Learn to Sail programme (updated May 2016)

Our Yachting NZ Club Instructors are fully qualified to teach the Learn to Sail Programme.  We currently have Brooke Adamson teaching LTS1 with assistance from Heather Niccolls, and Mathew Leydon teaching LTS2.  In our next season, Heather will instruct LTS1, and Brooke LTS2.  We are yet to appoint a LTS3/Greenfleet coach.

Please contact Secretary Glenys Milne (09 4222 479) to enquire about our next Learn to Sail Programme which starts on Sunday 9th October and runs through until 11th December.  In 2017, we start on 12th February and run through to Sunday 9th April.


The primary school run an excellent Have A Go programme and this is often the first chance the children get to go out in sailing dinghies.  From this, they often join up to the 8-week Learn To Sail programme.  We teach sailing to children from the age of 8-9. There are 7 Optimist dinghies available for learner sailors to use free of charge during the Learn to Sail Level 1 Course. Arrive 8.30am to rig boats and be ready for 9.ooam start on the water.

Sailors progressing to Learn to Sail Level 2 and above, will need their own boat. A beginner Optimist dinghy ranges in price from $150 to $1000. It is best to buy a boat as soon as possible, so your child can have maximum time on the water. A wooden dinghy is a wise choice for beginners (as they may get knoecked around, advancing to fibreglass if your child showns intent on progressing with his/her sailing.  The boats are constantly being re-sold and we can help you find one. We encourage the use of Optimist dinghies in the LTS programme but understand this may be a problem for larger children or if you already have access to another type of boat.

The training system consists of a series of tasks, to be completed to the satisfaction of the coach, for the sailors to be awarded a final certificate. Some of these tasks are undertaken on shore (such as boat rigging and safety) others are achieved on the water with patrol craft in attendance for safety. There is a lesson plan booklet included which covers the content of the training, a valuable tool for parents and young sailors.

When sailors are confident they progress to racing which is an important part of learning to sail, because to be a competent sailor you have to be able to sail in any direction, in heavy and very light conditions.

The club day runs all day on Sunday with practising in the morning, come ashore for lunch and then for those who are keen, racing in the afternoon. Bring your lunch and picnic on the beach. When the weather is too rough to sail, we use those club days to catch up on onshore training such as knots, rules, and safety lessons.

Life jackets must be worn in all yachts by all ages. In rescue boats, children must also wear life jackets and the adults are expected to set a good example. Please bring a life jacket, a hat, sunscreen, togs, wetsuit, or a light parka that can be worn in the water, towel, lunch and drink.

We look forward to talking with you and teaching your child/children to sail.  All enquiries welcome.  Email Glenys at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Or phone 094222479 or 0274805051.