WYC Learn To Sail
The fundamental purpose of the WYC is to introduce children to the joys of sailing and helping each participant to grow in character and personal confidence. Level 1 will be using the WYC Optimist yachts. Levels 2 and 3 will use the O’pen Bic Class yachts. Certificates of attainment will be presented to course attendees who develop the skills taught in these courses.
Courses will be run by accredited YNZ coaches and other experienced yachtsmen and women from the WYC.
wyc learn 2021/22 Learn To Sail – Dates and Class Offerings
Please notE Due to high demand many classes have waiting lists
SPRING 2022 LTS PROGRAMS
After School Classes are filled - if you are on the waiting list and there is a space you will receive an email
sUMMER 2023 LTS PROGRAMS
Instructor Course: Oct ’22 – email for more info
12th + 13th November – Adult Level 1: 9am – 2pm
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book or go on our waitlist.
Easter holiday program 2022
spring 2023 - aFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
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LEARN TO SAIL PROGRAMS
Learn to Sail is a teaching Syllabus that has been developed by Yachting New Zealand over many years to provide a fun and safe learning environment.
Participants learn how to sail a boat safely and competently in moderate conditions.
Young sailors may join into any level but it is dependent on their experience. Feel free to contact us for a chat to
determine their most suited level.
Level 1: A beginner joining at Level 1 will complete the course and WYC will recommend the next step to take based on how well that student has progressed. Some youngsters may need a further course at Level 1 to gain enough confidence to step up to Level 2. Level 1 will be completed in Optimist dinghies.
Level 2: Those entering Level 2 will complete this course in the Optimist or O’pen Bic Class. Being a slightly bigger but less stable boat the Open Bic is fast and fun to sail. Youngsters that do not own an O’pen Bic will have use of a Foundation boat for this course.
Level 3: Following completion of Level 2 the coaching in Level 3 becomes a little more advanced with race training. If a young sailor is showing natural ability and talent at the conclusion of this course, parents will be offered a way forward to either purchase their own Bic or enter the scholarship program in order for the young sailor to continue his/her development. Youngsters who own their own O’pen Bic’s may return to Level 3 as many times as they wish.
What to bring when attending courses
Applicants will need to bring:
Bottled water and lunch/snacks
Sunblock, hat, sunglasses, rash shirt
Closed in soft beach shoes or neoprene booties
Wetsuits (if you have)
Sailing gloves (if you have)
Sailing clothing is dependent on seasonal conditions. For the first-time applicants the WYC can provide life-jackets but not wetsuits.
Students must be competent in the water and pass a 50m swim test before sailing. Most sailors start at around age 9 – 12. However we have classes suitable for teens who are interested in trying out sailing too. To build confidence sailors capsize regularly at the start. There are up to 10 sailors in each course
The use of a club-owned Optimist, Open Bic, 420, or RS Quest is available for use in classes fro those who do not have their own boat. The cost for this is $70 for the duration of the course.
A buoyancy vest is included in the Learn to Sail fee. All you have to provide is appropriate clothing and encouraging support!
Wanaka Yacht Club has both a warm, friendly atmosphere and a great spirit. We work hard to provide great learning experiences and boat-loads of fun being taught to sail by our awesome volunteer coaching team.
Wanaka Yacht club is primarily run by a tireless group of volunteers with a passion for providing opportunities for the kids in our community. We are always looking for parent helpers at our classes, support crews on boats and help with our events.
We also have scholarship and sponsorship programs. If interested in learning more please contact us.