Waka Adults

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Waka Adults is our adult learn to sail programme. If you've got a little sense of adventure, sailing would be great for you. We sail in pairs, so it's a fun way to meet new people while getting out on the water.

Wakatere offers courses for adults using the club-owned RS Feva, a type of double-handed dinghy. You'll learn about both helm and crew positions. Coaches can pair up sailing partners. 

We offer a Level 1 course for complete beginners and a Level 2 course for those looking to build confidence. We are now offering a combined Level 2 & Level 3 with coaching customised to your skills.  

Upcoming Courses (Adults +18 yrs) 

MAR/APR 2024

This course is for complete beginners covering the basics like rigging, tacking, points of sail, launching and landing and how to stay safe. Held over 5 Saturday mornings and sailed in a two person RS Fevas. You will learn both helm & crew roles. 

DATES: 2nd March - 6th April 2024 (with a break for Easter) TIME: 9am - 12pm COST: $300 + $100 Invitational membership = $400 

  • Boats provided (RS Feva & RS Quest) 

  • YNZ qualified coaches

  • YNZ Level 1 certified course

MAR/APR 2024 

This course is to build on fundamental skills & confidence while learning to keep the boat balanced and going faster. Coaching will be customised to your level with an introduction to racing and using the spinnaker for those who are ready. Level 2 sailors must have completed Level 1 etc.

DATES: 2nd March - 6th April 2024 (with a break for Easter) TIME: 1pm - 4pm  COST: $300 + $100 Invitational membership = $400 

  • Boats provided (RS Feva & RS Quest) 

  • YNZ qualified coaches

  • YNZ Level 2 or 3 certified course

LEVEL 2 & 3

LEVEL 2 & 3

*Refer to the FAQ for what to bring 


Who should sign up for a course? 

To sail in Adult LTS, you must be:

  • able to swim 50 metres unaided wearing a PFD (personal floating device) and sailing gear

  • of reasonable fitness

  • 18yrs and over 

Level 1 or Level 2 or 3? 

Level 1 is designed for complete beginners and covers basics about how to control the boat & sails and how to stay safe on the water.

Level 2 builds skills like keeping the boat balanced and how to go faster, as well as an introduction to racing.  Sailors are encouraged to attend social sailing on Thursdays and Green fleet club racing on Sunday afternoons to reinforce their learnings. 

Level 3 continuing to build skills with coaching customised to your level. Sailors are encouraged to attend social sailing on Thursdays & Green fleet club racing on Sunday afternoons to reinforce learnings.  

Sailors must complete Level 1 before starting Level 2. 

If you have recent sailing experience, contact our coaching team at Wakatere to assess where your skills are at. 

What will I need for the course? 

  • Wetsuit

  • Lifejacket (the club has some available to borrow)

  • Polyprop top/rash vest top or similar (thermals)

  • Togs

  • Light wind jacket or spray top (goes over the top to keep the wind out)

  • Beach shoes or old sneakers (please make sure they do not have a slippery bottom)

  • Warm beanie

  • Sun cap

  • Sunscreen

  • Towel

  • Change of clothes for after sailing including a jumper

  • Water bottle

  • Snacks or use the cafe next door

Do I need to be a member? 

Yes, membership is required. 

A Learn to Sail Invitational membership is offered for both L1 & L2 & L3. It is a temporary membership to cover the period of the LTS course.  

Learn to Sail fee: $400 (course $300 + Invitational membership $100)

Ready for another Adult LTS? If want to continue beyond Level 1 to Levels 2 & 3, a new LTS Invitational membership must be taken out each time.

Ready for Club Racing or Social Sailing? 
If you want to continue to club racing, or social sailing after your LTS course has finished you can upgrade to a full membership (Senior). If upgrading to full membership, the LTS Invitational Membership fee already paid ($100) can be applied as a discount, if upgrading in the same season. It can't be applied to a second LTS Invitational membership.


I have a question about the course...

Contact: Wakatere head coach 


Social Sailing & Green Fleet

Level 2 & Level 3 sailors are encouraged to attend club Social Sailing on Thursdays afternoons & club Green fleet racing on Sunday afternoons to reinforce their learnings. Club Fevas can be chartered for those sessions. More about booking a Feva below.   

Join us another time!

If you've just missed the Oct-Nov course, register your interest and we will be in touch when the next course dates are confirmed. 

Booking a Feva

RS Fevas can be chartered by Wakatere members to join Social Sailing on Thursdays or Sunday afternoon Green Fleet club racing.

Minimum Adult LTS Level 2 skills required. Both helm & crew must be members. 

Members must sign into our booking platform - 

  1. Sign in to HELLO CLUB

  2. Go to the Hello Club CALENDAR

  3. Find the right date and sign up

  4. Pay via the booking (don't pay by eftpos at the club) 

All bookings are subject to the final approval of Head Coach. Further T&Cs can be found in the booking detail. Charter fees do not include any coaching or race entry fee. 

Club Fevas are not available for casual sailing outside of coach supported club activities. 


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