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

Youth Learn To Sail

Sailing offers a great deal to young people.  Among other things it builds confidence and teaches self reliance and problem solving skills.  Plus it is great fun, and a wonderful adventure pushing a boat off a local beach and going sailing with your friends.

The safe and beautiful waters of the Pauatahanui Inlet really are a wonderful place to 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.

The course covers the Yachting NZ level 1 skills in sailing.

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.

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 course consists of a 2 hour safety and introduction session followed by 20 hours of tuition over 5 days (3 full days and 2 evening sessions). All of these course days are sailing and/or theory sessions.

Please BYO lunch/refreshments on the full days.

When are the next courses?

Paremata Boating Club schedules two youth learn to sail courses per sailing season. One in October/November and one in January. The next course in January is during the school holidays. The dates are below.

January Course Dates
Introduction night: Monday 11 Jan 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm at the Te Rauparaha Arena Pool
Session 1: Thu 14th Jan 10am to 3 pm at Paremata Boating Club.
Session 2: Fri 15th Jan 10am to 3 pm at Paremata Boating Club.
Session 3: Mon 18th Jan 10am to 3 pm at Paremata Boating Club
Session 4: Tue 19th Jan 10 am to 3 pm at Paremata Boating Club

What happens after the course?

After the course is completed we hope young sailors absolutely love sailing and wish to continue sailing with us.  If so they are very welcome to join the club and graduates of the learn to sail course can do so at half price (currently $70).

Sailors who continue will be a part of the club’s ‘Rainbow’ fleet where they will continue to get coaching on every sailing session, and continue to learn about how to sail well as they have fun sailing with their friends. The emphasis is very much on fun sailing at this level.

The Rainbow fleet always sail at the club with a coach to look after them. They sail on Friday nights (from 4.30 pm till 7 pm) and Sundays at 1.30 pm.  Sailors can come to either or both of the Friday and Sunday sessions as their interests and time allows.

Rainbow fleet sailors are welcome to keep using a club boat (at no charge) until the next Learn to Sail course students start sailing with us.  After this point newer sailors get preference for club boats, but we can usually find a club boat if sailors wish to sail and have not got their own boat yet.  Often this is the time when keen sailors start looking for their own boat. We can help show what to look for at this stage depending on the interests and size of the sailor.

Keen to register?

Here is the link to the online registration form for the Youth Learn To Sail courseThe fees are $350 including GST for the course. Fees are payable in advance by direct credit to the Paremata Boating Club 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 the 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

Refunds will be given up to one month before the course starts.

As the courses are typically oversubscribed, after this point refunds will only be given if we can replace your booking on the course with another student.

The course will run no matter the weather, however we only go on the water when it is safe to do so of course (we have several off-the-water topics to cover that we will do in poor weather).  In the extreme case when bad weather stops us getting through the material on the water on the days scheduled, we may need to extend the course to ensure the course material is covered (This is very rare).

Any questions?

Please contact the club secretary at