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Learn to sail at cyc

Our high quality Learn to Sail courses at CYC are a great way to introduce your children to the lifelong sport of sailing. Our youth coaches are enthusiastic about getting people hooked on sailing, and put many hours into planning great courses

Level One - Start Sailing

This course is aimed at 9 – 14 year olds and generally follows the Yachting New Zealand 'Start Sailing' workbook.

The course will cover a range of subjects, including: water safety, names of boat parts, setting up boats, capsizing, launching and retrieving, tacking, gybing, points of sail, basic knots, rules and meanings. 

The course costs $250, this includes a Junior membership for the remainder of the season, as well as use of club boats, buoyancy aids and facilities.​

  • No courses are currently planned - next course will be in October 

On successful completion of the course a YNZ “Level 1 Certificate” is awarded to the sailor.  

Additional courses will be run to reflect demand.  If you miss out on registration please contact our registration co-ordinator : Vaughan Bamford info@cyc.net.nz 022 170 6127

Course Information

We Provide

  • A qualified Yachting Instructor and assistants

  • A club optimist dinghy – children may need to share boats during the course

  • Buoyancy Aids for the duration of the course

  • A YNZ workbook for each participant

  • Full use of the club house and facilities

  • Free tea and coffee for parents / guardians

Your Child Should

  • Be able to swim 50 metres

  • Be confident around water

  • Wear a wetsuit with poly props underneath, a woollen beanie, thin nylon windproof jacket

  • Wear beach shoes or sneakers

  • Wear gloves (recommended)

  • On warmer days wear a sunhat, sunscreen and sunglasses

  • Have snacks and a water drink bottle

  • You must let us know if your child has any health issues we should know about

A Sailing Day

  • Arrive at the club

  • Set up the boats, and get changed, ready to go sailing

  • Have a quick pre-sailing briefing about the activities for the day

  • Go sailing

  • Come ashore, wash down and pack away all the boats

  • Have an after sailing de-brief

What Happens After Learn to Sail?

  • You can enrol in our level 2 coaching programme, which is run by the same coaches as the Learn to sail. At this level we teach more advanced boat handling, and sailing skills.

  • After completion of Level Two, your sailor will be able to compete in our weekly club racing, sailing in the junior fleet.

  • After level 2, we run both adventure/fun sailing courses and also a dedicated racing programme, coached by a range of racing sailors, including ex-Olympic sailor (Tokyo 1964) and coach (Los Angeles 1984) Bret de Their. Sailors at this level can travel to regattas at other yacht clubs, both around the region, and New Zealand.