Welcome to Sailing

Why are we the Best Choice?

Pacific Sailing School commenced in 1977 and we have taught over 60,000 people how to sail on Sydney Harbour.
Sydney Harbour is our classroom and our expert instructors not only share their knowledge, but their deep passion for an exciting and challenging sport. We encourage our students to join the CYCA where we are based and we have sponsored over a 1,000 people thus far.
At Pacific Sailing School you'll learn to sail in a safe, friendly and supportive atmosphere. There are only four students per instructor and we focus on hands-on teaching. You'll get to try everything as we rotate you through the positions on board each lesson.

What we have to offer

We’re based in Rushcutters Bay, home to the prestigious but welcoming Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA).

After an exciting day on the water, we’ll return to the Club’s sundeck to share a drink, a casual meal and some tall tales of the day’s exploits.

Joining the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

Our principal Terry Wise is happy to introduce our students to become members of the CYCA. The benefits of membership include your club crew racing insurance.

You are also very welcome to print out your application and drop it to Terry Wise at the school.

CYCA members are offered discounts on our courses.

2.5 years ago I moved to Australia from the UK on my own. As 'Billy no mates' (as I left friends and family behind), I spent my first full day in Australia at a sailing lesson Pacific Sailing School . I had lessons, did my dayskipper course, various boat deliveries, raced on as many days of the week as possible whilst still being able to earn a living, with the goal of learning to sail as fast as possible, and working towards doing the #rolexsydneyhobart race, one of the world's most famous offshore races. Not only have I fulfilled a dream, but we won on phs handicap, came third out of all non professional crews (Corinthians), and to top it off I won 'Best on Boat'. Literally couldn't be happier!! 😍🎉
All of this wouldn't have been possible without my Aussie sailing family and friends through the advice, support, introductions, and generally making sailing so much fun. Thank you!! 😘 

FrancescaStarted sailing with PSS in 2016

-- World Sailing Safety and Sea Survival Course Review --

"Myself and the crew of the Winning Appliances completed the World Sailing Safety and Sea Survival course prior to this year’s Sydney to Hobart race. Terry was highly professional and the course was extremely valuable, as it helped everyone to understand their responsibilities and practice strategies and procedures to prevent and address emergencies at sea. I would highly recommend this course and Terry Wise to anyone considering doing an offshore race"

John WinningCEO of Winning Appliances Group

We wish to offer much appreciation for your kindness in going above and beyond in providing a young Canadian boy (that didn't know a soul in Sydney) a safe, happy environment for him to fulfil a challenging dream. Your encouragement and his determination allowed him to achieve an unbelievable accreditation. We are so, so proud of him and grateful to you!

Betty KelloughMother of Youngest Yacht Master in Australia