Our Learn to Sail Instructors are qualified Yachting New Zealand Dinghy coaches.
Lasers Courses - Adults and Young Adults
The next Laser learn to sail sessions will be starting in October 2019, with sign ups open now! The registration form is here.
Optimists - Juniors
The next Optimist learn to sail sessions will be starting in October 2019, with sign ups open now! The registration form is here.
How do I register?
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:
- Sneakers, aqua socks, Wetsuit booties or similar to protect your feet on the launching ramp, and for warmth,
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Click here to view training pictures of previous sessions.
The following is a brief outline of key points we will teach you for the Yachting New Zealand Level 1 & 2 sailing curriculum:
- Health and safety (both personal and the boat, eg life jackets, rescues and emergencies)
- Develop basic boat care
- Know the names of basic parts of the boat and rig
- Tie basic knots
- How to rig a boat
- Launch and retrieve boats safely
- Develop basic wind awareness
- Know the basic points of sailing
- Sail upwind, downwind, and reach with control
- Capsize and right boats
- Tack and gybe boats
- Get out of "irons" effectively
- Know the basic sailing rules, including laws of the sea