Back to top anchor
Close main menu
Open main menu Close main menu
Situations Vacant

Situations vacant

Yachting New Zealand positions available

There are no positions available at this time.

Other positions available

Learn to Sail Lead Coach - Murrays Bay Sailing Club

Overview of the position
Murrays Bay Sailing Club was founded in 1959, and our goal is to be the club that provides sailors with the best possible environment and opportunity to sail fast and achieve excellence in the sport of centreboard sailing. Our Learn to Sail programmes are the first step into starting the lifelong learning experience that sailing offers, and is vital for the continued success of the club.

With programmes that run during the term 1 and term 4 school terms, the Learn-to-Sail head coach’s day-to-day role includes a variety of tasks, including on water coaching and off water administration within the club, outreach to schools, and regular communication with the parents involved.

Overview of hours

  • 2 holiday programmes, end of term 3 school holidays (September 30th - October 2, October 7-9). Approximately 25 hours each programme
  • Regular coaching during the twice a week term 4 and term 1 programmes (TBC dates, but likely October 16 - December 15th, and then again January 29 - April 1). Approximately 16 hours/week
  • Once a week programme, Saturdays 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Twice a week programme, Wednesday 3:30pm - 7:30pm, Sunday 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • 2 holiday programmes, before term 1 starts (January 6 - 8, January 13 - 15). Approximately 25 hours each programme
  • Additional administrative outreach and upkeep, approximately 4 hours/week

Qualifications and relevant experience

  • Relevant experience managing a group of sailors of 10-12 and making critical calls regarding weather, beach launching
  • Experience with seasonal programme planning for young sailors between 8 & 14 years old
  • Experience leading and helping to upskill between 1 and 3 coaches who will be under your leadership
  • Experience with engaging parents to increase the value of the programme for the sailors
  • Must have some coach boat driving certification, vhf license, and relevant YNZ LTS coaching qualification (or equivalent)
  • At least 2 years of previous seasons coaching experience

Remuneration and benefits

  • Wage - hourly wage as a contractor, relevant to experience
  • Help and support finding suitable accommodation

We are also looking for new supporting coaches that are keen to upskill and coach in a part time capacity on any of the above sessions.

This is a seasonal role with approximately 20-25 hours of work available, with more opportunities to coach for the right candidate. Any inquiries and resumes can be directed to Peter Soosalu, Manager & Club Coach, at


Naval Point Club Lyttelton - Club manager

The Club
Naval Point Club Lyttelton Inc was established in 2001 following the amalgamation of the Banks Peninsula Cruising Club est. 1932 and Canterbury Yacht and Motor Boat Club est 1921. With over 750 members the Club, based at Magazine Bay in Lyttelton, provides opportunities for boats of all classes, including junior/youth dinghies, senior dinghies, windsurf, trailer yachts, keelboats, powerboats, waka, jet-ski, swim and other open water sport. The Club operates a wide variety of services for its members (some of which are also available to non-members), including Haulout Facilities and Maintenance, Storage Facilities, Venue Hire of its Club rooms, Moorings and Coaching & Training. A strong youth sailing programme is operated from the Club and it regularly hosts local and national competitions. The Club also provides an important social meeting place for the members.

The Role
NPCL is at a critical point in its operations.

Governance and club committees have been structured to provide a balance between focus on the core activities our members are looking for from their membership and the Clubs long term financial sustainability as we prepare and progress forward into our future as the Naval Point area is developed.

Our club rooms and other land-based infrastructure post-earthquake are compromised but until the Naval Point development, via the CCC, is finalised we must manage our operations as best we can, applying maintenance to facilities sparingly, as we preserve our capital and interest income for the new developments.

While we can plan for the future, we must also ensure we "stick to our knitting" in our day to day operations and meet the expectations of our members in a cost-effective manner.

The key role of the appointed Club Manager will be to focus on improving our current operational performance and financial outcomes. This is expected to require change from the status quo and the appointee will be instrumental in identifying the changes needed and implementing these.

Planning for our future, post Naval Point development, will remain the focus of the Board but the appointee will be expected to provide input into this as the development planning progresses.

To provide the required leadership to the operations of the Club, the Club Manager role advertised is fulltime with flexibility in hours but in recognition of the major changes possible to our operations post Naval Point Development, a fixed term appointment of 24 months is envisaged.

The Person
We seek a candidate ideally with a background in water sports who is passionate about developing an outstanding water sports facility for Canterbury. The successful candidate will have strong management skills, with the ability to "make things happen" at an operational level, displaying enthusiasm and determination in fulfilling the myriad of tasks required to run the Club on a day today basis.

Previous experience in the management of a club would be an advantage, although not essential.

You will be a strong relationship builder to enable smooth relationships to be established and maintained with the Board, stakeholders, staff, members and volunteers.

Your commercial acumen will be matched by your skill in identifying and then capitalising on opportunities, finding innovative solutions and thinking "outside the square.

The position requires flexibility in hours with weekend work and attendance at Club social events.

Finally, the people who implement and deliver the Club's strategies are of fundamental importance to the Club achieving its operational, and commercial aims.

Accordingly, we are seeking a natural leader with a significant commitment to developing the people resources of an organisation.

To receive the full details on the role, please provide a covering letter including:-

  • information on residency and your right to work in New Zealand,
  • information on how much notice you are required to give your existing employer
  • What your expectation for salary is.

and your CV with details to

Applications Close June 30, 2019


Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club - Sailing School Race and Learn to Sail Coach

Start Date: September 2019

Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club (TYPBC) are looking to appoint an experienced race coach for junior sailors with learn to sail experience.

Based in Tauranga Harbour, 2.5 hours from Auckland, New Zealand, TYPBC have 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, O'pen Skiff, P Class, Starling, Laser, Schools 420 team racing and windsurfing, along with school sailing taster programmes. The race programme is not large enough to sustain a fulltime race coach, so the appointee will also be required to coach on the learn to sail programme.

Race coach duties and responsibilities:

  • Coaching and managing the race programme of junior sailors
    • 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
    • Developing, reviewing 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
  • Assisting on the LTS programmes
    • Assisting LTS coach with the weekday school programmes. At times, this will require the coach to lead a programme for schools and direct other coaches.

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
  • Previous LTS coaching experience
    • 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)

Additional skills

  • Windsurf/boardsailing coaching experience would be beneficial but not essential


  • The role will report to the club manager for the race programme and to the LTS coach for the learn to sail programme.
    • The roles will require communication between race and LTS coaches to ensure both programmes are run effectively

The coach can expect between 30 and 40 hours per week. Most sessions run after school and on weekends, with day-long programmes during school holidays. Week day school coaching at times will also be required. Some travel to regattas will also be required.

Onsite shared accommodation is available.

Reply to Lynne on

Maraetai Sailing Club - 2019/2020 Club Coaches

Start Date: September 2019

Maraetai Sailing Club is looking for 3 club coaches to for the 2019/2020 season starting September 2019.

Head Coachto take charge of our coaching programs from our Learn To Sail in Optimists, through to our P Class, Starling and Laser fleets.  Hours: approx. 20 + hours per week. 

Learn to Sail Coach to head up our Learn to Sail program in Optimists for kids from age 9 and up. Hours: approx. approx. 8-10 hours per week

Learn to Race /Regatta Coach Hours: approx. approx. 8-10 hours per week.

For more information or to apply please contact

(Posted February 2019)