Teacher Information

The NZ Sailing Trust works with schools and teachers to deliver exceptional learning opportunities. Lion New Zealand and Steinlager 2 offer a unique platform from which programmes for young people can be delivered. The sport of maxi yacht sailing brings to life values like leadership, teamwork, communication, determination, courage, and respect as each team member learns the various roles they need to perform in order to sail the yacht and reach their destination.

Learning to navigate, sail, cook and live on a maxi yacht leaves each team, at the end of their journey, with a great sense of achievement.

The maritime environment is one of New Zealand’s greatest treasures which many of our young people have not experienced, and also instils a greater appreciation of the need to protect our marine environment.

School Programmes

We aim to work with you to tailor your journey with us to suit your student’s goals. These can be either curriculum specific or specialty areas. Examples include physical education, sport science, outdoor education, geography, science, social studies, environmental education and sustainability, leadership and teamwork; whatever your goal we can work with you to design a journey to suit your school.

As well as working to specific achievement standards, the key competencies of the NZ Curriculum are all developed naturally during our sailing journeys through the experience on board the yachts and the way our crew work with you to facilitate the learning journey.

  • Thinking – Problem solving, planning, key decision making, discovering new places and ideas.
  • Using language, symbols and texts – Maps, reading and calculations.
  • Managing self – Goal setting, time and resource management, and self-motivation. Being resourceful, reliable, resilient, achieving goals and managing challenges.
  • Relating to others – Listening, acknowledging others point of view, showing empathy, negotiating and sharing ideas.
  • Participating and contributing – Active involvement in the schools culture and wider communities. A sense of belonging and confidence in familiar and unfamiliar environments.

Curriculum Specific Programme Ideas

There are many New Zealand Curriculum standards the NZ Sailing Trust and the teachers can work together to deliver whilst on a journey with us aboard Steinlager 2 or Lion New Zealand. The crew on board will facilitate the journey, team activities and create scenarios to enable the TIC to assess the students for the chosen standards.  Some ideas include:

Achievement standards
Physical Education Achievement Standards Level 1:
90966 – Demonstrate interpersonal skills in a group and explain how these skills impact on others
90968 – Demonstrate, and show understanding of, responsible behaviour for safety during outdoor education activities
91332 – Evaluate leadership strategies that contribute to the effective functioning of a group
91333 – Analyse the application of risk management strategies to a challenging outdoor activity
91504 – Analyse issues in safety management for outdoor activity to devise safety management strategies
These vessels create a perfect setting for assessing the above. If a Physical Education Teacher (that can assess these standards) accompanies the students on their journey we work with you to create learning situations so that these can be assessed.

Geography Achievement Standards Level 1:
91007 – Demonstrate geographic understanding of environments that have been shaped by extreme natural event(s)
Our vessels are eligible to journey anywhere between the Bay of Islands, the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park (Auckland) and Tauranga. We have access to a lot of areas with limited land access and can provide a once in a lifetime learning experience when providing exclusive access. There are many possibilities when thinking about linking Geography with a sailing journey and what can be learnings can be achieved.

Education for Sustainability Achievement Standards Level 2
90810 – Undertake a personal action, with reflection, that contributes to a sustainable future.
90811 – Explain how human activity in a biophysical environment has consequences for a sustainable future.
We work collaboratively with Sea Cleaners, Sustainable Coastlines, Department of Conservation and Island Trusts to enhance learning and interactive opportunities ashore and at sea.

Unit standards
There are opportunities for students to gain Unit Standard NCEA credits while on a journey with us, some examples include:

Yachting Unit Standards Level 2
Our crew are qualified to assess against Yachting New Zealand’s Learn to Sail
21930 – Make safety preparations for sailing a keelboat
21931 – Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of sailing
21933 – Carry out basic seamanship activities as a crew member on a keelboat

Environmental Education Unit Standards Level 2
20668 – Demonstrate a basic ecological understanding of animal species in a specified park area.

Planning A Trip

Contact us to discuss how we can tailor a sailing experience on one of our yachts to suit you and your students.

To help you with your planning we have done a lot of the work for you. The NZ Sailing Trust can provide you with:

  • Risk Management Forms
  • Parental Consent Forms
  • Medical Information and consent
  • Gear Lists
  • Menu
  • Suggested itineraries for the number of days you wish to sail with us.

The safety equipment that your group will be provided with for the trip will be a life jacket, wet weather gear (for those that don’t have their own) and a harness.

Weather is a big determining factor in the direction that we sail, the yachts have sailed around the world and so are capable of sailing in any weather.

DAY TRIPS

A day trip out into the Hauraki Gulf is a perfect introduction to sailing for your group, depending on the weather we can head out to the surrounding islands of Waiheke, Rangitoto, Motutapu, Rakino and Tiri Tiri Matangi Island.

On board participants can expect to be involved in all aspects of sailing, and depending on the goals of your group we can extend this learning to suit. The crew will share stories and information about Sir Peter Blake and his teams and the history of the vessel they are sailing on.

For a day trip the vessels can hold a maximum of 30 people on board. We have an operating limit of 30knots of wind to ensure that it is a positive experience for your group.   We can postpone your trip until another day if the weather is too unsettled on the day you book.

You are welcome to self-cater or we can provide food for the day, this can be sorted at the time of booking.

Contact us if you would like to discuss a day trip.

MULTI-DAY TRIPS

A multi day trip will provide opportunities to bring to life values like leadership, teamwork, communication, determination, courage, and respect as each team member learns the various roles they need to perform in order to reach their destination. Most of the journeys the trust runs are between 2-5 days in length.

