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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.