LEARNING to handle even a tiny dinghy could be an entree to a lifetime of pleasure sailing. Australia’s extensive coastline is dotted with numerous sailing clubs and schools that offer instruction to novices. Starter classes for children and adults at Queensland’s Maroochy Sailing Club, for example, include training in boat handling and safety, rigging, ropework and rescue, and basic sailing techniques and theory aboard a 14ft Vagabond dinghy. Hot tip: pack a change of clothes — just in case. A three-hour class is $45, but consider a six-session program to really get into the swim of things. More: learn2sail.com.au.