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This 3 hour J24 Sail experience will be an introduction to sailing with an experienced coach.   Students will get to sail down Tamaki River and experience the beautiful scenery of the Hauraki Gulf.  This is the perfect setting for a pleasant day on the water and a fantastic opportunity for introduction into sailing for your students at the school.

Cost: $50 plus GST per person

Age: 12 to 18

Individual boat bookings: 4-5 with an experienced Coach on board.

Group bookings for schools up to 25 students per session with a ratio of 1:5
(Coach:Student on each of our 5 J24 Keel Boats, we can run 2 sessions per day

Times: 9.00am to 12.00pm or 12.30pm to 3.30pm (Times are flexible)


Bookings:  Please email

Enquiries: Please call Sarah Jane at 09 5343046 (ext 3) for further details.

Keel Boat Sailing - N.C.E.A.


BBYC Sailing Academy provides NCEA courses. Credits can be used to meet the requirements of qualifications on the National Qualifications framework including NCEA.

This course runs parallel with the Yachting New Zealand level 1 & 2 course with the YNZ course the higher standard the students on passing the YNZ course will then have been deemed to have completed the course work for NCEA with assessment included towards the end of the course.

A student who completes all 3 units in either stream is also entitled to be awarded the Yachting New Zealand certification, provided a qualified Yachting New Zealand Club, or Seamanship Instructor has taught them. These qualifications are recognised internationally for those who wish to charter a boat or obtain employment in the marine field.

There are two streams available, dinghy and keelboat. In both streams there are units on safety, basic principles, and on the water sailing. The *Basic principles unit is common to both dinghy and keelboat streams.

Currently we are offering three courses in our J24 keelboats total time will be 30-40 hours 

Courses can run all year round – Time for each session we will plan on booking.

Age: 12-18

Cost for a 30 hour course will be $360 per student (additional fee for more hours)
Cost of the NCEA credits will be as per your NCEA provider.


Yachting New Zealand Learn to Sail Level 1 & 2 Keel Boat

Duration - 30-40 Hours

Unit No: 21930    Credits: 2           Make safety preparations for sailing a keelboat - LTS 2
Unit No: 21931    Credits:3            Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of sailing - LTS 3
Unit No: 21933    Credits: 4           Carry out basic sailing and seamanship activities as a crew on a keelboat - LTS 5


NCEA points in Dinghy’s TBC

Further information relating to NCEA points:


Bookings are essential please contact the Sailing Academy: or 095343046




We have the perfect boat for you to learn to sail on.  The BBYC Sailing Academy has its own fleet of five modified J24 Keelboats.  J24’s are the best size boat to learn on and ours have been purposely modified for Learn to Sail.

Best Instructors:
We have a great team of Instructors at BBYC sailing academy.  Our Instructors are dedicated to giving you the best learn to sail experience available.  Our instructors are Yachting New Zealand qualified and have a huge amount of sailing and Coaching experience.

Instructor to Student Ratio:
On each boat we have four student and one instructor, this means you are an active part of the crew the whole time, as well as getting much more attention from the instructor.

Follow on Courses & Support:
Our goal is not only to teach you how to sail, but to get you regularly sailing and racing out of our club.  We offer a comprehensive training program, from learn to sail through to advance racing  and crew placement.





Where do I meet?
Please meet at the reception, Buckland’s Beach Yacht Club, Ara Tai drive, Half Moon Bay.

What do I  need to bring ?
A change of clothes, note pad and pen, lunch and drink, suncream and jumper.  You may have to allow for more to drink than usual.  We provide life jackets, and wet weather gear.

What should I wear?
Sailing requires physical effort so  ideally clothes should allow you to move freely.  Bring a few layers of clothes often be quite cool when on the water.  Track pants and sweat shirt for cool conditions and shorts and T-shirts for warmer days.  Boat shoes or sport shoes preferably with alight colored sole.  Sailing gloves to prevent rope burn.  Sun protection i.e. hat, sunglasses, sunscreen etc.  A zip-up bag to keep your gear in.

What if it is wet and windy conditions?
If it is going to be wet out there we have wet weather gear available, please don’t buy any.  If it is two windy to go sailing we will have a shorter theory session at the yacht club.  If is too windy two weeks in one course we will reschedule to use the reserve day.

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