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Internationally accredited Sailing School in the Bay of Islands

Learn to sail with us then sail yourself in the beautiful Bay of Islands.  Whether you are a novice sailor just out to have fun on the water or want to sail off-shore and explore the world, Great Escape with Yachting New Zealand and IYT (International Yacht Training) can help you do it better and safer.  From our intensive 2-day introductory 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.

We follow the Yachting New Zealand keelboat syllabus, IYT modular sail training units and supplement it with practical, tailored sail training to ensure you can safely skipper one of our yachts in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

As an IYT (International Yacht Training) accredited partner school, our sailors can obtain international recreational maritime qualifications up to Bareboat Skipper Sail with ICC (International Certificate of Competence).

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


2-Day Learn to Sail Course

Introduction to Sailing – $445 per person

Short of time but want to try sailing? Not sure if sailing is for you?

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5 day sailing adventure

5-Day Adventure Sailing Course

YNZ Level 1 or 2 – $720 per person

Done a bit of boating or have some sailing skills already, but very little time as skipper?

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6 day learn to sail holiday

6-Day Sailing Holiday

YNZ Level 1 or 2 – $890 per person

New to sailing, or want more time on the water before you cast off alone? Keen to step up to the next level qualification?

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Sailing Raven

5-Day Advanced Sailing Course

YNZ Level 3 – $1490 per person

Done a few miles on the water? Thinking about buying your own boat?

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Congratulations to Cath and Terry, our first IYT (International Yacht Training) graduates. Cath and Terry completed the six-day sailing course and obtained their International Crew Certification and the Yachting New Zealand Level 2. They had some pretty challenging conditions on their self-sail, made excellent decisions, had fun and arrived back at the dock very competently. Well done, an excellent start to your sailing adventures. ... See MoreSee Less

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