Waka Confidence

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.

2022 Term 1 Junior Learn to Sail booking coming soon!

This course will run one day a week over five consecutive weeks during Term 1 2022 (8yrs - 11yrs age group). Dates to be confirmed

Summer Holiday Learn to Sail Courses -

Junior LTS - Course 4 UNDERWAY - 17th - 21st Jan 20229am - 12pm (5 DAYS)
Junior LTS - Course 4 UNDERWAY

17th - 21st Jan 2022

9am - 12pm (5 DAYS)

Junior LTS - Course 5 -  CLOSED - 17th - 21st Jan 20221pm - 4pm (5 DAYS)
Junior LTS - Course 5 - CLOSED

17th - 21st Jan 2022

1pm - 4pm (5 DAYS)

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. Your coach will provide further instruction when you are at the club.  

Vaccination is not required at Wakatere for the Waka Confidence age group (8yrs - 11yrs)

Coaches at Wakatere are vaccinated. 


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 to cancel due to a 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. 

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

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. 

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

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 Tuesdays for the 2021/22 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 or Wednesday afternoon for the 2021/22 season.

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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