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Volvo Sailing...Have a Go!

Please Note: The Have a Go programme is currently under revision. The Covid-19 incident has resulted in significant changes to the community funding landscape in new Zealand and we will need to change the program somewhat to allow it to operate in the new world. While we are confident that a new and better program will emerge, we have had to take the decision to suspend the programme in the North Island for the remainder of 2020. Work is underway to enable operation in the South Island during Term 4 this year if at all possible. 

Bringing the thrills and spills of sailing to Kiwi kids nationwide.

Yachting New Zealand have made it even easier for children to try sailing through the Volvo Sailing… Have a Go! programme.

Volvo Sailing… Have a Go! is Yachting New Zealand’s initiative to get children into sailing. Offered to schools throughout the country in term four and one, it is designed to give primary and intermediate school students the opportunity to try sailing in a safe and well-managed environment.

The aim of a Sailing...Have a Go! day is to provide kids with a fun, safe day on the water, with the hope that it captures the child's imagination and they want to learn to sail. Host clubs are encouraged to use this opportunity to promote their learn to sail programme and club activities.

With a focus on water safety and building confidence in and around the water, kids are taught the importance of wearing adequate clothing and correctly-fitted lifejackets, rigging, parts of the boat and the basic ideas behind how to make a boat sail. All this education is disguised by fun activities, capsizing and often a sneaky water fight!

Sailing...Have a Go! Photo Gallery

How it works

Yachting New Zealand have three trailers that travel the country, complete with six Optimists, one Weta trimaran, two Topper Taz and a RIB. They also provide all the gear, including wetsuits and lifejackets.

All schools need to do is show up to their local sailing club and go sailing.

Kids and trailer

Volvo Sailing... Have a Go! is suitable for students in years 4-8. Delivered by a fully qualified and experienced Yachting New Zealand instructor and assistant during school hours, the programme is offered to groups of 12-15 students as a:

  • Full-day session -  one group for a full-day experience. $28 per student
  • Half-day session - one group in the morning and another group in the afternoon. $18 per student

Schools are responsible for:

  • Transport of the participants to and from the venue.

  • Providing at least one teacher or parent to be present during the course of the programme. They are welcome to come out on the water and have a go as well.

  • Ensuring all students have parent/guardian consent forms (provided by Yachting New Zealand) on the day and are able to swim 50m with a buoyancy aid.

Students with a disability

Sailing is a sport that allows everybody, regardless of ability or disability, to take part on a level playing field and the Volvo Sailing…Have a Go! programme is easily adaptable to ensure all students can participate and enjoy with their peers.

Student with disability in Weta

The Weta trimaran has proved to be very versatile and safe in a variety of conditions. It is fantastic for children who are initially nervous about sailing, building their confidence by going out with an instructor and other children.

It can be easily modified for people with a physical disability to take part in the sport alongside their peers.

Our coaches have all completed the inclusive coaching module, training stemmed from best practice of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. This training enables our instructors to be confident, knowledgeable and creative in adapting the programme to suit children with a disability - and nobody is left behind watching.

Where we came from

The Volvo Sailing...Have a Go! programme began in 2006 with one trailer. The Team New Zealand 2000 trust provided the original funding to get the programme started and the Lion Foundation continued to help as the programme evolved from one trailer to two and, in 2009, three trailers. In 2013, Volvo Cars New Zealand came on board as the naming rights sponsor in support of youth sailing.

Volvo Sailing...Have a Go! has taken more than 45,000 people sailing.

Contact us for more information about Volvo Sailing... Have a Go! 

Have a Go!

If you are keen for your school to have a go at sailing, register your interest below and we will be in touch with further information and get you booked in.


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