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Coaching resources

Coaching resources

Are you stuck for ideas? Need some help? Below are a variety of resources to assist coaches in a variety of topics:

If there is anything you think that is missing, or you would like to see, then please email the coach development manager.


A lot of information is shared and posted in the facebook group. Any articles, videos or vacant positions available will also appear in the tri-monthly coaching update so if you are not a member, be sure to sign up to the coaching update.  

Yachting New Zealand Coaches Forum

Yachting New Zealand Coaches

Session Plan Bank

Head to this link to find an array of session plans that coaches have created over past LTS Coach Courses. There is likely to be repetitions, but there are also variations. 

YNZ Safety Requirements

Here is a link to the YNZ safety requirements for our level 1 to 3 dinghy program, starting with Start... Sailing! and finishing at Go... Racing!

Regional Coaching Workshops

Sport Northland
Sport Whanganui
Sport Hawkes Bay 
Sport Wellington
Sport Otago


Most people these days have a smartphone, tablet, or computer handy. Therefore, learning through videos is becoming ever more popular, especially on those days you can't get on the water. Check out the below for ideas, tips and tricks

Yachting New Zealand Coaching Resources playlist

Professional Development

Not only should you be coaching and sharing knowledge to upskill the sailors you are coaching, but you should also be looking to upskill yourself as a coach as much as you can. This will ensure you can be the best coach you can be. Have a look below at the different courses and pathways available to you. 

Coaching Pathways
Get into Coaching Brochure
Introduction to Judging
Powerboat Level 2 Course 
First Aid Course 
Engine Maintenance 
VHF Radio 


Here are a few reviews on the different resources that are available to coaches.

YNZ Learn to Sail Book course outline
Yot Bot GPS Trackers 
Tactics Book Review
YNZ Sailing Games Book
Wet Notes


As a sailing coach, it is a given that most of your sessions will be made up of different drills. Don't forget TGFU (Teaching Games for Understanding). Drills can be fun! Below is a list of drills to help you in planning your sessions. If you have a good drill, please let Peter know and he can add it to the list. 

Teamwork/Clear Air Drill
Golden Skills Posters
Starting in the centre of the line
Boat Handling round a mark
Upwind Slalom
Working a Side
Upwind through the Gate
Attack the Start from Either End
Attack the Start from the Pin End
Downwind Slalom Drill


Rule 42 for Optimists
Rules Poster
Rules Quiz

Situations Vacant

Any situations vacant will be posted on the Yachting New Zealand Coaches Forum Facebook page. So be sure to join the group, and you won't miss a beat. We also post positions available to

Coaching - Planning and Tips

At what age to teach them
Coaches Lesson Plan
Dynamic Stretches
Regatta and Race Coach Planning template.
Help - I'm Nervous Article
How to Video a Sailing Briefing
Inclusive Coaching 
Mid-Winter Coaching Tips
Psychological skills for 2 and 3 handed classes
Wayne's Coaching Tips
Wheel of Success


Tactical Sailing Game
Sailboat Racing Basics - Mark Johnson

Class Specific Guides

Optimist J Sail Tuning Guide
Optimist Tuning Guide 
Heavy Wind Techniques for a Laser
How to get the most out of Sparring partnerships
How to Trim Your Spinnaker
How to Trim Your Headsails
Parts of the Boat
Starling Setup and Vital Information


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