About Our Sailing School
Sailing is a great way to experience the challenges of the outdoors.
Sailing builds independence, confidence, and ability to use the natural elements to your benefit.
Imagine the satisfaction in using the wind/tide to reach a destination, albeit, local or international.
Sailing is ageless and can benefit the very young (building confidence) to the more senior.
MYBC Sailing program offers youth and adults the chance to learn to sail.
Imagine the fun a family can have all sailing together, either racing or just out for a fun day out.
Yachting New Zealand have developed a range of courses for learning to sail small boats (dinghies) and big boats (keelboats) which are offered at clubs and sailing schools around the country.
These courses are delivered by qualified Yachting New Zealand coaches and completion of each level comes with a certificate/qualification.
Yachting New Zealand’s learn to sail programme is the only nationally recognised learn to sail programme in New Zealand. These courses are also internationally recognised by World Sailing.
Join the Club
Yacht clubs are a fun, social and safe environment in which to learn to sail and make new friends. New sailors can benefit from the advice, support and experience of others. Programmes are taught by qualified coaches, providing a great experience. Joining a club is a great way to find out about sailing opportunities and to participate in racing and cruising events.
Is it Expensive?
No! First 4 lessons are FREE, all safety equipment is provided. You don't need your own boat to learn how to sail. Fees vary for lessons and equipment which can be discussed after your first 4 free lessons with one of our coaches.
What to Wear?
The most important item to wear is a personal floatation device (PFD), also known as a lifejacket. There are a range available and your instructor will inform you of the most suitable for the boat you are sailing. All Safety equipment is provided.
As sailing is an outdoor pursuit, your clothing needs to protect you from the elements - sun, wind, water. In small boats, water-friendly clothing such as a wetsuit is best. In bigger boats, a weather-proof jacket and pants are a good option and allow for layers. Be prepared for all weather conditions and remember it’s always colder out on the water and in the wind.