Level 1 Learn to Sail Enrolments open for Oct Programme

Our Fantastic Learn to Sail Programme

Also known as LTS, the Level 1 and Level 2  Yachting NZ six week courses are very popular with kids and adults.

LTS operates on Sundays and currently we have two intakes. The Spring intake runs from late October to early December, and the Summer intake from late January / early February to early April.

New sailors without a yacht can utilise the club craft. There are plenty of Optimists available for kids, plus X3s, the wonderful RS Fevas and an RS Quest. Level 1 sailors are also not required to have a Club membership.

Each three-hour lesson consists of OFF THE WATER: learning about water safety, rigging yachts, tying knots, learning yacht components, discussing tides, weather, wind and sailing theory - and there is a sailing briefing followed by launching of yachts from the boat ramp.  ON THE WATER: sailing your yacht while being supported by coaches in patrol boats giving real-time lessons and advice - this can involve playing games, learning how to capsize, racing, learning tacking and gybing, learning how to hike out, wind direction - every lesson is different.

Every new sailor comes with different abilities and skills and therefore you'll be learning at your own pace with tailored advice and coaching especially for you. Once sailing has been completed for the day everyone sails back to the boat ramp, yachts are hosed down, derigged and stowed away. The lesson ends with a debriefing from the Head Coach to go over the specifics of the day and shared learnings. This is a highly interactive course with fun interspersed among the serious.

Each Sunday lesson starts at 9am and you can also confirm the dates on our sailing calendar.

Suggested age for children learning to sail is 9 years and up, and weight 35kgs minimum. It is a requirement that all course participants are able to swim at least 50 meters in light clothing whilst wearing a buoyancy aid. A 50m swimming test is part of the L1 course, and must be completed in order to pass. If you have any queries about the above please get in touch, we would be delighted to discuss.

Level 3 takes sailors up a notch, teaching racing, tactics and the finer points of sailing.  Also held on Sundays with our racing squad.

What to bring

  • Wetsuit. If you don’t have a wetsuit bring suitable clothing that can get wet. No cotton against the skin as it will make you cold. Thermals are good. It can get cold on the water even in Summer.
  • Wind-breaker. A light-weight parka or similar that can be worn over the top of a wetsuit and breaks the wind.
  • Hat. A peak cap is good, with a strap to clip it on to your life jacket or top in case it gets blown off.
  • Sunblock. Even on a cloudy day sunburn is a factor as well as windburn.
  • Shoes that can be worn in the water. No bare feet please - there are sharp oysters on the ramp.
  • Life Jacket. If you have a suitable sailing life jacket bring it. Otherwise we will supply one for you to use whilst sailing.
  • Gloves. If you/your child has sailing gloves please bring these too - but not essential to start with.
  • Towel.
  • Change of clothes.
The above items are for the safety and comfort of all sailors. The coach will also be covering these off on the first day. The first session will consist of a briefing and parents of sailors will also receive information relevant to the LTS course, and are most welcome to stay.
We always welcome parent help with launching and retrieving yachts, and assisting coaches on the water in patrol boats. If you wish assist on the water, please ensure you're wearing suitable clothing and wind attire. It can get cold out there.
We have women's and men's changing rooms with hot showers on the ground floor of the clubrooms.

Learn to Sail

Programme Fees: $345.00

The Coaching Team