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Waka Compass Confidence

Waka Confidence (8-11yr old)

Waka Confidence is Wakatere's beginner junior sailing programme. Sailed in Optimist dinghies, kids are given the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sailing while in a safe and social environment. Sailors are paired up initially, but as they progress, they become more independent and confident. This programme is designed to balance learning with fun & games while introducing kids and families to Wakatere and what we are all about.

Junior Learn to Sail: An introduction to sailing for beginners run during school holidays or term time. Sailed in Optimists provided by the club, sailors will learn the basics of how the wind works, parts of the boat, and how to set up and control their boat while working as a team. This is a YNZ certified Level 1 course and a step up from NZ school Waterwise.

Confidence 1: Confidence 1 builds on skills learned in LTS, and teaches sailors more techniques and knowledge. Held on Sunday mornings throughout the season, sailors and families are introduced to life at the club.

Confidence 2: Sailors learn how to get their boats going a bit faster, and are able to go sailing in more conditions. C2 is held on Sunday afternoons throughout the season.

Confidence Accelerate: These courses cover the same fun and skills as C1/C2, but are held as 5 days holiday courses, similar to LTS.

Upcoming Confidence Courses

You must have completed a Learn to Sail course to move on to the Confidence levels

#2 Summer Holiday Sessions for C1 & C2
Dates: Thurs January 28th & Fri January 29th.
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: $65. ($20 extra using club Opti)

Confidence 1 Term 1 2021
Thursday and Saturday options. Starts 11th Feb.

Confidence 2 Term 1 2021
Sunday morning sessions. Booking is not open yet

To book: Members must login and go to Bookings

Upcoming Learn to Sail Courses

January LTS Course 4 (25-29 Jan 2021) 9am-12pm for 5 consecutive days
Term 1 LTS Course (15 Feb-22 March) 4pm-7pm on Mondays. Booking is not open yet

Boats provided. YNZ qualified coaches.
Cost: $400 non members, $300 members

To book: Members & non-members must complete the LTS Application

Non-members: Due to club requirements, a temporary invitational membership is included in the LTS package and will last for the duration of the course, as well as part of the season should a sailor continue to the next level. You can upgrade to a full membership after spending a little time at the club, with $100 of the LTS payment reallocated if upgrading in the same season.

If you have any questions about the course, please get in touch with our Head Coach Lydia Grasberger -

What to bring

Buoyancy Vest (PFD) or club/lost property ones available
Wet-suit (short/long sleeve) - essential for the cooler months
Polyprop clothing (thermals)
Water bottle
Snacks or use the cafe next door

Maybe Next Time...

We will get in touch when the next Learn to Sail course is happening if you add your name to our online 'register of interest' form -


good times - great adventures!!

Last updated 02:41 on 20 January 2021

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