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Yachting New Zealand positions available

Yachting New Zealand Kōkōkaha Sailing Instructors

Yachting New Zealand are looking for qualified sailing instructors to deliver sailing experiences for school groups in term 1 2021, as part of our new school programme, Kōkōkaha - Powered by the Wind. This role will include travel around the country with the Kōkōkaha roaming trailer.

This is a contract position commencing early January 2021 and continuing through until end of April 2021 (with the possibility to extend into May/June 2021).

Kōkōkaha is all about giving children the opportunity to feel the power of the wind, through an introduction sailing experience. That means we're looking for a creative, fun and energetic person who has experience teaching children the basics of sailing dinghies.

This is a fun and fulfilling role, giving Kiwi kids a chance to have a go at sailing while travelling the country. A willingness to travel away from home and an ability to self-manage are prerequisites.

We are looking for coaches/instructors who have a good depth of experience working with brand new sailors and has a proven track record of delivering safe and successful programmes. 

Please note that only people with sailing coaching qualifications/experience and a right to reside and work in New Zealand should apply.

More information about Kōkōkaha-Powered by the Wind is available here

For a job description or further information, please contact Raynor Haagh on or (09) 361 1371

Applications, preferably via email, should be sent to or PO Box 33 1487, Takapuna, Auckland 0740.

Applications close November 20, 2020

Other positions available


Sailing coach and sailing cruiser instructor and crew - Japan

A Japanese company are looking sailing coaches, instructors and crew from New Zealand to work throughout the Japanese summer (May to October) at their venues in Enoshima and Osaka. 

Enoshima will host the sailing at next year's Olympics, so the town will be buzzing over July and August. It is situated 60 minutes by train from Tokyo.

The positions are dependent on border restrictions into Japan being lifted.

For more information on the Enoshima club see here and for more on the Osaka venue, see here. Alternatively contact Shozo Matsuo on

Clarks Beach Yacht Club - LTS Coach

Clarks Beach Yacht Club hopes to run a 3 day Learn to Sail course in January for 10-15 youngsters and needs a qualified Learn to Sail instructor to lead the club volunteers. Clarks Beach is in the Southwest corner of the Manukau harbour, 20 minutes from the Papakura offramp and enjoys good sailing conditions. Assistance with accommodation may be possible.

Applicants should contact to arrange a phone call for more details.

Scots College is seeking to appoint a Director of Sailing. This will be a part time contractor position of 15-20 hours per week primarily between the months of October and March. The Director of Sailing will have management and administrative oversight of the Tup Radford InterCollegiate Yachting Academy (TRIYA). Established in 2003 TRIYA is a registered Charity with its own Board. Located in Evans Bay, it runs learn to sail and development programs for students from a number of Wellington Colleges and is flourishing. To cope with the increasing demands we are seeking to appoint an administrator to oversee its operation and Coaches. The appointee will also carry out some coaching.

Scots College is an independent, Presbyterian co-educational school located in Strathmore, Wellington.  It is well known for its holistic approach to education, encouraging all its students to explore not only the academic, but the sporting, cultural and spiritual dimensions of life.  Its motto is “Learning. For Life” which reflects its objective to send each young man off into the world well prepared for the challenges ahead. This is your chance to work in a school that has created a culture, environment and atmosphere which all influence students’ learning.

The successful applicant will:

  • Have a passion for working with young people
  • Be willing and able to commit to the required administrative requirements of the Academy
  • Possess a talent for working with young people, and developing their talents.
  • Be able to motivate and drive students
  • Be committed to the development of sailing in the College
  • Have knowledge and experience of sailing and coaching
  • Show exceptional commitment
  • Be willing to “go the extra mile”

The Director of Sailing will be part of the College’s sports management team and will have a passion for sailing, and the development of young people. We are seeking expressions of interest from individuals who should in the first instance submit a CV and covering letter by 5pm Wednesday, 28 October.  These are to be submitted electronically to:

Claire Hinton
Human Resources Manager
Tel. 04 388 0854

PO Box 15 064, Miramar, Wellington 6243

Russell Coutts Sailing Foundation Trust - General Manager and Head Coach
The Russell Coutts Sailing Foundation Trust is looking to fill a permanent position for a general manager and head coach in New Zealand.

