Learn to Sail

Thinking about getting into Sailing this Sailing Season?

It's cheaper and easier than you think!

Ages 9+ and of all abilities, anybody can do it.

Clarks Beach Yacht Club offers a number of learn to sail courses. Courses are run over the summer months and utilize the Yachting New Zealand developed program which aims to teach students to sail a dinghy with skill and confidence.

Our coach is trained and assessed to meet the Yachting New Zealand Learn to Sail Coach (Dinghy) assisted by our knowledgeable crew of volunteer members.

We have available for students the use of Club owned Plastic Optimist, Sunburst yachts and Lifejackets. These are available to use during the duration of the course. If sailors wish to progress further we encourage them to purchase their own boat and equipment. The correct boat for each sailor to buy will be unique and should happen at the right time for them as it is a step up in commitment and requires plenty of research 

Check out our Dinghy Sailing Courses ...

Junior & Adult Learn to Sail

The general information below is based on previous courses:

Each Learn to sail program consisted of nominally five modules  on Sundays. These Yachting New Zealand (YNZ) level 1 & 2 programs are delivered by a qualified YNZ Coach.  

Note: All 5 classes for each level must be attended to qualify for a YNZ Certificate

Each Sunday has 2 Sessions :


Maximum of 5 participants per session

Costs:  Only $150 per person for all sessions (payable in full prior to commencement)

On completion participants will be awarded a Learn To Sail Certificate

Juniors  needs to be between the ages of 9 - 14 years old and be able to swim 50 meters with a life jacket on (by any means)

We supply the use of plastic optimist yacht and a life jacket, We recommend the wearing of a wetsuit and suitable footwear.

CBYC Operates under YNZ Guidelines

To Join Our Club  Click on Application Form Button below

Learn to Sail has limited spaces!

Email early to indicate your interest!

Starts 30th October 2022 & 12th Feb 2023

(Ends 27th Nov 2022 & 19th Mar 2023 Respectively)

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