Our Courses

Introduction to Sailing

Introduction to Sailing

Introduction To Sailing - 5 Hours

Thinking about trying out sailing? Our introduction to sailing is a 4 hour sailing adventure out on the waters of Lyttelton harbor on our keel boat. During this trip around the harbor, you’ll get a brief introduced to sailing and if your feeling confident, get some hands on experience sailing.

  • 3-4 Hours of leisurely sailing around the Lyttelton harbor

  • Coffee and biscuits in Diamond harbor

  • Guaranteed a relaxing sail and a nice chinwag

  • You could be lucky and have a great view of Dolphins in their environment.

Level 1 - YNZ Introduction to Keel Sailing

Level 1 - YNZ Introduction to Keel Sailing

Level 1 - YNZ Introduction to Keel Sailing - 3 Days

This course is an introduction to Keelboat Sailing.  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.

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

Level 2 - YNZ Competent Cruising

Level 2 - YNZ Competent Cruising

Level 2 - YNZ Competent Cruising - 3 days

Now you have learned the basics of the yacht operation on level 1 its time to reinforce your knowledge and give you confidence as crew and skipper. The course is about 80% practical and 20% theory

Performing safety checks.

  • The correct procedure for use of VHF radio in an emergency

  • An understanding of a marine engine, carrying out pre start motor checks and how to start and man-oeuvre

  • Berthing and man overboard exercises under power and under sail

  • Hoisting and setting the jib/main, changing the head-sail, tacking/gibing and sail trimming skills in all crew positions.

  • Helming a boat under instruction

  • Planning a voyage and use basic navigation skills

  • Experiencing a night sail (optional)

  • A range of anchoring techniques

  • Good boat keeping.

  • ‘Rules of the Road’ on the water

  • Tow and row a dinghy safely including coming alongside and transferring passengers


Completed level 1 - going back to do level 2. Phil is awesome to learn from.
— Greg Chilton-Smith


What experience do I need?

Our Level 1 course requires no sailing experience at all. It is designed as an introduction to sailing and to get your feet wet for the first time.

What should I bring?

We suggest trainers or sailing shoes, they must be comfortable with good grip.
Sailing gloves and sun protection are provided.We suggest you don’t use your mobile phone to avoid distraction to yourself and other students. There is a toilet on board if needed. 

Is there a toilet on board

Yes, if you need it.

do you supply life jackets and Safety EQUIPMENT

Yes, as a commercial charter boat, we must supply life jackets and be equipped with all the standard safety equipment such as flares, fire extinguishers and radios

How old do i need to be?

Sailing can be enjoyed by anyone, but we recommend 13 years and older

Any other questions?

Don’t be shy, give us a call.


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