What to bring when sailing

Sailabilty New Zealand advises you must bring; a hat, a drink bottle, sunscreen, suitable warm clothing and a change of clothes. If you have your own life Jacket or buoyancy aid, bring it with you so we can check it out. Don’t buy one, we can lend you one. A good wind-proof, spray-proof jacket is important.

You are expected to be responsible for your personal safety so please advise us of any agility or communication impairments so we can be prepared. We do like to work with your helper or support person so bring them with you plus any friends or family as well.

If you have worries that may make you fear sailing, talk to us.

The ‘Hansa’ dinghies used in most NZ Sailability learn to sail courses are designed so that they cannot flip. This is done by placing lead in the centreboard or keel, so that no matter how hard the wind blows, the boat can’t tip over.

What other safety measures are in place?

When sailing, participants must wear a suitable life jacket/PFD and should be supervised by a safety power boat on the water too. While the choice of what style life jacket/PFD is often dependant on the type of sailing and an individual’s preference, more care must be taken with the choice for persons with a disability. 

It is strongly recommended that individuals test their own life jackets to check their suitability, and that manufacturer's recommendations are followed, particularly in regard to servicing inflatable life jackets. Each accessible sailing programme will organize to have a Yachting New Zealand qualified instructor or coach, and a first aid officer on site. Weather conditions are always closely observed, if it is too windy sailing will be cancelled.

Our sessions run for about 2 hours overall and 30 minutes for a participant. They are weather dependent

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