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Introducing young people to sailing has numerous benefits for their development including:


  • Pushing personal boundaries

  • Teamwork and collaboration

  • Focusing on solutions

  • Learning new skills

  • Water safety

  • Enjoyment of the outdoor environment


Learn to Sail Schools Programme at Parua Bay 

Designed to teach the basics of sailing and seamanship skills in an enjoyable and relaxed environment. Amongst other things the children will learn how to rig and launch their own boats, sail a simple course single handedly and how to right a capsized boat.  


$1750 + GST for up to 20 children - 6 x 2 hour sessions (Wednesday 10 am - 12 pm)


Kōkōkaha Programme at Parua Bay

Kōkōkaha is an integrated unit of work that focuses on the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) associated with harnessing the wind. Kōkōkaha's learning experiences are designed for students in years 5 through to 10 and are intended to provide them with the skills and knowledge to design their own technologies to harness the power of the wind. Kōkōkaha learning experiences can easily be adapted for older or younger children. Kōkōkaha is available to schools and kura throughout New Zealand. 


Kōkōkaha includes classroom and sailing learning experiences. Classroom experiences include hands-on activities to help your students learn about the power of the wind. Sailing experiences include going sailing to feel the power of the wind and interacting with a set of resources to understand how sailing technologies work. Learners use the skills and knowledge they acquire to design a technology to harness the power of the wind.


You can register for this with us and Yachting New Zealand and follow the link to find out more.


$500 + GST per day for up to 20 children (Thursdays 10 am-2 pm) $20 per extra participant.

Please Note: Kōkōkaha Programme at One Tree Point cost $600 + GST (to cover extra costs of travel etc)


Please Note: We divide the class into three groups for the day - 18 is a perfect number, 24 okay. (We can manage a larger group if necessary- but we just like to give the best sailing experience we can so less numbers equals more sailing!)


The Trust will provide:

  • A qualified coach

  • Lifejackets

  • Boats - Our fleet consists of 12 x Optimists, 2 x RS Quest and 4 x RS Feva.  This provides a range of boats for different experiences.  

  • Safety patrol boats

  • Clubrooms with toilets, etc


We would like the School to provide:

  • Kids!  20-25 max. per day

  • Teacher/ person in charge 

  • 3-4 able adults to help out.  This to help with sign in/off, on the patrol boats, getting the boats in/out of the water and generally helping with the kids.

If you were able to apply now for Pub Charity or Oxford Sports Trust funding for term 4, then the kids could potentially go sailing for FREE!!

Please give us a call if you have slightly different requirements. We may be able to help. We look forward to hearing from you and getting your kids out on the water having fun!




We would like to invite you all to join us in an opportunity to sail at Kai Iwi Lakes as your school expressed interest in the Kōkōkaha programme last year, through the Sail Northland Charitable Trust. 

Yachting New Zealand, who is behind the Kōkōkaha programme have a “Have a Go” trailer available, which includes 6 optimist sailing boats, a safety RIB and a qualified coach. The Sail Northland Charitable Trust are proposing to co-ordinate this opportunity to the Kaipara area schools and would like you to select your preferred dates in term 1, 2023 (whether it is for a day, a week or a more specialised option) for local schools to participate in at Kai Iwi Lakes.

The new RŪNĀ programme supports kiwi kids to learn from the past to ‘steer’ toward a sustainable future and includes three modules Kōkōkaha, Moanamana and the new Kōrinorino module. Please visit the link to find out more about in-classroom experiences.

$700.00 + GST for each day at Kai Iwi Lakes

For:        18 participants (which is the ideal number),

Time:     10.00 am to 2.00 pm.

Tū Manawa funding through Sport Northland have indicated that they would look favourably on any application from schools who wish to participate in the programme.

Please indicate interest from your school to  (please include your preferred date options, the number of participants, 3-4 adult helpers are also required and an email & phone contact details for the teacher in charge), so we can begin implementing the project.



We are sure your staff or group would love to join us for a fun day out on the water at Parua Bay. 


Organise a group to spend a few hours with us, giving sailing a go and having fun on the water.  We have a range of sailing boats and kayaks to get you out there having fun.  We can personalise your day to suit your needs. Please contact us if you would like to know more.

Cost: $500 + GST for a minimum of 6 people.

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