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Yachting New Zealand "Volvo Sailing…Have a Go!" Central Region Instructor 

Yachting New Zealand is looking for a qualified sailing instructor in the Central Region for the 2018/2019 Volvo Sailing…Have a Go! programme. The Central Region involves travel from Waikato to Wellington. This is a contract position commencing early October 2018 and continuing through until end of April 2019 (with the possibility to extend into May 2019).

Volvo Sailing…Have a Go! is all about giving children the opportunity to experience the thrills and spills of sailing. Therefore, a creative, fun and energetic personality along with experience teaching children the basics of sailing is a must! 

This a very fun and fulfilling role, giving over 1000 kids a chance to have a go at sailing, whilst travelling the North Island. 

A willingness to travel away from home and an ability to self-manage are prerequisite.

We are looking for a coach/instructor that has 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 Sailing…Have a go! is available online at www.yachtingnz.org.nz/learn-to-sail/volvo-sailing-have-a-go

Applications close 12th September 2018

For a Job Description or further information please contact Danika (Sailing…Have a go! Coordinator) danika@yachtingnz.org.nz or (09) 361 4020

Applications, preferably via email, should be sent to Danika Mowlem, danika@yachtingnz.org.nz

Post to PO Box 33 1487, Takapuna, Auckland 0740


Other Yachting Positions

There are currently many coaching positions heading as clubs get ready for the new season. Please get in touch with Gareth the Coach Development Manager at Yachting New Zealand to discuss these opportunities.

Kerikeri Cruising Club - Club Sailing Coordinator Needed

The Kerikeri Cruising Club requires a Sailing Coordinator to manage & assist delivery of the Club’s sailing programmes, provide administration & programme support. This will include coordinating coaches (paid & volunteers), further developing, marketing & promoting the Club’s sailing plan & education programmes, & liaising with sailors & interested community groups.

Requires a friendly outgoing person who can work with a wide range of people & has a passion for sailing & working with young people. Reports to the Club Manager & coordinates with the Centreboard & Keelboat committees.

12 months fixed term, part-time position with seasonal work variations

Evening, weekend & holiday season work required

A full job description can be downloaded here.

Maraetai Sailing Club

Qualified Learn to Sail or Learn to Race coaches wanted for the coming season

Please contact admin@maraetaiboatclub.org.nz

Bucklands Beach Yacht Club Coach 2018 - 2019

Job Position: Senior Sailing Coach

Start Date:  September 2018

Apply CV: Please send CV to Sarah Jane Fairley coach@bbyc.org.nz

Closing Date:  17th August 2018

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

Bucklands Beach Yacht Club is based in Half Moon Bay, Auckland and sail out of 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 Racing Program.  We also have a Centreboard division where the children train to race in the Optimist, Bic, Feva 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 programmes during the season.
  • Holiday programmes & weekend coaching programmes.
  • Developing the skills of sailors through YNZ Learn to Sail programme.
  • Focus on Junior and Youth fleet, including Optimists, Bic and Feva.
  • School Teams racing coaching in our 420’s.
  • Our School 'Have a Go' Programme.
  • Travelling away to 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.

Royal Akarana Yacht Club, NZ


Date: July 2018

Position Title: Head Coach

Reports To: Akarana Academy and Pathways Manager

Positions reporting to: Sailing Coaches and Assistant Coaches

Communications to:Akarana Academy and Pathways Manager, Director of Sailing and Managing Director

Job Purpose

To manage and supervise daily operations of the Akarana sailing academy activities, coaching staff and assets.

