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Learn to Sail with TRIYA

If you are a Year 9-13 student, this is your opportunity to start learning to sail from 4-7pm during school Terms 1 and 4. This is our foundation course.

Course Outline

  • Safety in and around boats and the sea
  • Personal safety
  • Finding the wind direction
  • What to wear
  • Safety gear in a boat
  • Names of the parts on the yacht
  • Yacht rigging
  • Some knots
  • Capsize and recover
  • Launching and retrieval
  • Teamwork
  • Steering a yacht
  • Points of sailing
  • Boat handling
  • Rules of sailing
  • Sail adjustments
  • Weather and tides
420 Sailing class Learn to sail Wellington
420 Sailing class Learn to sail Wellington

After School, on Fridays during the summer terms (1 and 4), the Learn to Sail (LTS) programme is under way.  There are potentially 10 weeks of sailing, however a few may be lost due to bad weather.  Some theory and other sailing related activity is planned for some bad weather days.

The program is based on the Yachting New Zealand (YNZ) Level I and Level II LTS and is taught by YNZ qualified instructors.

Weekly Format

We are currently operating the Learn to Sail programme on Fridays; however, if there is enough interest, we will run the programme on additional day/s.

MONDAY Learn to Sail and Sailing Development – Dependent on Numbers
TUESDAY Learn to Sail and Sailing Development – Dependent on Numbers
WEDNESDAY Teams Racing (No learn to sail)
THURSDAY Learn to Sail and Sailing Development – Dependent on Numbers
FRIDAY Learn to Sail and Sailing Development – Confirmed 

Cost and payment

The cost for a Learn to Sail programme is $190 per term payable before the second day of the course. No refunds will be given unless the course doesn’t go ahead.

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What do you need?

All participants must be able to swim 50m confidently,  Enroll and pay the fees before the first day of the course. As well as completing the parental consent below.

Parent/Guardian Consent

I understand that there are some inherent risks and dangers in sailing. I understand that neither TRIYA, EBY&MBC  its officers, coaches or helpers accept any responsibility in respect of injury or loss to person or property that may be sustained by reason of participation in the activities.  My teenager will exercise common sense and self-discipline, and take heed of the instructions of the coach.  I agree to the use of  my teenager’s photographs and other relevant information in publicity and promotion of  TRIYA, in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020.  I agree that a “life jacket” (buoyancy aid) will be worn by my teenager at all times while on the water. I expect my teenager to assist until all gear has been washed and put away, and to speak to the Coach/Manager before leaving each time.

Gear List

For sailing in

  • Warm layers (more than one) wool or poly-prop under togs or wet suit.
  • A wet suit would be great, but not essential.
  • Old sneakers or wet suit booties.
  • Sun hat or warm hat depending on weather (tied on is good)
  • We provide a windbreaker and a buoyancy aid.

After Sailing

  • Towel
  • Change of  warm dry clothes, including a jacket.  It gets cold in the late afternoon!
  • A drink bottle
  • Food for before and after sailing.
420 Sailing class Learn to sail Wellington


We have 2 coaching safety boats for our coaches that keep a watchful eye on you while you’re on the water. Buoyancy aids must be worn by everyone at all times, TRIYA supplies these if you don’t have one. 20 knots is the cut off for cancellation of LTS as judged by our experienced coaches.

View the 2020 –TRIYA Risk Management Plan


We expect sailors to be careful with the sailboats to keep them in good condition. Sailors will be briefed and learn safe sailing practices while using TRIYA boats. Should there be an incident, resulting in damage due to negligence or undue care; there will be a report. The skipper and crew are liable for up to $500 in costs to repair any damage.

What Next?

You may wish to advance to the Teams Racing program if you gain confidence in your ability to sail.  You may also be satisfied with just sailing. Wonderful.

Teams racing: Is a highlight of 420 Inter-secondary Schools Sailing and is a main focus of TRIYA. You will be able to get into this very soon after LTS with an experienced skipper. Teams racing training happens on weekdays , Wednesdays, after school too. Local regattas with college teams are held annually before a National Championship near the end of April.

Fleet Racing: Competent sailors can join a fleet racing program that runs through the winter. The aim is to ready the sailors for competition in a National level.

However, once you have done LTS you can go sail at any club around the area. Ask a coach about what club you can join and how.

EOTC in school time, Wind-Water experience Sailing

TRIYA runs successful EOTC Sailing Experience opportunities for a number of colleges.  If your school wishes to have a school program sailing with TRIYA please contact the for more info.

We’re always interested to know if we need to arrange more courses so please email us subject LTS at if you would be interested in future courses outside those already scheduled.

EOTC School Programs: Cost will be arranged with the school