Youth Sailing 9-15yrs

  • Youth Sailing 9-15yrs

    Whether you’re looking to start sailing, improve your skills, or just come for a great day out on the water, we have the course for you. Our ideal location and expert tuition make our sailing courses fun, safe and educational for everyone.

    The Centre has a variety of boats to suit all ages and levels of sailing experience; the fleet includes Wayfarers, Picos, Toppers, Teras, Topaz, Optimists and Hartley 12.2.

    You can achieve official RYA qualifications on all our courses. The speed at which people learn and variable weather conditions can make a difference as to how long qualifications take to achieve. As you progress through the course, your instructor will tailor the course to ensure you have a good time and learn as much as possible. Each RYA qualification takes approximately 16 hours to achieve.

  • Young Sailor Sessions (7-9yrs)

    Experience Required: None


    Age: 7-9yrs


    Aspiring sailors will be taught the basics by enthusiastic staff before getting out on the water for some great group sessions. On this course you can work towards RYA Stages 1 and 2.


    Beginners Sailing (RYA Stage 1)

    Experience Required: None


    Age: 9-15yrs


    This course will work towards achieving RYA Stage 1. It is the perfect place to start if you have little or no sailing experience and will lead to a good knowledge of the basics. Lessons will be based on the water, learning through exploration and guided by professional instructors.




    Novice Sailing (RYA Stage 2)

    Experience Required: RYA Stage 1


    Age: 9-15yrs


    Once you have mastered the fundamentals of sailing you can move on to the Novice course. Here you will develop your skills as well as an understanding of sailing theory. This course works towards RYA Stage 2.


    Improvers Sailing (RYA Stage 3)

    Experience Required: RYA Stage 2


    Age: 9-15yrs


    If you are a competent sailor wishing to improve your boat handling, then this is the course for you. It will involve practical application of theory and challenge you to sail more efficiently in tougher conditions, with a view to achieving RYA Stage 3.


    Advanced Sailing (RYA Stage 4)

    Experience Required: RYA Stage 3


    Age: 9-15yrs


    This course is for sailors working towards their Junior Stage 4 or seamanship certificates. You will be guided through more advanced sailing techniques and will practice more demanding manoeuvres in larger, crewed boats. The course also incorporates a higher level of sailing theory, taught on and off the water.


    Sailing with Spinnakers

    Experience Required: RYA Stage 4


    Age: 9-15yrs


    This course discovers the thrill of sailing with spinnakers in faster crafts. Our specialist instructors will give top tips to polish your sailing in these exciting boats.


    Seamanship Skills

    Experience Required: RYA Stage 3


    Age: 9-15yrs


    This course covers advanced boat-handling in moderate weather conditions. You will improve your decision-making process, with enhanced knowledge and terminology. Instruction will be given on improved techniques and manoeuvres and practised in a variety of boats with instructors giving you constructive feedback. This course works towards the RYA Seamanship Skills Qualification.


    Youth Sailing Club

    Experience Required: RYA Stage 1


    Age: 9-15yrs


    Come down and join in! The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for practising those skills, trying different types of boats and meeting other friendly sailors. Instructors are on hand to offer guidance and provide safety cover.

    What could be better than cruising round beautiful Christchurch Harbour on a summer's evening?


    RYA Start Racing

    Experience Required: RYA Stage 4


    Age: 9-15yrs


    This course is designed to give sailors the confidence, skill and knowledge to take part in club racing in good conditions. The course involves the sailor taking part in a range of enjoyable exercises designed to build confidence and improve skills.


    RYA Day Sailing

    Experience Required: RYA Stage 4


    Age: 9-15yrs


    Day one you will be preparing for your trip with sailing practice and some theory. You will gain knowledge and skills that will enable you to complete your trip on day two of the course. When completing your trip we endeavour to sail outside the harbour.