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Learn to Sail in Auckland, New Zealand


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Sailing Away, School of Sailing

Sailing Away, School of Sailing Introduction

Sailing Away School of Sailing invites you to learn to sail in Auckland with sailing courses and lessons for all ages regardless of previous experience on our 32-foot yacht.

Learning to sail in Auckland is made easy with a variety of options available from single lessons to five-day intermediate skipper courses.

See our list of courses and sailing lessons in Auckland and full details on services and charter options offered by Sailing Away School of Sailing.

Learn to Sail in Auckland

Learning to sail Sailing Away, School of Sailing

The Sailing Away programmes cover all levels of ability, from beginners to advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced sailing.

Our sailing lessons in Auckland cover all practical aspects of helmsmenship, seamanship, personal safety and navigation.

At the conclusion of each course gain an internationally recognised Royal Yachting Association (R.Y.A) or Yachting New Zealand Keelboat Sailing qualification.

Our Sailing Yacht

Learn to sail in Auckland on 'French Connection', our luxury modern 32-foot Beneteau Oceanis. 'French Connection' has a tiller, not a wheel, to give you an exciting hands-on experience during your sailing lessons in Auckland.

All the sailing equipment is new and easy to use, making learning to sail a simple pleasure.

Auckland Sailing Courses for Beginners

The Auckland sailing courses offered by Sailing Away include:

A Sailing Experience – For those who just want to experience sailing on Auckland's beautiful Waitemata Harbour, or want to take the first steps towards learning to sail.

RYA Start Yachting/Yachting NZ Level 1 – A basic learn to sail course, where you will learn the fundamentals of sailing, including helming the yacht under sail, sail handling, motor use, anchoring, man overboard and safety procedures.

Start Yachting Overnighter – This is an overnight option for new comers to sailing. You will learn to helm the yacht under sail and motor, sail handling, man overboard, anchoring and safety procedures. The course includes a two hour night sail.

Tailor Made Block Course for Beginners – A totally hands-on practical course for beginners. Includes boat helming under sail and motor, sail handling, man overboard, safety procedures and anchoring technique. Own boat tuition is an option.

RYA Competent Crew for Beginners – A totally hands-on practical course for beginners. This course teaches seamanship, helmsmenship and personal safety to a level required to be a useful member of the crew on a cruising yacht. The course includes night sailing.

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Other Sailing Courses

Three Day RYA Competent Crew – This Auckland sailing course builds on the skills learnt in the beginners courses and teaches seamanship, helmsmenship and personal safety to a level required to be a useful member of the crew on a cruising yacht. The course includes four hours of night sailing.

RYA Day Skipper/Boatmaster Practical – A practical yachting course to teach boat handling, helmsmenship, seamanship, pilotage and navigation to a standard required to safely skipper a small cruising yacht. This certificate is internationally recognised as a licence to charter.

RYA Coastal Skipper – A practical yachting course, teaching the advanced skills and techniques required to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night. Covers advanced yacht handling, seamanship, pilotage and navigating coastal passages.

Milebuilder – Build on your seatime and experience. Refresh your Day Skipper skills in seamanship and navigation, while sailing coastal waters. Lift your sailing ability and make it a holiday to remember. Includes night sailing and spinnaker use.

Yacht Charters with Sailing Away

Give your team a breath of fresh air on Auckland Harbour between seminar sessions. Charter 'French Connection' and your colleagues can enjoy an introduction to sailing with full tuition provided.

Gain a team building challenge and experience as you learn to sail the yacht in a totally hands-on sailing experience.

About Auckland

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Sailing, Rangitoto on horizon, Auckland, New Zealand
Sailing, Rangitoto on horizon
Photographer: Kieran Scott

Auckland's geography and warm climate has inspired a lifestyle that's regularly ranked in the world's top ten. In just half an hour you can be almost anywhere: sailing to an island, trekking through the rainforest, picnicking on a volcano, sampling wines at a vineyard or wandering a wild, black sand surf beach.

For an island escape, you can choose between Waiheke, Motuihe, Rangitoto, or journey out a little further to Tiri Tiri Matangi, Kawau or Great Barrier.

A reputation for great art and fashion makes Auckland a shopper's paradise. Within the city you'll find originality and flair everywhere you look. Local theatre and live music offer another opportunity to discover the creative side of New Zealand culture.

Learn to sail in Auckland with Sailing Away School of Sailing and see the best of the city from the water.

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