The Junior Watersports Programme at Nelson Yacht Club has been going from strength to strength over the past few seasons. Last season we saw 225 kids undertaking 411 sailing courses (either 3-day, 5-day or term time).
To book for this year, please complete a booking form here:
The younger kids (from 8 to ~11) learn in Optimists, and the older kids (~12 – 15) learn in the bigger Topaz Unos. We also run groups for different ability levels – Improvers, Intermediates and Advanced sailors.
For more details and guidance on which group your child should join, see below or contact Tim on email@example.com or 02102503767
Most of our holiday courses are the full 5 days, but in the first week of January the Public Holidays mean we run a 3-day course, and in the April school holidays we’ll run two 2-day courses either side of Anzac Day.
We generally try to fit in an adventure of some sort, such as picnic lunches on Haulashore Island, climbing the Lighthouse, scavenger hunts on the Boulder Bank or sailing to Tahuna beach. The end of the week shared lunch is always a mean feed!
Although we were thwarted by the weather last season, we’ll be hoping to run the overnight Oyster Island camp for the more advanced sailors again next season, and who knows… maybe we’ll come up with another adventure!
Holiday Programme Course Details:
- 9am – 4pm each day.
- A full week course costs $320 ($272 for NYC members)
- A three day course costs $195 ($165 for NYC members)
- A two day course costs $130 ($110 for NYC members
Summer Holiday Programme
- Summer 1 – Full Week (19th – 23rd December)
- Summer 2 – 3 Days (3rd – 5th January)
- Summer 3 – Full Week (8th – 12th January)
- Summer 4 – Full Week (15th – 19th January)
- Summer 5 – Full Week (22nd – 26th January)
Autumn Holiday Programme:
- Autumn 1 – Full Week (16th – 20th April)
- Autumn 2 – 2 Days (23rd & 24th April)
- Autumn 3 – 2 Days (26th & 27th April)
- We run term-time training during term 4 and term 1. There are different groups run on different days of the week.
- Term 4 will run for 8 weeks after Labour Weekend through to the end of term and costs $150.
- Sailors must be a member of NYC, unless they are doing their first course. In which case, the cost is $180.
Please note, due to the initial bookings there have been some changes to the group days/times:
Mondays – from the 30th October – 15.45-17.45
- Optimist Green Fleet – 2 spaces
- Optimist Intermediates – 3 spaces
- Topaz Intermediates/Advanced – FULL
- Windsurfing Intermediates – 1 space
Tuesdays – from the 24th October – 15.45-17.45
- Optimist Open Fleet – NB. Later finish at 18:15 – FULL
- Optimist Intermediates - 3 spaces
- Topaz Improvers – 1 space
- Windsurfing Improvers – FULL
Wednesdays – from the 25th October – 15.45-17.45
- Starling Fleet – NB. Later finish at 18:15 – 4 spaces
- Topaz Beginners – 4 spaces
- Optimist Intermediates – 3 spaces
Fridays – from the 27th October – 15.45-17.45
- Topaz Green Fleet – 2 spaces
- O’Pen Bic Fleet – 2 Spaces
- Advanced Windsurfing / Windsurf Racing – 4 Spaces
Saturdays – from the 28th October – 10.00-12.00
- Optimist Beginners – 4 spaces
- Optimist Improvers/Intermediates – FULL
Sundays – from the 29th October – 11.00-13.00
- Optimist Beginners – 1 space
- NB. We may move the beginner group earlier to 10.00 – 12.00
- Optimist Improvers – 12.00 – 14.00
Please get in touch to book your son/daughter in. A completed booking form and payment will secure a booking. You can now complete a booking form online: http://www.nelsonyachtclub.org.nz/learn-to-sail/booking-form/
Reminder: we will be starting at 3:45 for all the after school sessions and finishing at 5:45pm in order to give us an easier transition to our Adult programmes.
Any questions call me on 02102503767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Beginners: You’ll be introduced to the marine environment safely and learn how to stay safe on, in and around the water. You’ll have heaps of fun learning the essential skills for sailing a small single-handed sailing boat like the Optimist. I wouldn’t rule out capsizing, swimming, loads of games and races, or the occasional pirate attack!
- Improvers: This group is for kids who have done some sailing, but who have not yet completed the YNZ Level 1 Certificate. Often the smaller/younger kids, and the group focuses on fun and building confidence as well as working towards the Level 1.
- Intermediates: Designed for kids who have already done quite a bit of sailing and are looking to extend their skills and maybe try different boats etc… We’ll be working on skills that are part of the YNZ “Sailing….Fast” or Level 2 syllabus. It can take a bit longer to achieve the Level 2 certificate, so you might be in this group for a few sessions before reaching the level and moving on to Green Fleet training.
- Green Fleet: Learning to race! Sailing in either a club Optimist or your own boat, these groups of sailors can handle themselves around a course and in moderate conditions, and are now looking at how to start and compete in races.
- Fleet Training: Sailors with their own boats, training and honing their racing skills.
Nelson Watersports will again be offering windsurfing courses run in conjunction with Nelson Yacht Club’s Junior Watersports Programme. This exciting sport is equally good for kids who have sailed before and are looking for the next challenge, or kids who’ve never set foot in a boat! Most weeks there will be a dedicated group for windsurfers. Please call us to find out which weeks will be running. We recommend a minimum age of 10 for kids windsurfing – a size/strength thing…
Nelson watersports runs regular windsurfing supervised hire sessions on Monday & Tuesday evenings throughout the season. A great way to practise and meet other windsurfers.
- On Nelson Watersports gear: $30 per session or $180 for the 7 week term
- On your own gear: $20 per session or $120 for the 7 week term
- Half and Half: $25 per session or $150 for the 7 week term
- You need to complete a Nelson Watersports Booking Form instead of a NYC one.
- Sun block
- Sun hat
- Clothing that dries quickly and provides sun protection. Cotton T-shirts or shorts are not recommended
- Wetsuit. Full-length suits are essential for spring courses, and highly recommended at any time of year. If you don’t have one there are a few old ones available to borrow, and Nelson Watersports Ltd has a small stock of GUL Response suits.
- Waterproof / windproof jacket. This keeps the wind chill off, and is extremely important for watersports.
- 2 towels
- Footwear for wearing in the water - wetsuit booties are ideal
- Thermals – lots of layers of poly-pro or merino
- Lunch (if appropriate) and snacks
- Drink bottle
Nelson Watersports Ltd stocks a small selection of sailing gear such as wetsuits, booties, spray-tops, gloves, buoyancy aids etc… from GUL and Rooster through a relationship with NZ Sailing Ltd. Get in touch with Tim on 02102503767 if you have any questions.
While safety is paramount at Nelson Yacht Club all participants attend at their own risk. All participants are supplied with buoyancy aids that are worn while on the water and in and around the water.
Everyone must follow the instructions given by the coach or instructors. A patrol boat will be on the water at all times when sailing is in progress.
Cancellation: If a participant is unable to attend, a refund will be given only if notice of cancellation is given at least 30 days prior to the commencement of the course. Course bookings are valid for 1 year from the booking date.
Here at Nelson Yacht Club there are many more opportunities to get out on the water. Our Club Sailing Day is a Saturday each week, when members get a chance to race against each other. There is a “Green Fleet Fun” session on most Saturday afternoons. This is a relaxed and fun session run by parents and volunteers aimed at our green fleet sailors – those who have been sailing for a little while and are starting to learn how to race.
Sunday afternoons are another great time to come down and go for a sail.
Once sailing in their own boats, kids often come down and sail independently, with a mate or two, or with a parent keeping an eye on them.