Learn to Sail – Adult

Maybe you’ve never been out on the water and the glittering Tasman Bay has tempted you into giving sailing a try, or you might be an experienced Keeler sailor who wants to improve their wind awareness and boat handling skills? Whatever your reasons for checking out the options for learning to sail at Nelson Yacht Club, you’ve made it to the right place!

We’ll get you on the water and sailing in no time with out regular ‘Sailing Tasters’ and ‘Learn to Sail (YNZ Level 1) Courses’. We’ve got weekday evening options, weekends or even private tuition during the working week… so time is no excuse!


  • Taster (90mins group tuition): $60
  • Level 1 (12hrs group tuition): $249 ($212 for Club Members)
  • Refresher/Progression course (9hrs group tuition): $180 ($153 for Club Members)
  • Level 2 (12hrs group tuition): $249 ($212 for Club Members)

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Once you have completed a YNZ Level 1 Certificate, you can hire the Topaz Uno dinghies to practice your skills. We have two supervised sailing sessions during the week:

The Tuesday Social – 6pm – 7.30ish most Tuesday evenings during Daylight Savings. We’ll have a patrol boat on the water and will aim to get round and give the odd coaching tip, or run some informal short races. There’s normally a good crowd of sailors and windsurfers on the water, and we normally head for some drinks and food afterwards. It is a great way to gain confidence in your sailing ability.

Sunday Supervised Sailing – 2pm – 6pm most Sundays during the season. We keep the Topaz Unos available for hire on most Sunday afternoons, so you can ring up and book a boat for a certain time, and come along and get out on the water.

Monday refresher / progression session – 6pm – 7.30pm (ish) – This will be a 6 week block of sessions for $180 ($153 for NYC members) that will give people the opportunity to continue with group tuition after their Level 1 course, or for those who have done the course or some sailing in the past, but would prefer to gain confidence in a group situation.

We’ll aim to start the first one just after Labour weekend on the 31st October, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November and 5th December.

Dinghy hire is also available at other times, but is subject to availability and by arrangement only – I.e. don’t just turn up expecting to sail, because there might not be anyone here!

Call / text Tim on 02102503767 or email info@nelsonwatersports.co.nz to arrange