On a multi-day trip your group will get first-hand experience of the different aspects of sailing. Each participant can be allocated a roles: Helmsman, Meteorologist, Navigator, Communications Officer, Engineer, Safety Manager, Switch Board Operator, Sail trimmer, Tactician requiring the group to work and communicate together to sail the vessel.

Depending on the weather multiday trips can take your group to the outer islands of the Hauraki Gulf, Great Barrier Island, Poor Knights and up as far as the Bay of Islands. There is opportunity for them to experience what life on board a Round the World Yacht would be like by sailing through the night with a watch system in place.

The Trust has a log book that the group complete each evening reinforcing the learning from the days sailing and a place where they can log their day.

The group will learn all about life on board a round the world yacht, cooking and eating in the same way as our famous New Zealand sailors. The crew will share stories and experiences from Sir Peter Blake and his teams and the history of the vessel they are sailing on.

We are happy to design and multiday trip with you around your objectives, you may like to incorporate some tramping or a night on land on one of the islands.

Contact us if you would like to discuss a multi-day trip.

I would like to book my school in for a journey with the NZ Sailing Trust, who shall I contact?

You can contact the General Manager (info@nzsailingtrust.com) who can discuss dates and availability and pricing with you.

 

Who do the NZ Sailing Trust comply with regards to safety?

The NZ Sailing Trust vessels Steinlager 2 and Lion New Zealand both comply and are audited under Maritime New Zealand’s Maritime Operator Safety System.  The Trust holds a Maritime Transport Operator Certificate demonstrating that we comply with Maritime New Zealand Rules and Regulations.

Do you have selection standards for the staff you employ?

Yes we do. Our Skippers are required to by law to hold a Commercial Skippers Qualification for New Zealand (currently Inshore Launch Master or Skipper Restricted Limits).

As we are require not just sailors we employ skippers and crew who are first aid qualified and have relevant outdoor education and working with youth experience as well.

All crew (skipper and crew) are Police Vetted on employment also.

 

Can teaching staff help run activities on the sailing vessels as well?

We provide enough crew to run our yachts to a safe level with the assistance of the guests aboard. We expect the teaching staff and the students to get involved, but our crew have the ultimate responsibility.

With regards to delivering experiences and scenarios to meet the learning outcomes or standards set together with the NZ Sailing Trust and the school we expect the teachers to work with the NZST crew to deliver these.

 

What if the weather is bad?

Our yachts have sailed around the world and are safe in almost all conditions. We have an operating limit of average of 30knots of wind if we are sailing into it. The weather does dictate where and when we can get to different locations.

For Day Trip bookings to ensure that it is a positive experience for your group, we can postpone your trip until another day if the weather is too unsettled on the day you book. For the multi-day bookings generally weather systems pass quickly so we will be able to deliver the experience, this will be on a case by case basis and discussed with the TIC and the school.

 

Do you monitor compliance standards?

All crew go through an extensive initial training period and we have six monthly vessel safety training compulsory for all crew need to attend throughout each year.

We keep a register of all crews’ qualifications and experience and update this annually.

The General Manager and Head Skipper review staff performance annually.

 

Who has the ultimate responsibility?

Everyone involved in the process from the School Board down the chain to anyone responsible for the students at any time. Everyone must take all practical steps to ensure safety according to Health & Safety Legislation.

The education outside of the classroom policy for most schools delegates responsibility to a Teacher in Charge (TIC).

By chartering the NZ Sailing Trust to deliver activities on board our yachts the school delegates responsibility to the Trust crew whilst on board engaging in sailing activities, at anchor and transportation to shore (via tender). The two main people usually involved are the TIC and the Skipper.

Both must work together to manage all hazards from departure to arrival back dock.

 

Can I see your safety plans?

Yes. We have RAMS for all on water activities we can send to you. Please get in touch for further documentation should you require it.

 

What emergency procedures are in place?

Our crew have an extensive procedures manual for each vessel, which outlines emergency procedures for all potential scenarios. These are carried aboard and a copy ashore with the General Manager. These are practiced at the regular safety training sessions and discussed and updated annually.

Shore communication is an important part of our emergency procedures. Our General Manager is the NZ Sailing Trust shore liaison when we have a vessel at sea and we ask for a school representative contact details as well. Emergency procedures include a communication strategy between the vessel, shore and school. A copy of this can be found in the school information pack.

The Maritime Transport Act 1994 requires the Skipper of any NZ vessel to notify Maritime New Zealand if the vessel is involved in a mishap that results in serious harm to a person, or in an accident or incident.

The NZ Sailing Trust has its own internal incident/accident reporting system and an internal enquiry and report will be made also.

 

What are your supervision structures or ratios?

On board the yacht our ratios are 1:6, we have three professional crew on board so if you are bringing more than 24 students, you will need an extra teacher on board.

When on shore and the school and teachers have responsibility for walks or other activities, you will need to work to your schools recommended ratios. One of our crew can be used to help with your on shore activity ratios.

 

What clothing will we need?

We have suggested gear lists available. The NZ Sailing Trust can provide a wet weather jacket and pants (outer layer) for each participant aboard.

 

Dietary or medical requirements?

We have parental and medical consent forms that need to be completed prior to departure. The TIC will co-ordinate the collection of these and getting the information (copy of) to the NZ Sailing Trust 1-2 weeks prior to departure to ensure we cater appropriately.

 

What food will we eat?

We provide 3 meals a day, cooked by the students with guidance of crew and teachers. There are also snacks provided throughout the day also. We can cater to most dietary requirements, please ensure these are communicated clearly prior to departure.

P: +64 9 215 0762
M: +64 21 333 816
E: info@nzsailingtrust.com

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