This page is for junior courses – for Adult courses see Adult Learn to Sail page

Youth Learn To Sail

Our youth Learn To Sail course is designed to introduce children aged 9 to 14 years (and their parents) to sailing as a sport. Previous sailing experience is not required.

Our club provides two courses each season. All our courses are directed by our Yachting NZ qualified coaches with assistance from our youth sailors.

Who can do it?

Our junior programme is designed for children aged 9 to 14 years. Sailors must be able to swim a distance of 50 meters and remain in the water for 15 minutes unaided with a buoyancy vest. Sailors will be asked to demonstrate this in the swimming pool at the beginning of the course.It is a safety requirement of the club that all sailors wear buoyancy vests when on the water. The club provides buoyancy vests and boats to all course participants.

For water safety reasons, children with behavioral and/or learning difficulties cannot be accepted on the course.

What’s involved ?

The course starts with an introduction evening held at Te Rauparaha Arena and Aquatic Centre. At this introductory session, you get to meet the coaches, find out the details of the course, what to expect, what we expect, and the clothing and gear you will need.

Course participants will get the chance to right a capsized optimist yacht, and to show us that they can swim 50m in a life jacket, all this in the safety and warmth of the pool. Bring togs, towel and a buoyancy vest if you would rather use your own.

Following the introductory session, the sailing course is held over five two-hour sessions on two successive weekends and the subsequent Friday evening. All course days are either sailing or theory sessions.

One of the sessions is scheduled to coincide with the club racing day to give course participants the opportunity to meet other sailors and watch club racing.



When is the next course?

The dates for the next sailing course have not yet been set, but are likely to occur in October 2019.

Keep visiting this website for confirmation of the dates and for opening of registrations.

Any questions?
Please contact the club secretary at