Key Responsibilities

Working closely with Academy manager to deliver excellence and consistency within our Learn to Sail, Outreach and Adult programs
Assisting with development of race and fun on the water programs
Daily supervision and briefing of coaches to ensure Akarana Academy processes are followed including coordinating and preparing structured lesson plans
Induction training and professional development of RAYC coaches and assistant coaches  in line with RAYC course requirements
Management of assets and equipment for the days planned activities
Development of coaches to ensure that programs are conducted professionally as per YNZ syllabus and RAYC requirements
Coach learn to sail and race programs when required in Optimist, Feva, Open BIC, 420 and Laser
Regatta coaching
Assist with coach scheduling and manage any changes to the daily roster
Manage the RAYC academy Health and Safety requirements during academy session times, including preparing accident and incident reports, management of RAYC safety plan
Actively manage and provide accurate weather, tide and sailing instructions to coaches in line with RAYC academy standard operating procedures.  Cancel on water sessions where required due to weather conditions
Maintain the RAYC asset register and maintenance plan, liaise with service provider and maintenance people and repair equipment where required
Manage and coordinate storage of boats and maintenance to ensure they are ready for the days scheduled programs
Customer service, act as the first point of contact for daily academy enquiries and liaise with parents at each sailing session

This job description is intended to outline the principal duties and responsibilities of this role however it is the expectation that the incumbent may be required to take on tasks outside of the scope of this role time to time to ensure the smooth running of operations at RAYC.

Competencies required

Customer Service and Communication

Recognises and ensures that high quality service is delivered to our customers – Always.

Energy and Enthusiasm

Consistently able to work to deadlines and have the self-motivation, drive and determination to take ownership within this role.

Work Attitude

Works as part of a team towards achieving our lofty goals.  Is self-motivated, professional and capable to take responsibility.

Initiative & Problem Solving:

Thinks outside the box and works to implement change and enhance processes.

Time Management/ Flexibility & multitasking:

Able to work under pressure, manage a busy work load and remain calm.


Takes ownership and responsibility for delivery of assigned tasks.

Relevant Skills, Training and Experience


Dinghy and keelboat sailing proficiency to a very high standard
Senior Yachting Instructor Qualifications YNZ or RYA
Marine Radio Operators Licence
First Aid Certificate
Rescue Boat Drivers Certificate


Personal experience in dinghy sailing / racing in Opti/BIC/Feva/420 and Laser
Boat repair and maintenance for training fleet and sailing support craft
Race Management experience
5 years previous coaching experience

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club are looking for a double handed racing coach to help inspire their race squad to become world-class sailors.

The successful applicant will work predominantly with their Shark Squad made up of 29er, 420 and RS Feva sailors and it will include taking squads to overseas events, typically in Europe. A high level of international sailing and coaching experience is required and the role will require working on weekends and school holidays.

Hong Kong is a vibrant city and the yacht club are well resourced - they have 16 RIBs with four new VSRs on their way - and there are many benefits attached, including:

  • Attractive salary
  • $32 (NZD) dollar daily meal allowance to use at the restaurants at either of the 3 clubs
  • 13th month salary paid in December to cover tax bill
  • Very low tax
  • MPF (Kiwisaver equivalent) compulsory scheme RHKYC contributes towards
  • Dental Cover
  • Medical insurance
  • Bonus paid annually
  • Lai Sei paid annually (tips from members)
  • Budget for doing training courses provided


Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club

Sailing School Race and Learn to Sail Coaches wanted

Start Date: September 2018

Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat (TYPBC) is looking to appoint two qualified coaches:

A Race Coach and a Learn to Sail Coach. 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, Bic, 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

Learn to Sail (LTS) Coach Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coaching and Managing the LTS programme
  • Planning courses and course content for schools, club members and school holiday programme.
  • Promote and market the LTS and school taster courses
  • Maintaining a record of LTS Coaching revenues and expenses
  • Liaising with sailors, parents, BoPSAT, schools and teachers and TYPBC Centreboard committee with regards to course information, registration, invoicing
  • Develop, review and implement sailing school procedures, risk management, safety plans and documentation
  • In conjunction with the Race 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, including induction, programming and debriefing
  • Complete an end of season report to the TYPBC executive

LTS Specific Requirements

  • Yachting New Zealand Learn to Sail and/or Racing Coach qualification or equivalent (RYA Instructor, Yachting Australia Instructor etc)
  • Previous LTS coaching experience
  • The management, induction and programming and debriefing of Junior Coaches.

Requirements for both roles

  • 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)


  • Both roles will report to the TYPBC Manager
  • The roles 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. 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.

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Ponsonby Cruising Club

Office Administrator

Do you want to work locally in a fun, social and challenging environment? A rare opportunity has become available at the Ponsonby Cruising Club working alongside the office manager.