The foundation operate out of the Manly Sailing Club on the Whangaparoa Peninsula and their primary aim is to introduce children to the joys of sailing and to help each participant grow in character and personal confidence.

The Foundation's training programs incorporate the coaching of sailing skills, as well as providing opportunities for non-competitive fun events on the water and social events off the water, for both the sailors and their families.

Interested please contact Fiona Rist at

Napier Sailing Club - Head Coach
Overall responsibility for the Sailing Programme
Plan the overall programme for Learn to Sail and Race Coaching
Communicate with sailors and parents
Provide leadership and guidance to junior coaches, including induction, programming,
briefing and debriefing
Oversee maintenance on sailing dinghies
Complete required administrative tasks
Set team and individual sailing goals
Help young sailors develop fitness programmes
Travel to regattas with sailors
Assist in raising awareness of sailing in Hawkes Bay
Increase engagement across Hawkes Bay
Help develop clear pathways for sailors to encourage continuity in their yachting career

Programmes to oversee at Napier Sailing Club in conjunction with HB Sail and NSC

Optimist program
End of the 2020 season we have around 8 optimists in the open fleet, and 25 in
rainbow/green with more expected to join from school programs finishing at the end of term
1. We want to have focus on getting as many sailors as possible to regattas and some into travelling teams, historically Napier used to have around 20-25 sailors at nationals.

Intermediate programme
Consists of Starling, 420 and Lasers.
We want to encourage more high level sailing and move top sailors into youth classes. 
There are currently around 8 starlings with only 1 that travels to regattas and would be in the top 20. 
There are three Youth Laser sailors who have good skill level but have not had much coaching.

Elliott Programme. 
- Develop Youth Match Racing
- Womens Wednesday night racing
- Yo Pro sailing series
- Corporate - social
- Corporate - competitive
- Match racing high school teams
- Mens monday night racing

420  Programme (9 Boats HBNET, Lindisfarne College x 4)
- Youth - competitive
- Lindisfarne College Team sailing
- Napier Girls High Team Sailing 
- Napier Boys High Team Sailing
- Combined school team sailing

Learn to Sail Programs
- Adult Learn to sail (Elliott 6) 
- Womens Learn to Sail (Elliott 6) 
- Teenager Learn to Sail (Elliot + 420)
- Junior Learn to Sail (Optimist)

- School Learn to sail (Optimist)
-  School Learn to sail (Elliott)

‘Have a go’ sessions
- Team Building corporate
- Christmas Do’s
- Optimist EOTC day 
- Prefect Team Building

1. To promote sailing to a wide audience in Hawke’s Bay.
2. To achieve specific targets with individual sailors attending a range of events
including, but not limited to:
- Women’s Keelboat Nationals
- Starling Nationals
- 420 Nationals
- Optimist Nationals
- Youth Class Nationals

For more information and to apply, contact Adrian Mannering at

Macandrew Bay Boating Club, Dunedin - Assistant Club Coach
Applicants must be familiar with coaching Optis, Bics, RS Feva and Sunburst.

For further Information please contact Ross Whitburn on 0274323509

Pier21 - weekend dry stack operator
Pier21 are looking for a weekend dry stack operator to work alongside their drystack operator on every second weekend (7.30am-5pm) and possibly some school vacation time. Full training will be given and uniform supplied.

Some boating knowledge and experience with water craft is preferred.
See here for more information on Pier21 or email

Skipper & sailing instructor wanted to lead teen sailing programmes
Broadreach are leaders in experiential programmes abroad for middle school through college aged students. Over the past 26 years, more than 18,000 students have travelled with Broadreach to over 40 countries. 

Their mission is to challenge students to broaden their perspectives through new experiences and environments, to inspire them to develop lifelong skills, to discover and explore their passions, and to empower them to reach beyond limitations and take charge of their future. 

Broadreach are an IYT (International Yacht Training) partner school and offers courses from Introduction to Yachting to Bareboat Skipper.

Skippers lead summer live-aboard diving, sailing and marine science programmes in the Caribbean aboard 40-55 ft. catamarans and monohulls. 

