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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.

Buddy Coaches

Race Coaches

LTS/Assistant Coaches

Coach Developers

Head Coaches

Upskilling opportunities

Buddy Coaches

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Assistant Coaches

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Learn to Sail / Head / Master Coaches

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    Social Media

    A lot of information is shared and posted in the Facebook group. Any articles, videos or vacant positions available will also appear on the page, so make sure you follow.  

    Yachting New Zealand Coaches Forum - the forum is for discussion and sharing of coaching resources

    Yachting New Zealand Coaches - the coaches' page is for situations vacant, coaching articles, upcoming events, and anything else relevant to coaches

    @YNZcoach - the Instagram account has updates on the latest courses and follows what YNZ is doing in the coaching space. Feel free to use this to message the Coach Development Manager with any coaching questions.

    @YNZcoaching - Tiktok

    Yachting New Zealand Coaching Resources playlist - Youtube

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    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. 

    boom tag
    capture the boat parts
    capture the flag
    chase the buoy


    treasure hunt
    temple crush


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    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!


      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. 
      Get into Coaching Brochure
      Introduction to Judging

      Additional Qualifications Race Official Pathway Coaching Pathways Keelboat Coaching Pathway Coach Developer Pathway Other Upskilling
      First Aid Course  Club Race Official online course Learn to Sail Coach (Buddy, Assistant, LTS) Keelboat Coach Course Head Coach Drug Free Sport module
      VHF Radio 

      Club Judge course

      Race Coach Course   Club Coach Developer* Coaching Autism module
      Powerboat Level 2 Course  Club Umpire course Performance Coach   Regional Coach Developer* Intro to Parasport
      Engine Maintenance  Upcoming events/courses Upgrade your qualifications online     Child Protection module


      * contact Kirsten to learn more about these qualifications and how to start your journey on this path -

      Regional Sports Trusts - Coaching Workshops and Resources


      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

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      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 Kirsten know and she 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

      For more drill/game/activity ideas, head to

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      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

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      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

      Ages and Stages


      Tactical Sailing Game
      Sailboat Racing Basics - Mark Johnson

      Class Specific Guides

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