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Want to get into sailing? Check out our range of courses available for both juniors and adults!

The Akarana Sailing Academy was established in 2001 and since then has produced local, national and world champions through the comprehensive courses provided to sailors from the age of 8 to 80. The fun yet knowledgable coaching approach encourages learning in an exciting and safe environment.

Check out the current courses on offer and make your booking online today!

Sail & Play School Holiday Program

July 2020

Sail & Play, the program that enables kids to explore the Waitemata Harbour in a safe and exciting way, is held over five days with daily booking options available. Sail & Play is all about having fun and giving students the chance to explore new actives which includes a day trip to either Rangitoto or Browns Island, as well as an abundance of sailing.

Course Dates

  • Monday 6 July
  • Tuesday 7 July
  • Wednesday 8 July
  • Thursday 9 July
  • Friday 10 July

Cost

  • $100 per day
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Optimist Fast Track Programs – July School Holidays

Want to get the edge on skills and racing techniques? The school holiday fast track programs will get you there. Designed for sailors who want to get the upper hand on their on-water competitors. Fast Track students will go through the Yachting New Zealand curriculum and will receive a YNZ certificate upon completion.

Available Courses

  • Optimist Level 1
  • Optimist Level 2
  • Optimist Level 3

Dates/Times

  • Monday 6th to Friday 10th July
  • Drop off from 8:30am
  • Pick Up from 4:30pm
  • The Fast Track program is a five (5) day course. All five (5) days need to be completed to receive the YNZ certificate
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Optimist Race Group – July School Holidays

This course is designed for Optimist sailors in either the Green or Open fleets.

Take advantage of the school holidays and focus in on bettering and perfecting your racing skills for the abundance of upcoming summer Optimist regattas.

Dates/Times

  • Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th July (3 day course)
  • Drop off from 8:30am
  • Pick Up from 4:30pm
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Open Skiff Race Group – July School Holidays

This course is designed for Open Skiff sailors who are preparing for regattas.

Take advantage of the school holidays and focus in on bettering and perfecting your racing skills for the abundance of upcoming summer Open Skiff regattas.

Dates/Times

  • Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th July (3 day course)
  • Drop off from 8:30am
  • Pick Up from 4:30pm
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RS Feva Race Group – July School Holidays

This course is designed for RS Feva sailors who are preparing for regattas.

Take advantage of the school holidays and focus in on bettering and perfecting your racing skills for the abundance of upcoming summer Open Skiff regattas.

Dates/Times

  • Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th July (3 day course)
  • Drop off from 8:30am
  • Pick Up from 4:30pm
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Laser Race Group – July School Holidays

This course is designed for Laser sailors who are preparing for regattas.

Take advantage of the school holidays and focus in on bettering and perfecting your racing skills for the abundance of upcoming summer Laser regattas.

Dates/Times

  • Thursday 9th – Friday 10th July (2 day course)
  • Drop off from 8:30am
  • Pick Up from 4:30pm
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Adult Learn to Sail

It’s time to learn a new skill! Get a group of friends together and join in with the Adult Learn to Sail programs. Learn the basics of sailing including weather, tides, points of sail and how to get a boat moving. The relaxed and fun environment is perfect for anyone who is keen to give it a go.

Available Courses

  • Saturday 9am to 12pm (from Saturday 20 June for four weeks)
  • Saturday 1pm to 4pm (from Saturday 20 June for four weeks)
  • Sunday 9am to 12pm (from Sunday 21 June for four weeks)
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Adult Learn to Race

If you already know the basics of sailing and are keen to take on the next challenge, then the Adult Learn to Race course is for you! Take your sailing to the next level by completing the Adult Learn to Race course and then get ready to advance to other areas of sailing. The Learn to Race course focuses on refining your skills.

Available Courses

  • Saturday 1pm to 4pm (from Saturday 13 June for four weeks)
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Academy Online

During the NZ COVID-19 Lockdown, the Akarana Sailing Academy ran a popular Academy Online weekly session with guest coaches including Tony Rae, Andrew Brown and Simon Cooke. Due to popular demand, the Academy Online courses will return in the very near future!

Courses

  • Standby for new course date

Additional Information

If you have any questions regarding any of our courses, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact form below. Additionally, please check through the frequently asked questions to see if your query has already been answered.

Please ensure you are familiar with the Akarana Sailing Academy Terms and Conditions.

» Terms & Conditions

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If you have missed a class for some reason, please complete the below form to request a make-up class.

Make-Up Class Terms

Please note, there is only one (1) make-up class available per student / per term. The make-up class date will be advised upon successful application.
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  • Weekdays
    Weekday sessions start at 4pm each day, please ensure your sailor is here at 4pm ready to sail.  The less time spent on the land will mean more time on the water learning and having fun.  Pick up time is 7pm each day.  Occasionally if the weather is particularly bad and we conduct an off the water session we may offer you the opportunity to collect your child earlier.
  • Weekends
    Weekend morning sessions are from 9am to 12 and afternoon sessions run from 1pm to 4pm.  Please make sure your child is here on time so they can enjoy maximum time or let us know if you are not coming so that we do not hold the group on shore while we are waiting for you to arrive
  • Shoes
    Shoes are essential items for us to allow sailors on the water. The ramp can get very slippery this time of year in spite of it getting water-blasted on a regular basis.  There is also some oyster growth on the edge of the ramp and some children not wearing shoes have experienced cuts.  Shoes are now required and are the best prevention against these cuts. Cheap water shoes are acceptable or even old sneakers, as long as the foot is fully enclosed, however purpose-built shoes can be bought from sailing stores.
  • Wetsuit / Rash Shirt / Jacket
    The water temperature has been warming up but at this time of the year it can still drop quickly.  We suggest that our sailors wear a wet suit and preferably a rash suit or wind jacket  to protect them from  If your child is  intent on continuing sailing you can purchase specialised sailing gear, I recommend checking out the ZHIK store near Victoria Park, otherwise a range of gear can be found at Sailor’s Corner or other marine speciality stores.
  • Hat / Sunglasses
    Please ensure your young sailor also brings a hat each week. They can be out on the water for nearly 3 hours and we also suggest sunglasses.  We have sunblock for those that forget to apply some before they arrive and our coaches will be checking everyone is sun blocked before they launch the boats.
  • Something to eat
    An afternoon snack is also a good idea as children can often get hungry, something small  they can put in their life jacket pocket  i.e. a muesli bar can be a good idea.  We suggest that they take a named water bottle with them on the water, this can be given to the coach to look after.

The minimum age that we like to accept for a child starting out is 8 years old. By these stage they should have become confident in the water.

Some children of Auckland have been lucky enough to grow up on boats, and already have experience. In this instance, we ask that you contact us to advise of their experience, and our head coach will make a decision.