Our Instructors are qualified Yachting New Zealand Dinghy coaches.

Lasers Courses -  Juniors and Adults

The next Laser learn to sail sessions will be starting in October 2018, with sign ups open now! The registration form is here.

Optimists - Juniors

The next Optimist learn to sail sessions will be starting in October 2018, with sign ups open now! The registration form is here.

How do I register?

If you would like to ensure you are enrolled on the next training sessions, please fill out the relevant registration form linked above and e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. Places are limited and classes do fill out fast, so please register promptly as we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate all applicants.

If you are enrolled in the course we recommend that you attend all 6 sessions.

 What do I need to bring?

  • New trainees will be required to do a 50 m Swimming Test in their first Training session, so please bring a change of clothes for this test. If you need some swimming lessons to achieve this, you can visit the local YMCA swimming pool.
  • For sailing, please bring: 
  1. Sneakers, aqua socks, Wetsuit booties or similar to protect your feet on the launching ramp, and for warmth,
  2. Hat and sunscreen, the sun can be even stronger when reflected off the water, so please be careful to use sunscreen even on a cloudy day. A hat is useful for both sun protection and warmth. Make sure you can tie it down so you do not lose it!
  3. Warm clothing (thermals) or Wetsuit and a change of clothing and towel. Do not wear jeans or track pants for sailing as these can become heavy and therefore dangerous when wet.
  4. At the beginning and end of the day juniors and their parent/s are also expected to rig/derig the boats, clean them and assist with stowing them.
  5. Click here to view training pictures of previous sessions.

 Course Curriculum

The following is a brief outline of the key points we will teach you for Level 1 & 2 sailing:

  • Safety items (both personal and the boat)
  • Difference between a buoyancy aid and life jacket
  • Develop basic wind awareness Develop basic boat care How to rig a boat
  • Know the names of basic parts of the boat and rig
  • Tie basic knots
  • Capsize and right a boat
  • Launch and retrieve your boat safely
  • Launch and retrieve your boat safely
  • Know the basic points of sailing
  • Get out of "irons" effectively
  • Sail upwind, downwind, and reach with control
  • Tack and gybe your boat
  • Know the basic sailing rules and lots more fun thing

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