Most activities at the Pilot Station are delivered by the Centre Manager. However, providing you meet our ‘Minimum Criteria for Teachers’ and attend an Induction Day, you can deliver the activities yourself with the Centre Manager’s support if required. Please contact the Centre Manager for more details.

Here follows a list of courses currently available:
Introduction to Boating days
Introduce students to the water through safe, simple activities including sailing, kayaking, power boating, snorkeling for marine life, lifejacket use and general safety.
Maximum 20 students.
Sydney Heritage Fleet Experience
Experience a day in the life of a sailor in this 2day program, featuring an on-water day at the Pilot Station, and activities and an overnight stay on the Tall Ship James Craig.

Day 1: Various activities including kayaking, Stand Up Paddle boarding, life jacket exercises and general boating safety.

Day 2: Load cargo on board, set up your hammock, stay overnight on board, swab the decks, knot tying and tug o’ war, raise the sail, walk the jimboom.

For more details about booking this experience, visit Sydney Heritage Fleet
Maximum 40 students.
How to Book
1. Call (02) 9438 2077 or email with your preferred date, activity and contact details.

2. Once your activity and date has been agreed, you will be sent a booking form – complete and return, ensuring all information requested has been provided. Your booking will be confirmed by email.
How to Pay
You only pay for the number of students who attend on the day. The cost for each student is $10+gst per visit.

1. An invoice will be sent to the contact details on your booking form.

2. You can pay by EFT, cheque or credit card – details will be shown on your invoice.

3. A receipt will be issued once full payment is received.
Important Information
The Pilot Station provides on-water safety education using training vessels in the Bay, so students will be outdoors and on or in the water for the majority of their visit.
Students are required to bring with them:
• A towel
• Dry clothes (warm clothing to change into in colder months)
• Shoes suitable for being in the water
• A t-shirt or rash vest to wear whilst on the water
• Cap or hat, and sunblock.

If students wish to bring their own wetsuits or lifejackets, they are more than welcome to do so providing it is fit for purpose. This will be checked by the Centre Manager on the day.

There are no lockers on site, so please encourage students to leave valuables at home. We will not be held responsible for items stolen or damaged whilst taking part in activities.
General Rules of the Pilot Station
We want your visit to the Pilot Station to be educational and safe, and to be enjoyed by yourself and your students, the Pilot Station staff and the local Community. To achieve this, there are certain rules that we ask all students and teachers to abide by.

Code of Conduct for all visitors and staff
To act responsibly and with care, promote a culture of safety, and to treat the Pilot Station and its environment with respect leaving it as it is found.

The general rules for the Pilot Station are:
• Teachers are responsible for the behaviour and general health and safety of their students before, during and after the visit, and must remain with their group.
• All students are to behave courteously and responsibly if visiting local shops and cafes.
• Gibsons Beach is a public beach and is not to be used for training activities.
• All students are to remain in the designated areas during all teaching activities.
• The Pilot Station is a predominantly residential area. As such:

a) Please consider our neighbours – no loud swearing, shouting, screaming, loud music or generally disruptive behaviour.
b) Please arrive and leave quietly and with minimal disruption.
c) Place all litter in the bins provided.
d) No smoking or drinking alcohol in the vicinity of the building, beach or wharf.
e) Communication on water must not include whistles, air horns or loud hailers.

• All teachers and students must obey any reasonable instruction given by Pilot Station staff during the duration of their visit.
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Call us on
(02) 9438 2077 or
(02) 9337 2988
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Watsons Bay Pilot Station,
1A Marine Parade,
Watsons Bay NSW 2030