Learn to Sail – Adult

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

Learn to Sail Course at Nelson Yacht Club

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

Please do check out the info on the types of boats and format of courses, and feel free to give us a call to discuss the best option for YOU!

Upcoming Dates:

It is great to see more and more people wanting to learn to sail, so we’re looking forward to getting everyone on the water!

Daily programme:

  • Mondays – Wāhine only! (new term starting 14th Feb)
    • Beginners / Level 1 Sailing course.
    • Improvers – cracking on after last term’s first course.
    • Windsurfing group session – all levels.
  • Tuesdays (new term starting 8th Feb)
    • Twilight Series casual racing, club boats available to hire, FUN!
    • Beginner Windsurfing group
  • Wednesdays (new term starting 9th Feb)
    • Beginners / Level 1 Sailing course.
    • Intermediate Sailing course.
    • Intermediate Windsurfing group
  • Thursdays – Sea Swims!!
  • Fridays (new term starting 11th Feb)
    • Beginners / Level 1 Sailing Course.
    • Intermediate Sailing Course.
    • Foiling Fridays!! Wingfoil, Windfoil, non-foilers welcome 🙂
  • Saturdays – Club Racing – see programme
  • Sundays – Supervised Hire Please call/text to book!

Weekend course dates:

  • 22nd & 23rd January – Beginner Windsurfing Course
  • 12th & 13th February – Beginner Windsurfing Course
  • 19th & 20th February – Beginners / Level 1 Sailing Course
  • 5th & 6th March – Beginners / Level 1 Sailing Course

Please contact us on manager@nelsonyachtclub.org.nz if these dates/times don’t work and we’ll see what we can do.

PLEASE NOTE – All these dates are subject to change to meet demand and availability.

The Learn to Sail Fleet

We have different formats/courses that use different boats depending on your water-confidence and agility.

  • Topaz Unos – used for all our group beginner courses
    • If you don’t mind the idea of getting tipped into the water and capsizing, then the Topaz Unos are for you!
    • We have up to 6 students each in their own boat with an instructor teaching from a patrol boat.
    • You get to spend more time on the helm (steering).
    • We run most of our Learn to Sail courses in this format.
  • Topaz Omega – perfect for private tuition
    • Ideal for Tasters, Private Tuition & for larger or less agile adults.
    • Durable plastic training boat, with asymmetric spinnaker and trapeze for more advanced training.
    • Can comfortably fit 3 adults with an instructor on board.
  • RS Fevas – taking the next step!
    • These are the new boats in the fleet and reserved for more experienced sailors.
    • Adult single-hander, or double-hander (smaller adults)
    • Asymmetric Spinnaker / Gennaker

Learn to Sail Costs:

90 minute Taster :

  • $60 based on a minimum of 2 people.

12hr Group courses:

  • Beginners – $299 as a non-member / $249 as an NYC member.
  • Improvers/Intermediates – $200 (must be an NYC member)

Private Tuition:

  • $99/hr or $396 for 5hrs as a non-member
  • $80/hr or $320 for 5hrs as an NYC member

2hr clinic / Drop-In Session

  • $80 – Subject to availability

Dinghy hire rates

Boat Members Non-Members 10hr Card
Optimist $12/hr $15/hr $120
Topaz Uno $20/hr $30/hr $240
Topaz Duo $30/hr $40/hr $320
RS Feva $35/hr $45/hr $360
Omega $45/hr $60/hr $480