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YNZ Courses - Race Management Seminars, Club Instructor Courses & Club Safety Boat Operator

Race Management Seminars
Race management seminars are targeted at anyone interested in learning or improving the knowledge and skills required to undertake any of the on the water duties to run round the buoys type yacht races. The course is suitable for beginners who want to know more, those with some experience on start boat or mark boat, those who have some experience as a race officer, those who wish to seek qualification as a Club Race Officer or National Race Officer and those very experienced wishing to revalidate. It is expected that experienced members will assist sharing their knowledge during the seminars.

Sessions will include:

Flags, timing, course options, course setting, using GPS, line sighting, recording, course changes, decisions of the race committee before and during racing and finishes.

Dates Region Yacht Club  Register by:   Cost   Facilitator 
28 & 29 August  Otago Otago YC 13 August Free J & L Parrish
3 & 4 July Wellington Evans Bay Y & MBC 18 June Free J & L Parrish
4 & 5 Sept. Northland Keri Keri YC 20 August Free J & L Parrish
18 & 19 Sept. Auckland Royal NZ Yacht Squadron 3 Sept Free J & L Parrish

Club Instructor Courses

The Club Instructor Course qualifies you to teach the Yachting New Zealand Learn to Sail Dinghy course. See the full course outline.

If you would like to register your interest for one of our courses and belong to a Yacht Club/Organisation affiliated to Yachting New Zealand, please fill out the form and return to Application forms are available on the Upcoming Courses page.

6 – 8 August, Murrays Bay, Auckland
13 – 15 August, Bucklands Beach Yacht Club, Auckland
14 – 15 August, Otago YC, Dunedin
20 – 22 August, Worser Bay Boating Club, Wellington
20 – 22 August, Queen Charlotte YC, Picton
27 – 29 August, Hamilton YC
3 - 5 September, Naval Point Club Lyttelton

Club Safety Boat Operator Course

Thanks to the Auckland Regional Council’s Coastal Enhancement Fund Yachting New Zealand is able to provide Club Safety Operator Driver courses to yacht clubs in the Auckland region at a heavily subsidised rate.

We are inviting clubs to host these courses. These would be good to schedule in before the season starts and everyone becomes too busy!

Coastguard Boating Education in conjunction with Yachting New Zealand has developed a special course for operators of club rescue and support craft. This course is very relevant and very thorough and aims to increase safety and proficiency of safety boat operators, enabling better safety cover for sailors involved in yacht club activities.

Modules include…
Preparation, Boat checks & Safety Equipment
NZ Law
Launching & retrieving
Boat handling
Mark Laying
Righting inverted & partially inverted craft
Casualty rescue
End of day procedures

The course can be run over one day or two evening sessions. No pre-requisites are required to take the course.

The cost to attend the course is $25 per person. This fee covers Coastguard Boating Education’s administration fee and the cost of the certificate.

The course requires a minimum of 10 participants with a maximum of 12. If your club is interested in hosting a course please contact Andrew Clouston on 09 361 4021 or

These courses are also available outside of Auckland at the full rate.

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