Learn to sail

You can test your sea legs on the water by joining one of our structured learn to sail programmes or by coming down to the club on one of our sailing days. Either way, we look forward to meeting you.

Kids learn to sail

Upcoming 3-day Kids Learn to Sail courses:


Our Kids Learn to Sail programme is operated by club members and parents with a Yachting New Zealand qualified coach.

This 3-day course is run during school holidays! The course usually starts each day at 9am, finishing at 3pm.

What are the costs

$175 per child
($75 deposit at the time of booking + $100 prior to the start of the course)

Payment Details

You can deposit your course fee  into our bank account: 02-0184-0017957-00. Please use your child's name and HLTS as references.

My 10 year old just loved it. He couldn’t stop talking about what a cool day he had
More about Kids Learn to Sail

Kids will use our fleet of plastic Optimist yachts which are ideal for learners. At the beginning and end of the day kids and parent/s will need to rig/de-rig the boats.

The course is designed to engage children interested in sailing after they have completed the school Waterwise course, and will take them through the YNZ Level 1 curriculum. Learning to sail can be a challenging activity, so the recommended age for programme is 10 and over but younger children may be accepted dependent on water confidence and experience.

We hope that kids who complete the course choose to join the club and participate in coaching on Saturdays using the club Optimists until the next intake of Learn to Sail, and eventually purchase their own boat.

What will you need to bring

Kids will need:

  • suitable footwear
  • a hat and sunscreen.
  • warm and wind proof clothing, such as thermals under a wetsuit
  • a woollen jumper and a spray jacket, may also be required on cold days.

Lifejackets are provided – although you may prefer to bring your own.

Does my child need to be a good swimmer

To join the learn to sail programme your child must be able to swim. As part of the course they will be expected to swim (by any means) at least 50 metres, dressed for sailing and with a buoyancy vest on. They will also learn to capsize and right a boat in deep water.

Women out west

Next Women out West sailing day:

We have a number of days in each sailing season specially dedicated to women who want to learn to sail, improve their sailing skills, and have a blast while doing it.

You should also have a look at our Adult Learn to Sail courses to get you sailing with the club.

What are the costs

$10 per person
(you can bring this along with you on the day)

I had such a lovely day out on the water.
Thanks ladies, I’ll be back next time

Adult learn to sail

1-day Adult Learn to Sail courses:


We're offering 1-day sailing courses for adults, run by coaches form the club. 

Our aim is that by the end of the course you know enough to start sailing with the club. The course usually starts at 10am, finishing at 2pm.

What are the costs

$90 per person
(your place on the course is only confirmed once this is paid)


You can pay your course fee into our bank account: 02-0184-0017957-00, and include ALTS and your surname as references.

What an exciting and challenging course. I feel tired yet fantastic after completing it
More about Adult Learn to Sail

The Learn To Sail Dinghy, Start Sailing Level 1 and Basic Skills Level 2 can be customised for:

  • Beginner adults and older youth
  • Intermediate level sailors, and those wanting a refresher course
  • Parent/child combinations

The course is made up of rigging and an onshore simulator session, followed by on-the-water sail training, in Topaz boats. These boats are great for learning and training, and can also be tweaked up for more experienced sailors.

After the course you have the option of joining FBYC and using our fleet of Topaz sailing dinghies to improve your skills, with advice and support from other club members. If you decide you are hooked and would like to have your own boat, we’ll help you out with boat-buying advice too.

What will you need to bring

  • suitable footwear, like sandshoes
  • warm lothing, such as thermals under a wetsuit
  • spray jacket or windbreaker
  • wetsuit
  • hat and sunscreen
  • food and water

Lifejackets are provided – although you may prefer to bring your own.