From beginner to adventurer

Sailing is a great way to build independence and self reliance for your child, and it’s a terrific activity that you can do together.

Sailing Cook Islands offers Learn to Sail programs and racing for children aged 8 and above in Optimist class boats, and parents are encouraged to get involved too.

Children can use their own sailing dinghy, or one of a number of club boats.

As a parent you will help your child to get his or her boat ready before racing, and to launch and retrieve their boat and pack it down. Parent involvement is a very important part of Learn to Sail at any club, and we hope to see you out on the water assisting with starting, instructing, the rescue boat crews and helping out with club activities, such as launching and retrieving boats, on sailing days.

Our Learn to Sail program and Junior Racing program encompasses on-shore based theory, on the water coaching, and fun activities. The Junior Racing program focuses on getting children familiar with racing a sailing dinghy so that they may enter other club regattas from Green Fleet level upwards.

The coaching is provided by experienced sailor Sailing Development Officers or senior club members. By the end of the SCI Level 1 programme your child will be proficient in sailing Optimist dinghies and ready to take on bigger challenges of racing with Cook Islands Sailing Club and other clubs.

SCI Learn to sail programme – introduction to dinghy sailing in club Optimist dinghies consisting of a 4 level programme.

Junior racing programme – green fleet racing (entry level racing) with on the water coaching and race management, progressing through the Lear to Sail Programme. Club competition series is supported by inter-club and national competitions in a annual calendar of events. International events are identified annually to develop tactics and technical skills of competitors and coaches.

Sailing In Schools Programme  – is promoted by SCI to introduce the sport of Sailing to a wide number of young students at primary and secondary schools. It operates currently in Rarotonga and Aitutaki. It exposes over 150 young people to sailing each year.