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 2017/18 Learn To Sail – Dates and Class Offerings

SPRING 2017 LTS PROGRAMS

LTS 1 Junior Optimist – SUNDAY AM Nov 5th thru Dec 10 - FULL

Class Times: 10.00-12.00pm
Cost: $140
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: Optimist

LTS 1 Junior Optimist – Monday Evenings Nov 6th thru Dec11 - FULL

Class Times: 3.30-5.30pm
Cost: $140
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: Optimist

LTS 1 Junior Optimist – Tuesday Evenings Nov 7th thru Dec 12 - FULL

Class Times: 3.30-5.30pm
Cost: $140
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: Optimist

LTS 2 – Monday Evenings Nov 6th thru Dec11 FULL

Class Times: 5-7pm
Cost: $140
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: O’Pen Bic

Aspiring Adventure Sail Class - Juniors - Sundays Nov 5th thru Dec 10th FULL

Class Times: 12-2pm
Cost: $140
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: Multiple Boats and Activities
Pre-requisite: Completed LTS2

LTS Adult 1+2 – Tuesday Evenings Oct 31st thru Dec 12th FULL

Class Times: 5:30-7:30pm
Cost: $180
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: 420 & Etchells

WOMENS Adult LTS 1+2 – Friday Evenings Nov 10 thru Dec15th FULL

Class Times: 5:30-7:30pm
Cost: $180
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: 420 & Etchells

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SUMMER 2018 LTS PROGRAMS

LTS 1 Junior Optimist – SUNDAY AM Jan 28th thru March 4th - FULL

Class Times: 10.00-12.00pm
Cost: $140
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: Optimist

LTS 1 Junior Optimist – Monday Evenings Jan 29th thru March 5th - FULL

Class Times: 3.30-5.30pm
Cost: $140
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: Optimist

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LTS 2 – Monday Evenings Jan 29th thru March 5th - FULL

Class Times: 5-7pm
Cost: $140
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: Optimist

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Aspiring Adventure Sail Class - Juniors - Sundays Jan 28 - Mar11 FULL

Class Times: 12-2pm
Cost: $140
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: Multiple Boats and Activities
Pre-requisite: Completed LTS2

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LTS Adult 1+2 – Tuesday Evenings Jan 30th thru March 13th - FULL

Class Times: 5:30-7:30pm
Cost: $180
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: 420 & Etchells

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2018 LTS SUMMER DAYCAMPS

LTS 2 Junior Optimist – 3Day Camp January, 24-26 (limited)

Class Times: 10am-4pm
Cost: $180
Class Size: 8
Boat Used: Bic/420

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LEARN TO SAIL PROGRAMS

What is Learn To Sail

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.  

Course Progression

Course Progression

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

What to bring when attending courses

Applicants will need to bring:

 Swim suit

 Life-jacket

 Bottled water and lunch/snacks

 Sunblock, hat, sunglasses, rash shirt

 Windbreaker

 Warm clothing

 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.

Ideal Skipper

Ideal Skipper
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

Boat Options

The use of a club-owned Optimist or Open Bic (See Below) and a buoyancy vest is included in the Learn to Sail fee. All you have to provide is appropriate clothing and encouraging support!

Personal Welcome

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.

How Can I Help?

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.

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