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Learn to Sail Holidays in the Bay of Islands

Learn to sail in the beautiful Bay of Islands, with the experienced sailing instructors at Great Escape sailing school. From our intensive 2-day learn to sail course, to our more relaxed 5- and 6-day learn to sail holidays, there’s a sailing course here to suit you.

The Bay of Islands is a sailing paradise, and the perfect setting for a learn to sail holiday. Calm waters, sheltered anchorages, stunning scenery – we guarantee you a sailing course to remember.


2-Day Learn to Sail Course

Introduction to Sailing $445 per person

Two full days sailing instruction on the water gives you the ability and skills to sail by yourself as skipper or crew. Includes one night accommodation on board.


5-Day Adventure Learn to Sail Holiday

Level 1 NZYF sailing course $720 per person

The perfect way to take up sailing. Combines the 2-day lean to sail course with three days of cruising and exploring the Bay of Islands by yourself. Stay aboard for four nights. Includes course, manual, and certificate. Find out more >>


6-Day Adventure Learn to Sail Holiday

Level 1 + 2 NZYF sailing course $890 per person

Three full days sailing instruction with more in-depth sail training, boat handling in tight places, plus navigation skills. Followed by three days of cruising the Bay of Islands by yourself. Spend five nights onboard. Includes course, manual and certificate. Find out more >>


5-Day Advanced Sailing Course

Level 3 NZYF sailing course $1490 per person

5 day live aboard sailing course with meals and course materials provided. This more advanced sailing course includes navigation and night sailing. An excellent course if you have already learned to sail and wish to step up to chartering larger yachts as skipper, sharing the fun of sailing holidays with friends and family. Perfect if you are considering boat ownership or just a great course to improve your sailing skills and confidence. Minimum 2 students, maximum 4. Find out more >>


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