Skippers teach sailing lessons and, along with their co-leaders, facilitate positive group dynamics, lead games, assist students with cooking and cleaning duties along with cultivating personal growth and leadership development in their students. Their staff prioritise safety and are energetic role models who excel in building meaningful relationships with their students. Leading a Broadreach programme is a fun, rewarding, and demanding position. 

Broadreach maintain a small group size of 12 students or less led by two or three instructors. Programmes range from 12 to 37 days and can be challenging for students and instructors, which makes a positive demeanor essential. Their strongest instructors are flexible, team players who excel in quickly-changing scenarios, while maintaining a supportive, fun, and cohesive community.

Contracts range from four to 10 weeks in length from early June through late August.


  • Licensed US Coast Guard Captain, Yachtmaster or equivalent experience
  • Comfort operating a yacht over 45 feet from standard operations to sail training
  • Small boat handling skills as staff regularly operate RIBs and small boats with 6hp to 50hp outboards
  • Able to confidently maneuver in tight harbors and anchorages under power
  • Understanding of basic yacht and diesel engine maintenance
  • Experience in multi-day sailing trips/deliveries/chartering
  • Experience working with teens or young adults required; experience teaching sailing to youth ideal
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills, able to work without direct supervision and adaptable to often changing, dynamic environments
  • Passion for mentoring and motivating students
  • Physically fit and able to participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, snorkeling, etc
  • Demonstrated success working on diverse teams with a collaborative mindset
  • Great communication skills and a professional demeanor to serve as a Broadreach ambassador
  • Able to attend staff training in St. Martin the first week of June

Preferred Skills & Attributes:

  • Experience teaching sailing to teens or young adults or significant experience working with youth in a mentorship capacity
  • Experience leading teens or young adults on multi-day programmes
  • Significant international travel experience
  • Open availability from early June to mid-August increases chance of placement
  • Wilderness First Responder certification or higher or willingness to obtain before programme 

Catch a glimpse of a day in the life on a Caribbean programme is like in this video

Learn more details or apply now

TYPBC Sailing School Race Coach
Start Date
: September 2020

Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat (TYPBC) is looking to appoint a qualified and experienced Race Coach to lead their sailing programme for 2020 and 2021 seasons:

Based in Tauranga Harbour, 2 ½ hours from Auckland, New Zealand; TYPBC has a strong history of producing Olympic and America’s Cup champions.

The TYPBC Sailing School offers Learn to Sail and Race programmes to youth and adults in Optimist, Open Skiff, P Class, Starling, Laser, Schools 420 team racing and Windsurfing along with school sailing taster programmes.

Race Coach Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coaching and Managing the race programme
  • Planning courses and course content
  • Maintaining a record of Race Coaching revenues and expenses
  • Liaising with sailors, parents, schools and teachers and TYPBC Centreboard committee with regards to course information, registration, invoicing
  • Setting team and individual sailing goals
  • Attending and coaching at regattas
  • Develop, review and implement sailing school procedures, risk management, safety plans and documentation
  • In conjunction with the LTS Coach; maintaining the sailing equipment, safety boats and facility, keeping them looking good, safe and in good working order at all times.
  • Maintain Club policies and safety standards and local bylaws at all times.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to junior coaches
  • Complete an end of season report to the TYPBC executive.

Race Coach Specific Requirements

  • Yachting New Zealand Learn to Sail and Racing Coach qualification or equivalent (RYA Instructor, Yachting Australia Instructor etc)
  • Previous racing and race coaching experience
  • Maintaining the sailing equipment, safety boats and facility, keeping them looking good, safe and in good working order at all times.
  • Maintain Club policies and safety standards and local bylaws at all times.
  • Complete an end of season report to the TYPBC executive
  • The management, induction and programming and debriefing of Junior Coaches.
  • Powerboat driver’s qualification and current First Aid qualification
  • Ability to operate a full range of small sailboats and motorboats safely
  • Flexible with working hours
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (competent in English language)
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills, a positive attitude and ability to work independently as well as being a part of a team.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, email, social media and website)


  • The role reports to the TYPBC Club Manager
  • The role will require communication between Race and LTS Coaches to ensure both programmes are run effectively

Coaches can expect between 30 and 40 hours per week. Programmes run week day time, after school and on weekends, with day long programmes during school holidays. Some travel to regattas will also be required.

Onsite shared accommodation is available and shared use of a club car.
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