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.

When is the next course?

The next Learn to Sail course dates and times are shown below.

Sorry folks our January course is full now.  The next course will be starting in October 2019.  Exact dates will be updated here soon.

Session Date and time
(Introduction and Swim Evening)
Te Rauparaha Arena
Wednesday 16 Jan, 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Day 1 Saturday 19 Jan, 10 am – 2 pm
Day 2 Sunday 20 Jan, 10 am – 2 pm
Day 3 Monday 21 Jan, 10 am – 2 pm
Day 4 Saturday 26 Jan, 10 am – 2 pm
Day 5 Friday 1 Feb, 5 pm – 7 pm
(with course certificates awarded at the club’s social night afterwards from 7.30 pm till 9 pm)

The next course is in October 2019 and dates will be confirmed shortly.

What’s involved ?

The course starts with an introduction evening held at Te Rauparaha Arena and Aquatic Centre.

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.

All other course days are sailing and/or theory sessions.

Day 1-5: Sailing and/or Theory sessions. BYO lunch and refreshments.

First three sessions are scheduled over the long weekend. Fourth session is scheduled on the club’s racing day to provide course participants with an opportunity to meet other sailors and watch club racing. Last session is scheduled on Friday with course certificates awarded to those who successfully passes the course. Course certificates will be awarded at the Friday club night attended by all club members.


Fees and registration process

Note: January 2019 course is full but registrations for the next learn to sail course starting in October 2019 can be made below

Here is the link to the online registration form for the Youth Learn To Sail course. The fees are $350 including GST for the course. Fees are payable in advance by direct credit to the Club’s account 03-0547-0016903-00.

Your place is not confirmed until the registration information has been received and the fees have been paid.

Places will be allocated on a first-in-first-served basis in order of fees and registrations received.

All course graduates are entitled to discounted sailing membership for the season (50% of the junior membership fee) and can use club’s boats until the next Learn to Sail course.

Cancellations and refunds

As the courses are oversubscribed, refunds will not be given if you cancel your enrollment.

The course will run no matter what the weather.

Any questions?
Please contact the club secretary at