Yachting New Zealand Certification - Introduction to Keelboat Sailing Part 1

              Next Course Dates - Starts January 23rd - One place available - Feb 20th 5 places available


Course duration 12 hours over 4 x Saturdays 

It doesn't matter if you are an absolute beginner, our experienced skippers will make you feel comfortable learning sailing in the stunning  Lyttelton Harbour.

Our beginners course is a 12 hour comprehensive practical course, based over 4 weekends, Saturdays either 9am-noon or 1pm-4pm. Students operate all parts of the yacht including the tiller. We also recommend 4 hours study at home to revise what skills you have gained and we shall complete your YNZ logbook, once compleated and competent you will recieve your YNZ certificate.

The course is 90% Practical and we recommend the "Yachting New Zealand log book" 
 for theory and home study.



 This course is an introduction to Keelboat Sailing.  The topics covered include:

  • Hazards, equipment, parts of the boat and sailing definitions
  • Hoisting and changing the mainsail and basics of sail trim and telltale use.
  • Avoiding collisions and recovering a man overboard
  • Understanding weather forecasts and the clothing suitable for different conditions
  • Learning a variety of knots and their uses
  • Performing all roles associated with tacking, gibing and other crew positions of a boat
  • A knowledge of the ‘Give Way’ rules

    What You Need

    We suggest trainers or sailing shoes, they must be comfortable with good grip. Sailing 
    gloves and sun protection are provided. We also provide Coffee & Tea / Cold drinks 
    & snacks. We suggest you bring a pack lunch as we often have a break in Diamond Harbour.
    There is a toilet on board if needed. 

    Recommended Course material

    Yachting New Zealand comprehensive A4 logbook andd guide $39.00
    Yachting New Zealand course certificate (included in the log book)
    Safety in Small Craft - Mike Scanlin $42.99



"Learn to sail continues to be a fabulous experience for the
international students we send out!  Dudley goes out of his way to make
the students feel comfortable, confident and safe on the sea. He has
opened their eyes to a whole new NZ experience.  Thanks for sharing your
passion with us Dudley, see you soon!"  Erin and the Students of CCEL
English Language School 


  “Thanks heaps for organizing our trip out with Mark yesterday. Steve and I had a fantastic time and picked up an incredible amount of information and confidence in a really short time. It really fast tracked our learning curve” Mike -  Christchurch on their Hartley 18    


"Just to say thanks for the course. Mark is an amazing instructor and I enjoyed the experience. I really wanted to do it for the fun of it and I wanted a nice relaxed learning environment and that is exactly as it was!! I didn't feel in any way under pressure and that was excellent.
It took me a while to really "get" it but I loved it all the same and I will be interested in looking at more courses with you. 


I really enjoyed it and I will be telling all my friends about your sailing school after it. I think its important to always let people know when something is great, we are very good at telling people when things don't go well :)" David, Christchurch  


"Mark is a great teacher, very relaxed but gave us loads of information and I've
learnt loads about sailing. He got us involved right from the start, which
gave us confidence to sail the boat straight off, even when it was really
windy on the first day! It could have felt quite scary but always felt in
control and it was really exciting" Sally, Christchurch 


 "We thoroughly enjoyed our 16 hour course, which was well adapted to a couple with widely differing levels of sailing experience. Dudleyis an excellent tutor, with plenty of tact and enthusiasm. He also made sure we were well prepared for what we were likely to encounter on our planned sailing holiday and was very helpful with background information. Highly recommended" Richard & Gerry, Rangiora. 


"The time I spent on (the training yacht) 'Good Point' while on the Basic Sailing course where four of the most enjoyable afternoons I have ever had. I am looking forward to going on the advanced course." Stuart, Christchurch

"We would recommend Learn2Sail to others interested in giving sailing a go. We were complete novices before doing the beginners course and have learnt a great deal under Dudley’s guidance. His patience combined with his enthusiasm provides an enjoyable and stress free training environment on Good Point" Jane and Keith Christchurch   


It was fantastic!!! I'm really delighted i went. Mark was an amazing teacher. It was really good fun and I've learned lots!! Dave, Christchurch 

 "What a brilliant introduction to sailing! Dudley is a patient and thorough instructor and he even managed to sort the weather out too! We encountered a poor puff of wind to strong gale force conditions over our 16 hours on water. This enabled us to gather good practical skills for when we venture out on our own! This is a course we would highly recommend to 'newbies' wanting to learn sailing." Helen Troy & Julian Crawford, Christchurch


 “Our thanks go to Dudley and the friendly crew of learn2sail. Their enthusiasm and passion has proved infectious and the knowledge gained has seen us grow in confidence. What started as a taster course for us has evolved into to a purchase of our own trailer yacht with the invaluable assistance of Dudley. We now cross paths regularly on the water and the friendliness extends with a tip here and a piece of advice there. If you are considering sailing tuition then look no further, we thoroughly recommend the team at learn2sail" Steve and Aileen Clark. Christchurch 


"I have wanted to make the transition from small sailing boats to keelers for some time. The learn to sail training from Peter and Dudley was friendly, stress free and great fun. It gave me the confidence to select and own my craft and know what additional learning to undertake to operate it safely" Richard Jones. Diamond Harbour 


"Mark provided me with a great introduction to sailing. I think that the one-on-one experience worked out well. This I found it to be very enjoyable. I appreciate Mark's attitude of providing a full experience of sailing in Lyttelton. This included taking the dinghy out to Good Point, the Hector dolphins, as well as a look at Diamond Harbour, Camp Bay and Little Port Cooper. Mark's enthusiasm for sailing and his style of instruction are very much appreciated. This was an experience that has given me a new perspective on Canterbury,  New Zealand and the World. I do expect that I will be involved with sailing in the future do to Mark's introduction. I have learned a lot in the past few days and I will be sure to recommend your school to others." Michael. Christchurch


"My friend and I had some sailing lessons with Dudley (and his wife Michaela) before going on a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean.  Dudley was very accommodating when we were arranging days for the lessons, which is a great start.  The lessons were fantastic and certainly left us excited about sailing and very well prepared for our holiday.  Dudley was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic yet calm (especially during our jetty approaches!) which made us feel relaxed and able to have fun while learning.  We both thoroughly enjoyed our afternoons on the water and learnt that sailing is great even in the middle of winter.  I would recommend learn2sail without a doubt to anyone that would like to give sailing a go." Clair Chch