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

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 and includes

  • Safety 
  • Knowing your boat
  • Capsizing
  • Launching and Retrieving 
  • Sail Trim and boat trim
  • Steering
  • Rigging
  • Knots
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • Points of sail
  • Rules and Meanings

Who can do it?

Our junior program 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.  It is a safety requirement of the club that all sailors wear buoyancy vests when on the water. The club provides buoyancy vests to all course participants. 

When are the next courses?

We have a course in the October school holidays and a course in the January school holidays.​​

Please register interest here and we will contact you when the next course dates are confirmed.