Sailing School

Learn to sail, sailing the sport for life.


Great Escape Sailing School has been helping sailors develop sailing expertise for over thirty years, our graduates are now sailing successfully all over the world.  Our instructors are all passionate sailors with many ocean miles, numerous regattas and years of sailing.  We follow the Yachting New Zealand (YNZ) keelboat syllabus, offer IYT (International Yacht Training) certification and supplement the formal syllabus with practical tailored information to ensure you can safely skipper one of our boats in the beautiful Bay of Islands.


  • Your sailing aspirations are at the heart of our sailing tuition
  • Content is tailored to your experience so that you gain the qualifications you desire and develop the expertise you need to competently crew or skipper a yacht
  • You and your sailing partner[1] have the instructor and a yacht to yourselves
    • Courses usually only two people but the Noelex 25 can cater for three or a small family if you prefer.
  • Proven practical Yachting New Zealand Learn to Sail program
  • Accredited IYT Sailing School enabling you to gain international qualifications



skippering yourself

Start as a complete novice and be out skippering yourself after only three days

sailing skippers qualification

Gain an internationally recognised recreational sailing skippers’ qualification

safely skipper your boat

Safely skipper your own boat in our world renown cruising grounds