SIA keelboat crew course

Keelboat Crew Course

A new course for Sail in Asia. The Keelboat Crew course is perfect for young people and in particular students aged 14-21.

The 2 day Keelboat Crew Course offers you the chance to get out on Phuket's beautiful clear tropical waters and learn to sail one of the exciting new generation keelboats.  The course is aimed at 2 days of practical sailing with very little shore time in a classroom. You learn through practical experience and the theory, is taught on the yacht too. Review the syllabus below for a fuller picture of what is taught. Have a look at our sailing area in South East Phuket and you'll see why this course is perfect for learning to handle a keelboat.

What is a Keelboat?

A keelboat is a day sailing boat with no accommodation with a permanent keel. That's the keel sticking down into the water.  It has two main uses.

  1. It reduces how much the boat is pushed sideways by the wind.
  2. Being heavy it helps to keep the boat upright.

Keel boats a stable, not like a dinghy, more like a yacht. The Platu is a fast, fun keel boat. In windy weather you will certainly get wet!! We have 6 of these yachts now so they are ideal for group trips and competitive or fun racing.

Keelboat Crew - Yacht training

When you go on Sail In Asia's new ISSA Keelboat Crew course, you'll be entering a new world. Are these yachts that behave like dinghies, - or dinghies that sail like yachts? Well ... the answer is "yes they are" - both descriptions are true, depending on your perspective. The best sailors all start in dinghies or keelboats.  The skills and knowledge learnt in these lighter, more performance oriented craft are what make crew and skippers more in tune with the boat and nature. The  Keelboat Crew Course will have you sailing this yacht in all directions effectively and with confidence by course end.  This suits students with absolutely no previous experience, age range from 11 - 55 and with generally good co- ordination and balance.

Keelboat Crew - School Groups

This course is ideal for School trips and adventurous journeys as required by the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

  • The D of E International award requirements are fully met with the ISSA Skippers Courses course.  Call us and see what we can do for your school.
  • We can take up to 35 students on our Platu Fleet and this is accompanied by a safety boat as well.  So stop dreaming about it!  Get on with booking your Sail In Asia Keelboat course!




1) Reducing sideways movement resulting from wind pressure on the sails.



2) Keeping the boat upright and stable

Introduction to Sailing a Yacht

Additional Details:

Course details

  • Rigging the boat
  • Simple Knots
  • Parts of the sail
  • Wind Awareness
  • Steering under power
  • The Outboard Engine Checks
  • Controls of a boat
  • Tacking and gybing
  • Effective sail trim - using tell tales
  • Mainsailand and Jib trim
  • Leaving and coming back to the mooring under engine
  • Handling the keelboat under sail
  • Weather - wind direction
  • Points of sail
  • Tides and Currents - the essential basics
  • Using a tender
  • Essential sailors knots

Previous experience: none required

Duration: 2 days


Keelboat Skipper

We can help you with the following on request:
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfer
  • Motor Bike or Car Rental
  • What to do and where to go in Phuket


Course Dates:
Keelboat Crew Courses start on

1st - 2nd and 15th - 16th  of every month

Not the right dates for you? Contact us, we can often arrange other dates.  Private courses are possible if you give us enough time to schedule them in.

Book 60 days early for a great discount!

This course is only available in Phuket

This course is only available in Selangor on request.

This course is only available in Phuket

Course Prices

Location Duration (days) Early Booking Discount Price (THB)
60 Days Before 30 Days Before Full Price
 Phuket (TBC) 2 13000THB  15000THB  17000THB
Keelboat Crew Course

Keelboat Crew Course

Duration: 7 Days