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Outperform other dinghy programs through:

  •   best practice

  •   long term membership retention

  •   centre of excellence for sailors

  •   blue sky development for coaches and sailors

  •   accountability, lower cost, operating surplus

a better way for clubs to engage families & local communities in sailing





Our Structured Learning Methodology (SLM) approach has proven transformative for long-term dinghy sailing programs, offering a structured and sustainable framework for engagement and growth. The SLM organisation uses a holistic approach that is simpler to operate and more effective compared to other systems which invariably fail.


Key strengths of the SLM model include a focus on a founding agreement and the empowerment of the coaching group to lower operating costs, be accountable for growth and retention, and continuously improve. Supporting the coaching group is a state-of-the-art behavioral science methodology adapted as a sailing program.

By providing a holistic system designed to address the challenges faced by traditional sailing programs and offering a roadmap for sustained success, SLM empowers people to organize in a way that benefits participants and ensures the viability and success of sailing programs. It also generates income and engages hundreds of people (sailors, coaches, families) around sailing activities, fostering unity of purpose that supports competencies and long-term outcomes.


SLM begins with a founding agreement where coaches adhere to its guidelines, providing the necessary control to deliver long-term benefits. Government grants and sponsorships further enhance the potential to acquire equipment and improve infrastructure. 


Once the SLM program is operational, the host club can enjoy a viable sailing program with a growing membership base. In a short time, the club becomes ideally suited for volunteers to engage in building an active off-the-beach sailing program with social and sailing events for the broader membership.

SLM began in 2002, testimonials from some of Australia's most successful coaches and sailors validate the effectiveness of this approach, highlighting the potential for coaches, sailors, volunteers, and clubs to thrive within the SLM environment.

Please take the time to contact the website to discover why your sailing program could benefit significantly by adopting the SLM approach. 


Stronger sailing clubs with active sailing programs and functional community relationships.


  • Start-up and operational guidance using cash flows, surpluses and sponsorships

  • Online tools, program curriculum and coaching support to develop their careers

  • Guidance to compete effectively with rival sporting codes and with other sailing programs through better quality, growth, retention and lower marginal cost

  • Community engagement in sailing in small or large sailing clubs in regional or city centres



 cornerstone to an Active Sailing Program, a busier club environment 


Proposal documentation adapted to club circumstance for management consideration.  


Advice to implement SLM Dinghy Training & Development necessarily starting with a small coaching group who begin with children aged 8-10 and an SLM curriculum. The coaching group develop competent sailors progress in pools through junior, youth and adult stages.

Advice is available to the coaching group to apply themselves to the operating system to generate support and long-term retention. Coaching group performance improves through three stages of development.

As the SLM generates sailors and coaches, an opportunity will emerge to build and active off-the-beach sailing program 

Guidance is available to organise volunteers and support the club who will not be prepared for such increased activity.

Program proposal documentation is complimentary. Fee for services is pre-paid annually or as required.

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The SLM system is an amazing tool for sailing programs looking to turn their sailors into lifelong members of the sport. The program uses time-tested ideas with modern learning organisation principles to ensure sailors, coaches and clubs all benefit.
With a clear structure, open communication and high enrolment of all members and volunteers in an SLM program, great results can and have been achieved.
Don has created a methodology that not only showcases his passion for the continual development of clubs and community, but also enhances coaching effectiveness, and steers members into being lifelong contributors into the sport."     
 Ryan Palk - Sail Change

 "The SLM structure had a massive impact on my sailing career. When I moved to Perth I had no structure in my training and coming into a club that was run with this program accelerated my learning immensely and put me on the right pathway to reach my goals. Without it, my whole sailing experience would have been very different and I doubt I would have come as far as I have.   
Luke Elliott Sailing

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Don Elks

Perth, Western Australia

Tel:  0418116179

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