Flexibility: Low

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) 14-day Keelboat Sailing along New Zealand’s coast is an immersive sailing skills, seamanship and coastal wildlife experience.

Amava Take: Have you always wanted to learn to sail and do you love adventure travel? On this course you’ll learn diverse skills in the Marlborough sounds, a partially submerged mountain range at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand. This course emphasizes sailing skills and seamanship, including nautical terminology, sail theory, boat handling under power and sail, docking and anchoring, tides, currents and weather, rigging, knots, charts and coastal navigation. You will live, cook, and sleep aboard modern 35-39 foot sloop-rig vessels.

From the Front Lines:

What kind of people would love this adventure?

People who want to explore New Zealand and gain the experience to pursue their own coastal exploration in any environment.

Any tips?

New Zealand is a cool, temperate environment with variable and unpredictable weather patterns on the ocean. There could be heavy rain or snow, or there could be hot, sunny humid days. Bring your sense of adventure and resilience.

What’s a typical day?

Participants cycle through every role on the boat. Chart a course to navigate along the coast, hoist the sails and set away, adjusting sails and course all day.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most exciting part of this course?

Seeing New Zealand wildlife up close while cruising in and out of remote coves.

What’s the hardest part of this course?

Unpredictable weather, close living, possibility of seasickness.

Special Requirements: Independence, resilience, adaptability. Here are some keelboat sailing basics so you can know before you go. There are also keelboat sailing courses you can take to prepare.

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Finding a Position: NOLS has limited availability for this course. These always sell out, so check out the course then apply.