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Waka Confidence

Learn to sail courses will take a break for winter and return in the 2022 Sept/Oct school holidays. 

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Waka Confidence is Wakatere's beginner junior sailing programme for the 8-11yr age group. 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.

What courses are in the Waka Compass Confidence Programme?

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 Tues or Wed or Sat for Term 1 2022, sailors and families are introduced to life at the club. Club Optis provided.

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 Feb-April 2022. Use your own Opti or to book a Club Opti (places limited). 

Upcoming Courses (8-11yrs)

Winter Warriors May- July 2022 - For Confidence C1 & C2Sign up for individual dates9am-11.30 Members only
Winter Warriors May- July 2022

For Confidence C1 & C2

Sign up for individual dates

9am-11.30 Members only

About Winter Warriors

This is some fun post-season sailing for Confidence 1 & Confidence 2 sailors. 

Sessions are intended to keep some momentum going during the winter months. Weather permitting. 

Sign up for each date individually - May 8th, May 22nd, June 5th, June 19th, July 3rd. 

  • 9am-11.30am 
  • $30 per session
  • 12 Club Optimists available. First in, first served   
  • Members only

Any questions about Winter Warriors, email head coach Lydia Grasberger 

Learn to Sail Information

Next Courses

Learn to sail courses will take a break for winter and return in the 2022 Sept/Oct school holidays. 

Register your interest and we'll remind you when the time is right  -

Who should sign up for this course?

To sail in Junior LTS, you must be:
-8yrs old at the start of the course
-able to swim 50 metres unaided wearing a PFD (personal floating device) and sailing gear

On the boats sailed:
-we give 8-11yrs as a general guide, but the weight range for an Optimist dinghy is about 30-55kgs

What will my sailor need?

-Lifejacket (the club has some available to borrow)
-Polyprop top/rash vest top or similar (thermals)
-Light wind jacket or spray top (goes over the top to keep the wind out)
-Beach shoes or similar (please make sure they do not have a slippery bottom)
-Warm beanie
-Sun cap
-Change of clothes for after sailing including a jumper
-Water bottle
-Snacks or use the cafe next door

Parent help

Whilst we have all the instructors and student help we need on the water, we would appreciate parent help each day to bring the equipment up from the beach, hosing down and putting away. Thank you. 

Membership after Learn to Sail ‚Äč

If you are continuing to the Confidence level after your Learn to Sail course has finished, you will need to upgrade to a full membership. 

The LTS Invitational membership fee ($100 already paid), will be reallocated to the upgrade if upgrading in the same season. This means there is a discount. 

Contact to have this sorted for you. 

Covid-19 and Waka Confidence

 At Wakatere, we take safety seriously. 

While sailing is a non-contact sport, we will be following the Covid-19 Protection Framework recommendations for Auckland around numbers gathering and social distancing to ensure participants safety and comfort. 

This will be reviewed at the time of each course. Your coach may provide further instruction when you are at the club.  


The running and organisation of Wakatere courses will be subject to the NZ Govt Covid-19 requirements at the time of the course. 

If it becomes necessary for Wakatere to cancel a course due to a Govt change in Traffic Lights, we will do our best to reschedule or if required, payments made to Wakatere Boating Club in relation to the course will be refunded.  

Refunds or pro rata fees are not available if a sailor can't make one of the days of a course.

Join us another time?

If now isn't the right time, leave your details with us and we'll let you know when the next course is open for bookings.  


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