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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.

1. 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.

2. Confidence 1: Confidence 1 builds on skills learned in LTS, and teaches sailors more techniques and knowledge. Held on Thursday or Saturday for the 2020/21 season, sailors and families are introduced to life at the club.

3. 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 morning for the 2020/21 season.

4. 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 Learn to Sail Courses

Applications for the next school holiday Learn to Sail courses in April 2021 are now open -

Junior LTS April #1 (19th-23th April 2021)

Junior LTS April #2 (26th-30th April 2021)

Both courses will run for 5 consecutive mornings
Time: 9am - 12pm
Boats provided. YNZ qualified coaches.
Cost: $400 non members, $300 members

To book Learn to Sail courses, 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 same season should a sailor continue to the next level. You can upgrade to full membership after spending a little time at the club, with $100 of the LTS payment reallocated if upgrading in the same season.

Contact: 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) / Togs/swimmers / Towel / Hat / Sunscreen / Water bottle / Snacks or use the cafe next door

Upcoming Confidence Courses

When you have completed a Learn to Sail course you are ready to move on to Confidence Level 1.

C1 April Holiday Program 1 (April 21 & 22)

C1 April Holiday Program 2 (April 28 & 29)

Both courses will run from 1pm - 4pm

Cost: $65 per course. $85 if using a club Opti

To book Confidence courses: Members must login and go to Bookings (main menu)

Contact: head coach Lydia Grasberger at

Maybe next time...

If our Learn to Sail course dates don't suit or you are a bit too young, please complete our 'register of interest' form and we will be in touch when the next course is happening - CLICK HERE

good times - great adventures!!

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Last updated 03:40 on 18 April 2021

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