Course overviews and activities

Term 1 2021 Enrolments are Open.

Please register as soon as possible using the "Sign up now" button at the bottom of this page.

LTS classes start the week of Monday 8/2, running until the week of 12/4. 

Please review the information below and follow the registration link to enrol. If you have any remaining questions, please mail

Learn to Sail Course Overviews    

The Point Chevalier Sailing Club runs learn to sail programs for kids, teenagers and adults as well as beginners and skilled sailors. The sessions are run from the Raymond Reserve in Auckland in Terms 1 and 4.

There are essentially two streams of learning at PCSC (click on the links for more information):

1. Sailing in Optimists for Juniors. 

2. Sailing in Starlings, Laser 4.7 & Splash for teenagers and adults. 

The courses are run after school or work on a week day and on Saturday in terms one and four. 

Beginner courses follow the Yachting New Zealand Learn to Sail Syllabus, then the programs develop into groups for intermediate sailors and racers.

We have boats you can use to get you started for the first term.

PCSC also runs an organised race program that takes place on Sundays so you can have fun and put it all into practice.

What we do

You’ll learn how to sail a dinghy – or if you already know we will put you in a group with others of similar ability, including sailors and racers to all levels. Each session will have a briefing before and after and we will work on all the things you need to know to be able to control your vessel confidently. We’ll be doing a combination of adventure sailing and round the buoys. If the weather is bad we’ll be learning how to tie knots, and we’ll go over things like tides, wind, and boat setup or fun stuff like harbor swimming back to shore with all our gear on. The idea is to have fun and gain confidence – leading to racing for those who are confident and keen.

Destination Sailing.

The destination sailing group is dedicated to capturing the fun of sailing. Their aim is to enjoy the ease of launching and retrieving over high tides and sailing in steady warm breezes. If the conditions are not conducive to easy pleasant sailing they won't go. Everybody is welcome. Sailors should be able to sail upwind. Group organisers will be able to assess the ability of your sailor to participate in the activities and some restrictions may be needed to ensure safety for all involved. 


If you have your own Optimist, Starling or Laser dinghy that is ideal.

If you want to purchase a dinghy we can give advice.

Up to 50kg Optimist, 9yrs and up.

50-65kg Starling, teens.

65kg+ Laser Radial.

Following this are a number of Senior Classes based on ability and your inclination.


Course and Membership Costs

Course cost is made up of three components: an annual membership fee (if not already a member), a course fee and boat hire (if required). 

Annual Membership

Membership typeAnnual Fee* (from 1 July to 30 June)
Senior (over 18 at 1 July. Includes $27.80 Yachting NZ levy).  $140 
Family (up to 2 adults and two children under 18. Includes YNZ levy $55.66 for 2, $69.58 for 3)  $170 
Junior (under 18. Includes $27.80 Yachting NZ levy)  $70 
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Child Learn to Sail level 1, per term $110
Child / Youth learn To Sail, levels and above, per term $125
Adult learn To Sail, per term $150
Destination sailing group, per term. Snack money only, to be determined. -

Boat hire

 First timer use of a Waterwise Optimist per term  $80
 Club Starling, Splash or Laser 4.7 per term     $100

Caregiver Participation.

Parent help is important to the success of the LTS program. You don't need to be a sailor to make a difference. We need parents/partners to coach (ask about becoming YNZ certified), help crew safety boats, monitor the sign in/out sheet, bring up trolleys, hose down boats, put gear away, monitor kids to make sure boats are packed up properly, make hot drinks for kids, operate the barbecue and offer encouragement. Parents don’t need to be sailors but if they are - great.

Leave it better than how you found it. If the club should be doing something and it isn't, consider getting involved and help make that change happen. Use the contacts section of this site to track down the next committee meeting and get into it.


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Learn to sail group returning to Pt Chev. Term 1 2016