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Yachting New Zealand positions available

Yachting New Zealand "Kōkōkaha" Sailing Instructors

Job Position: Kōkōkaha" Sailing Instructors
Start Date:  mid-late January 2021
Apply CV: Please send CV to

Yachting New Zealand are looking for two qualified sailing instructors to deliver sailing experiences for school groups in Term 1 2021, as part of our new Kōkōkaha - Powered by the Wind school programme. This role will include traveling around the central and lower North Island with the Kōkōkaha roaming trailer. This is a contract position commencing mid-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 introductory sailing experience. Therefore, a creative, fun and energetic personality along with experience teaching children the basics of sailing dinghies is a must!

This a very fun and fulfilling role, giving Kiwi kids a chance to have a go at sailing, while traveling the country.

A willingness to travel away from home and an ability to self-manage are prerequisites. This opportunity may suit a couple looking to work together.

We are looking for coaches/instructors that 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 online at

For a job description or further information please contact Raynor Haagh 

Applications with a cover letter and CV, should be sent to Raynor Haagh

Other positions available

Waikato Thames Yachting Association - Youth Sailing Coach

Job Position: Sailing Coach
Start Date:  February 2021
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Closing Date:  31st January 2021

A short term, (February, March, April) casual position has become available in the Waikato Thames Coromandel Region for a sailing coach working predominately with beginner youth.

Applicants will have

  • Completed a YNZ Coaches Course or similar
  • Completed a recognised first aid course            
  • An encouraging manner with youth
  • A driver’s licence and vehicle
  • An appreciation for client’s health and safety

Domicile in the Waikato, work will be predominately week days with a bias to afternoon and evenings. 

Adequate time will be managed for your own sailing where possible.


Bucklands Beach Yacht Club Coach 2020-2021
Job Position:
Sailing Coach

Start Date:  February 2021
Apply CV: Please send CV to Sarah Jane Fairley
Closing Date:  21st January 2021

Expressions of interest are invited for the position of Sailing Coach at the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club.

Bucklands Beach Yacht Club is based in Half Moon Bay, Auckland and sail around the Tamaki River area.  Bucklands Beach Yacht Club is one of Auckland’s few Sailing Academy’s that cover everything from Junior Learn to Sail to Adult Learn to Sail; and also focuses on the School Team Sailing Program.  We also have a Centreboard division where the children train in Optimists for the Green Fleet. And race optimists and other classes.  

This is an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated and well organised person who is a skilled sailing coach.  The successful candidate will have skills such as great communication and a team builder to continue coaching our successful sailing programs.

Primary focus:

  • Learn to Sail programs during the season.
  • Holiday programs & weekend coaching programs.
  • Developing the skills of sailors through YNZ Learn to Sail program.
  • Focus on junior and youth fleet, including Optimist & Sunbursts.
  • School Teams sailing coaching in our 420’s after school Mon, Tues & Thurs.
  • Our School Have a Go Programme during the week.
  • Travelling away regattas as required by the Club.
  • Mentoring young Sailors.
  • Adult Learn to Sail Level 1 & 2 in our J24 Keel Boats. (Would be an advantage)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Yachting New Zealand Lean to Sail Coach 1 & 2
  • Yachting New Zealand Race Coach
  • Yachting New Zealand Keelboat Coach
  • Powerboat Drivers Qualifications
  • Current St Johns First Aid Certificate

This is a role which will be primarily based at weekends for approx. 7 hours either Saturday or Sunday, and requires the coach to be available for our different activities over the season and be available to work weekends, with some week day work as required.

NZ Sailing Trust - Deckhands, 1st Mates and Skippers

The NZ Sailing Trust are seeking expressions of interest for deckhands, 1st mate and skippers on a paid casual or volunteer basis.

Skippers are required to have relevant sailing and skipper experience, hold an SRL and relevant endorsements.

Applicants would need to demonstrate a passion for sailing and working with youth.

The NZ Sailing Trust have been running sailing experiences for youth on two of New Zealand's most iconic boats - Lion New Zealand and Steinlager II - since 2008.

More information is available by contacting or contacting Paul Powney on 022 424 5055.

Royal Akarana Yacht Club - Community and Education Programme Manager

A new and exciting opportunity to work with one of New Zealand's oldest and most accomplished yacht clubs within a stunning new sports facility. 

This new role will be taking on and building the community and education aspect of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club and the Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust. Helping deliver our mission of creating safe pathways to the sea through the work of our Academy, adult learn to sail and New Navigators programmes. 

You will have a passion for working with young people mixed with a desire and skills to build and promote our fabulous programmes to a wide audience.

Click here for full details.

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.

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

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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