Meet The Team

Tom Nelson


  • Yachting Australia Keelboat Instructor


  • Diploma of Applied Science, Marine UTAS


  • State High Performance Sailing Coach


Discover Sailing School instructors are a highly skilled, Yachting Australia and RYA trained team.


  • We offer simple, straight forward, relaxed national sail training sylabus learning, from Beginners to Advanced


  • Lake and off-shore blue water cruising


  • Training in technial skills such as celestial navigation


  • We'll also train you on your own yacht, providing yacht satisfies the national standards for training (conditions apply)


Past students include:
- Sydney Hobart race crew
- Antarctic cruise participants
- Female 'round the world' single hand sailor
- Commercial skippers
- Pleasure, cruise and racing yacht owners
- As far as we know .. all still sailing

Thank you again for the great experience of sailing & navigation

Nigel Everest


Just back from my first proper voyage (to the Antarctic with Tony Moybray). Writing this with broken ribs, fell out of my bunk on a big wave. The world is now my Oyster.

Gordon Greaves


Thank you for all your help while I was in Australia, your introduction to sailing clubs and people. Smoothing off the wrinkles in my technique.


Nataza Caban, 1st Polish girl to sail around the world alone

Thank you for a wonderful 3 days. With a great teacher. You explain everything so clearly that I have learnt everything I came to learn & so much more. Your words of wisdom will echo though my ears thru the winds to come in my sailing life.

Gill Amos

Kenthurst, NSW

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Water, sun, rain, yacht, standing rigging, charts & maps, happy sails, cardinal signs, reefing the #2 headsail, extraordinary skills, the wind on your face as head close hauled down the lake.
The wild life, Percy the pelican, the octopus, razor clams, sea eagles a wonderful experience.

Natasha Morrisey & William Hell

Putney, London, England

Absolutely awesome 3 days. I am absolutely exhausted, a good sign. Tom you are a great & patient teacher we will be back! I love sailing, will be in touch with photo updates.


I have enjoyed learning to sail, & hope to own my own small boat some day. I have really enjoyed my experience immensely.

Simone Collins

McCully Gap, NSW

Thanks for everything, had a wonderful time. Don’t know what to write really, insert joke about knots? That’s knot funny!

Darius Schmaave

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