Yachting New Zealand Certification - Introduction to Keelboat Sailing Part 1


Courses are 12 hours, you can select which suits

Price now includes your YNZ 30 page training guide and certification

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 on Three four hour blocks 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 suggest you dont use your mobile phone to avoid distractionto yourself and other students. There is a toilet on board if needed. 
  • Recommended Course material

    Yachting New Zealand comprehensive training guide FREE with course
    Yachting New Zealand course certificate (included in the log book)
    Safety in Small Craft - Mike Scanlin $42.99