Attributes required for the role include the following:

  •       Outstanding customer service skills; ability to bend over backwards for our members
  •       A can-do, flexible attitude and outlook – a real team player 
  •       Computer savvy – a must (word/excel/access/payroll / accounts/newsletters)
  •       Working social media knowledge – particularly in Facebook
  •       Exceptional spelling and grammar with a good eye for the detail
  •       A super people person who loves interactions with anyone and everyone

The role entails general office duties and the successful applicant will also be fully trained in all aspects of our wages and payroll system. This is a varied role and the right person will be a dab hand when it comes to running our communications – from live Facebook posts to creating newsletters and updating our websites, you’ll ensure our members are kept in the know.

Hours are fulltime, ideally 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday but flexibility is expected from time to time for the right person. Must be able to work school holidays. 

Email info@pcc.org.nz to let them know why you’re the next member of the team.

Nelson Bays Youth Teams Racing Association

Teams Racing Coach

Nelson Watersports are looking for a talented and experienced teams racing coach to join the team in Nelson, providing coaching for the Nelson Bays Youth Teams Racing Association.

In particular, they are looking for someone who can bring a wealth of competitive racing and coaching experience to help further develop their sailors.

They have seen a dramatic increase in the level of some of their college teams during the 2017/18 season, with improved rankings and performance at the Top of the South regional championships and national championships, with one team in the top 10 and a young team winning silver fleet.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Independently and proactively plan, prepare and deliver a comprehensive programme of coaching and racing for teams from up to six local colleges in 420s.
  • Coach, mentor and inspire sailors, tailoring your approach to different ability levels.
  • Oversee and undertake the maintenance of a fleet of 13 420 yachts.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Help to foster and develop the skills of all sailors at Nelson Yacht Club and NBYTRA.
  • Plan and run school group taster sessions as part of a team.
  • Assist in running one of the country’s busiest learn to sail programmes.
  • Help mentor and develop young and less experienced coaches and instructors
  • Travel to regional and national regattas as appropriate.


  • This is a part-time seasonal position from October to April inclusive.
  • Normally six days per week, including weekends and evenings.
  • There is no guaranteed minimum number of hours, however, as a guide, this year the coach averaged 20-30hrs per week during school terms and 40hrs per week during January.
  • Further hours are available if the candidate is also a windsurfing instructor/coach


  • A competitive remuneration package is negotiable based on qualifications, experience, and performance
  • Work in a friendly team environment
  • Access to windsurfing equipment and stand up paddleboards free-of-charge

A job description is available on request. Contact Tim Fraser-Harris on +64 21 025 03767 or info@nelsonwatersports.co.nz for more information.


Skipper/Maintenance Manager

The New Zealand Sailing Trust was inspired by the adventures of Sir Peter Blake and his racing teams. We exist to ensure that key yachts from that history are preserved and sailing adventures are developed and delivered on board to help inspire the next generation.

The NZ Sailing Trust is seeking a skipper / maintenance manager to deliver the trust's sailing programme to youth, community organisations and corporate charters and to maintain and develop the trust's maintenance programme for the trust's vessels. The NZ Sailing Trust is a not-for-profit charitable trust that owns and operates two iconic sailing vessels, Steinlager 2 (84ft) and Lion New Zealand (80ft).

Core competencies you will require:

  • Skippers Restricted Limits Ticket (SRL) with a P Endorsement, <24m endorsement or >24m <500GT Endorsement Big boat sailing experience or a ring fenced equivalent
  • Offshore Medic Qualification
  • Ability to manage/complete the maintenance of our vessels
  • Experience working with, instructing and relating to young people.
  • Appropriate level of medical and physical fitness for carrying out the required work
  • Minimum of first aid certificate (coastal medic preferred)
  • Ability to keep timely and accurate records
  • Good communication, time-keeping and personal presentation.

Operating in the Great Hauraki Gulf you could be away for up to five nights sailing. You must be able to demonstrate a skillset to sail a large maxi, manage and lead a small team of crew and have a passion for sailing and working with youth.

For more information, email: paul@nzsailingtrust.com or contact him on 022 424 5055