Kids - Learning to sail usually starts with a school trip on the Waterwise program. After this children can try a Holiday Learn Sail course (run in school holidays) or give sailing a go for a season by joining Kids Learn to Sail which runs at weekends over the sailing season.

Adults - give sailing a go at ALTS, and if you like it join FBYC and continue to use the boats you learnt to sail in for the remainder of the season.

Full details and dates for all our courses below:

HOLIDAY learn to sail

HLTS (Holiday Learn To Sail) is the course to aim for to give your child their first exposure to sailing. It's run over 3 days and designed to get kids sailing by themselves on completion of the course.


Upcoming 3-day Holiday Learn to Sail courses:

Our next Holiday Learn to Sail course is in January 2020 and applications are open. Please register your interest (new enquiries will be added to a waiting list) using the Join Waitlist button above.

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

This course is run during school holidays or at weekends. The course runs for apporximately 6 hrs per day. It usually starts around 9am finishing at 3pm, depending on tide times. Check details for your course when enrolling. 

What are the costs?

$250 per child
($150 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 few days he had
More about Holiday 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.

Things you'll need to bring:

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

Lifejackets are provided

Does my child need to be a good swimmer?

To join the Holiday 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.


Our KLTS programme is for kids who are club members (ideally having completed the HLTS course prior or having prior sailing experience) and want to improve their skills over the weekends with Mum or Dad present and lending a helping hand.


KLTS is run on Saturday & Sundays

Kids Learn to Sail (KLTS) for FBYC members:

Our next intake is in October 2019 and will be run on Sundays in the coming season.

Kids Learn To Sail consists of 2-3 hour sessions run on sailing Sundays marked as KLTS on the Club Calendar. Parent help is required for all sessions to get set up, help on the water, and with pack up.

There are approximately 12 sessions through the season: times are tide dependent. Kids are expected to attend all sailing days in order to progress through Yachting New Zealand's Level 1 and 2 Learn To Sail curriculum.

This gives the kids more sailing opportunities and enables greater involvement in the club as a family. Sailing with Mum or Dad in the Topaz is encouraged, weather and availability permitting.

What's next after KLTS?
After a season in KLTS the next step is to buy a boat of your own and join the FBYC squad which provides a learn to race (LTR) programme starting in Optimists and moving through into Starlings.

What are the costs?

For KLTS you need to be a member under either of the categories below:

Junior + Associate Parent Membership
 for one child and parent/caregiver
This includes a Junior membership and a parent's Associate membership for 12 months


Family Membership
$250 for parents and 2 or more children from the same family.
This is a Family membership for 12 months.

Adult learn to sail

Catering for the needs of adults (often the parents of KLTS/HLTS students) our ALTS course is a single day and structured to introduce club members to sailing with others in the club's Topaz dinghies.


1-day Adult Learn to Sail courses:

For ALTS we offer 1-day sailing courses for adults, run by coaches from 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.