Introduction to Bridge

New players start with the 6-week “Introduction to Bridge” which is designed to teach participants the mechanics of playing Bridge, as well as give them an understanding of basic bidding and play. Click here for starting dates and lesson fees.

The 10-week "Bridge Basics" follows, expanding on the basic concepts taught in the first 6 weeks, and introducing some new ideas.

5 Essential Conventions

With this beginner program complete, ideally, players now spend some time playing Supervised Bridge and consolidating what they have learnt so far. When they are ready, their next set of lessons “5 Essential Conventions”.  By the end of “5 Essential Convetions”, most players have moved up to play in the Rookie game.

Already playing regularly?

For those wanting to know more, we offer "Develop Your Skills"  and "Gentle Hand Analysis", aimed at players who have completed “Build on the Basics”, and/or have been playing Bridge for at least a year. Bidding, defence, and declarer play are all targeted, and Hand Analysis is used to consolidate these skills. These players will be thinking about moving up from Rookie to Restricted play.

The “Broaden Your Skills” program advances the concepts and ideas learnt at the Improver level, and participants will typically be aspiring to play in the Open game.

For our up-to-date Lessons Schedule - please click here.

Director Teaching

Talks are given by the directors before some of the sessions, more details below.

Here is what our previous students have said...

We enjoyed the lessons and are delighted that we’ve been introduced to bridge.
I would like to thank you Liz for being such a good teacher as you have generated so much interest in us for Bridge. You have made the lessons so interesting without losing the humour - it has started to make sense for us.
I have really enjoyed the course & I have found Liz to be an excellent teacher.
I have really enjoyed the course and I do appreciate all the planning and hard work that a course like this entails.

I’ve really enjoyed Beginner’s Bridge on-line – I’ve found it very convenient and a great way to learn bridge basics. The teachers (Anita and Liz) are just fantastic and their on-line lessons are well structured with helpful handouts and practice hands. As the lessons are on-line they are also recorded which means they can be replayed as a refresher whenever you want. I particularly enjoy the on-line weekly practice sessions with my bridge partners (and new friends). It is an opportunity to both practice what was learnt in the lesson that week and also to have a good chat and catch-up. The support provided by Kay, Gary and the team also ensured that any technical or IT issue that arose was quickly resolved.

- Nerida C

I had initially been disappointed not be able to attend face to face Bridge classes, with online being my only option, but I have found the online classes to be highly interactive and very well organised. Being able to replay the lessons has been a huge help, as has the many practice sessions. I can highly recommend online Bridge classes as a great way to learn bridge! 

- Belinda K

I joined the classes because they were online and, moving around as I do, it didn’t matter where I was as long as I had my iPad I could join in or watch the recorded lesson later on. In practice sessions I enjoyed the interaction with friends I might not have seen as often and made new friends learning a challenging and possibly addictive game. And all with support teachers magically popping up onto the screen to help. A fun way to learn.

- Susan L

Learning bridge online was surprisingly really good. The teachers were very clear, thorough, and good with technology, and the slides were very efficient I didn’t have to factor in the travel time, and if missed a class it was easy to watch the lesson at a later stage as a recording. Playing games online is actually really good too. No dealing, no counting, you always know whose turn it is, and it’s very clear to see each other, discuss the Bridge and work together. I think, moving forward, online lessons and games could actually be my preference. 

- Sally F


Director Teaching pre-game

 TuesdayEast Lindfield1:30pm4:00pmRookiesJohn Newman
North Shore Bridge Club, Lindfield, Roseville, Willoughby, Chatswood, Killara, Gordon
John Newman

This East Lindfield session will be run by John Newman. There will be a free 30-minute lesson from 1.30pm till 2.00pm. Then 18 boards will be played, finishing around 4.00pm.

John is a very experienced bridge player and a great presenter of lessons, so do come and join him on Tuesdays at 1.30pm at East Lindfield.


 WednesdayEast Lindfield10:00 am1:00 pmOpenSue Crompton
North Shore Bridge Club, Lindfield, Roseville, Willoughby, Chatswood, Killara, Gordon
Sue Crompton

Sue Crompton will be running a 15-minute free lesson at 9.45am on Wednesdays at East Lindfield, before the duplicate game at 10.00am.

All attending will receive notes on the lesson to take home and study at their leisure. Please come along. All players will get something out of the lesson to improve their game.


 MondayEast Lindfield7:00pm9:30pmSupervisedJenny Barnes
North Shore Bridge Club, Lindfield, Roseville, Willoughby, Chatswood, Killara, Gordon
Jenny Barnes


This East Lindfield session will be run by Jenny Barnes.  There will be a free 15-minute lesson from 6:45 to 7pm, prior to the Supervised and Rookie games at 7pm.

Notes on the lesson will be emailed to all attendees.   

All welcome, with or without a partner.

Supervised Play Sessions

These games are ably led by directors Jenny Barnes and Allan Pike, and their team of helpers (Ann Pettigrew, June Straw, Sandra da Silva, Fiona Lavery, Kay Moyes and Liz Wilkinson).  New players are most welcome, no partner needed.  Here, our newest players can enjoy playing duplicate Bridge in a fun environment, with the safety of knowing that help is always at hand.


Face-to-face at East Lindfield:   
  • Mondays at 9.45 for 10am, with a short talk first. 
  • Mondays at 6:45 for 7pm, with a short talk first.
  • Thursdays at 10am
  • Saturdays at 1pm (from June 1st, 2024)