Cruising crew

The Cruising Crew course follows on from the Learn to sail Keelboats course. As this is a level 2 course, completion of a level one Learn to Sail course is a pre-requisite. The course focuses on seamanship skills – the skills needed to go cruising on board a yacht. It will allow you to develop a better understanding of seamanship, and introduces the wonderful world of cruising in a yacht.

The course forms part of the Yachting NZ National Sailing Scheme and on completion participants will be awarded a YNZ National Sailing Scheme Level 2 Basic Skills (Cruising Crew) Certificate.


New skills taught include:

  • coming alongside
  • anchoring
  • picking up moorings
  • making fast/towing a dinghy
  • basic chart work
  • sail handling
  • preparing a boat for sea
  • safety at sea
  • engine maintenance
  • night sailing

Upcoming courses

CC 252: Sundays: March 10th 9am-4pm, 17th 9am-4pm, and 24th afternoon and Night Sail 2pm-9pm. $790. Fully booked. Please email to be added to the waitlist.

CC 253: Sundays: April 7th 9am-4pm, 14th 9am-4pm, and 21st afternoon and Night Sail 1pm-8pm. $790. Fully booked. Please email to be added to the waitlist.

CC 254: Saturdays: June 15th and 22nd 9am-4pm, 29th afternoon and Night Sail 1pm-8pm. $790. Seven seats remaining (2-boat course).

CC 255: Saturdays: September 7th & 14th 9am-4pm, afternoon and Night Sail 21st 2pm-9pm. $790. Four seats remaining.

CC 256: Sundays: September 29th and October 6th 9am-4pm, October 13th 3pm-10pm. $790. Four seats remaining.

To book, please select the course start date and number of people attending from the book now box on this page.  If you need help check out our booking help.  Please note all courses are subject to minimum booking numbers to run.

If these course times don’t suit please email to be notified when new courses are scheduled.

What to wear

This is a hands on course that spends lots of time on the water. For on going out on the water dress warmly, even in summer. A wool or polypropylene base layer is a good idea, with at least one more warm layer on top. We provide you with a good quality set of breathable waterproof gear (pants and jacket) along with a lifejacket. A hat and sunglasses are also a good idea. Make sure that you have a strap or similar so that you don’t lose these overboard!

Weather information

We are subject to the joys and challenges of Wellington’s wind and weather. Course components are flexible and instructors will use their best judgement to adjust the course components to suit the weather. If the weather is unsuitable for sailing, often we can get ahead on some of the classroom based sessions. On rare occasions where we have sustained bad weather we may have to reschedule a session.