Waka Confidence

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.

Upcoming Courses

LTS Holiday Course 2 - Oct. 11th-15th 2021 9am-12pm each day. Cost: $400
LTS Holiday Course 2

Oct. 11th-15th 2021

9am-12pm each day.

Cost: $400

LTS Term 4 Course  - Nov 1st-Dec 13th 2021Mondays 4-7pm Cost $450
LTS Term 4 Course

Nov 1st-Dec 13th 2021

Mondays 4-7pm

Cost $450

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 Tuesday or Saturday 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 for the 2020/21 season.

Join us another time?

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


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