click here to view the PDSC Management Committee and Officials

When does the Management Committee Meet?
The Management Committee meets on the first Tuesday evening of the month (except January)

What is the role of the Class Captain?
Class Captains are the person in charge of each fleet of boats at the club. Their role is to liaise between Club Management and the class with any sailing or class matters.
They also raise and take down the class flag on each sailing day and liaise with the club handicapper for any handicap adjustments required.
If new sailors come into the fleet the class captain assists with showing the new sailors around.

When is the AGM?
the AGM is usually the first Thursday in August, Reports on the club finances, class reports and reports on club management are provided. The election of the Management Committee is also held.

What is a Flag Officer?
The Flag Officers are the Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodores.  A commodore sets the direction which the club will follow and manages the club. This person also chairs the committee meetings. Vice Commodore this person is second in command. Rear Commodore, this is the third  & 4th person in command. Flag Officers are generally in each role for 2 years and move up the ranks. They are voted in by the Members at each AGM.

I have an idea, feedback or comments for the club. Where do I send this?
All comments, ideas and feedback are to be directed to the Club Secretary secretary@perthsailing.org.au.
should it be class specific. Direct this to your class captain for the class who can then direct to the club.

When is the club office open?
As we an unstaffed volunteer club. The club office is only open on Saturdays between 11am and 1pm during the sailing season. For all other times email is the best way to communicate with us.

What time does the canteen open?
11.30am - 2pm and then 3.30pm - 5pm
Self serve tea and coffee available 

What time does the bar open?
Bar opens at 2pm on Saturdays.
Bar is also open on some Fridays 5pm - 8pm

Do you have EFTPOS
Yes EFTPOS and credit card payments are accepted in the office, bar and shop

Do you hold social events?
Yes, we hold meal nights throughout the season after racing. Information on buying tickets is provided prior to the event in the weekly newsletters, facebook and the website. The PDSC bar is also open some Friday evenings. We also hold a Junior and senior presentations which are held in May after the season closes. Members are encouraged to stay back after racing and enjoy a drink at the bar. BBQs are available for use as well and you are welcome to bring a meal or use a delivery service.

What time is presentations after racing?
Presentation is generally 6pm on Saturdays. Delays may occur if results are still being finalised.
For juniors racing in the morning, a smaller scale presentation is conducted by the boatshed after racing concludes.

What is a bell ring?
The ringing of the bell will automatically require the member ringing the bell to pay $10 to the bar.
Bell is generally rung by members for winning a race, special occasions, or if you do something silly on (or off) the water)

If I'm a member can I access the club change rooms and toilets on days when the club isn't open?
Yes, doors to both the female and male change rooms/toilet are coded. Please see the Office if you are unsure of the code.

The car park is full, where is additional car parking.
Additional car parking is available along Hackett Drive or across at UWA closest parking to PDSC is by the UWA Tennis Courts (Car Park 1) See link to map here

Can we hire the hall for a function?
The hire of the PDSC clubrooms will only be approved to current financial or life members of the club. All applications to hire the clubrooms must be in writing using the application form in the hall hire policy and must be approved by the PDSC Management Committee.
The PDSC Management Committee will review every application on its merits and potential risks. The PDSC Management Committee reserves the right to refuse any application if it is considered that such a booking is not in the best interest in the preservation of its clubrooms.

Hall will not be available for hire on days when the club is open for sailing events.

For more information please see the hall hire policy available here

How can I list my boat on the For Sale page?
Please note we only advertise boats of classes we sail at PDSC. Please email info@perthsailing.org.au, if you would like your boat or equipment listed.

Can I park at the club during the week for work or study?
All members are able to park on the grounds on sailing days (Saturdays during the sailing season). However, on non-sailing days vehicular access to the grounds will be restricted to members with approval to park. Ordinary (Full) Members, Student Members and Life Members will be able to park in the PDSC grounds at any time but will need to obtain an electronic key fob (with payment of a $5.50 non-refundable deposit). Social (Associate) Members can apply for permission to park in the PDSC on non-sailing days but will need to pay an additional parking fee of $110/season (or $55 for a half-season or university semester) and obtain an electronic key fob (with payment of a $5.50 non-refundable deposit). 

More information can be found in our parking policy here

Can I purchase merchandise online?
Yes you can, our full range of merchandise is available online and can be viewed here

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