Kohimarama Yacht club runs a Learn to Sail (LTS) programme for children. The course runs over 10 weeks, on a Sunday. Once the children graduate from LTS they go onto another 10 week course called, Learn to Race, which prepares them for racing. The coaching is a structured programme providing the basic skills to enjoy sailing.
The training is done in an Optimist, and the ideal age is 9 to 11 years old. The club has a number of Optimist boats that can be rented for the 10 week LTS course.
There are two intakes each year into the LTS course, mid September and the first weekend in February. To secure a place, register your interest early as there is high demand especially for the February course.
The ratio of coaches for LTS is one to five, all coaches have completed the Yachting NZ junior coaching course.
Sailors will need to be able to swim 50 metres in full sailing kit to do the LTS course. The gear they will need is a lifejacket, some thermals for warmth, beach shoes, a spray jacket is useful for warmth. Gloves, sunglasses, cap are also worth investing in.
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