Adult Learn to Sail
Titahi Bay Boating Club offers learn to sail courses to new and existing members aged 16 and over.
Sailing is a skill for life. Many of our sailors have travelled the globe on yachts, or participate in competitive racing at national or international levels. Sailing can take your life many places you wouldn't imagine.
Interested in sailing but you're younger? More information is coming soon.
Please note that at this time our Adult Learn-to-Sail course is only available to members of the club, as our volunteer time is valuable and not fully compensated. It is the preference of our volunteers, base don their availability, to invest their time in members who demonstrate an interest in sailing at the club.
What we teach:
- Safety on the water
- Knowing your boat
- Knots commonly used in sailing
- Capsizing (flipping) and righting your boat
- Launching and retrieving a boat
- Tacking and Gybing
- Points of Sail
- Rules of the water
- Sessions are comprised of theory (classroom) and practical (using boats - often on water) components.
- Some home study (usually watching videos) is required.
- Approximately 6 to 8 sessions will be required for most students.
- Courses are often run on a Saturday afternoon (weather permitting).
- One-on-one or one-on-two sessions with a coach can be organised as needed. Please ask your coach.
$20 inc GST per session for the course, and a $50 administration and materials fee.
Participants who complete the course will receive a Learn to Sail level 1 certificate, enabling them to participate in higher levels of sailing education at our club and other sailing clubs.
What you need to bring:
- A sense of enthusiasm and adventure!
- An ability to tread water (floating) for 15 minutes. You will also need to be able to swim a short distance (50m). If you don't currently possess these skills, we have coaches who are able to help you learn.
- Clothing to keep you warm when wet. You WILL be in the water.
- A sun hat & sun screen.
What you may want to bring
If you want advice on purchasing any of these items, or you'd like to enquire as to borrowing them during your course please contact your coach.
- A life vest/life jacket/personal floatation device. Inflatable life-vests are not suitable for this course.
- A short-legged wetsuit. Especially in colder months.
- Sea booties, if you have them. Regular shoes are fine if you're happy for them to get wet.
- A waterproof spray jacket.
What we will provide:
- Yachting New Zealand qualified Learn-to-Sail coaches
- Sailing dinghies. We use Sunburst dinghies, which are well suited to the variable conditions in Wellington.
- Support boats and qualified crew.