Generally speaking, we will only charter to people who have Significant experience in charge of a vessel of a simliar style to that being chartered.
Without that, you can, of course, go to sea in one of our vessels if you hire a skipper who has a commercial licence, and we have a number of very experienced skippers on the books who are only too happy to show you round our great cruising area. While on your sailing/cruising holiday your skipper can instruct in sailing techniques, navigation, boat handling seamanship skills etc, and they may even "sign you off" for a solo charter if you have previously had the required skills and just needed a refresher. Let us know if this is likely to be a requirement, and we'll try to source one for you.
Other ways of gaining experience over time are to contact sailing clubs and offer to go away with other owners as crew for a while,
or to attend a sailing school such as
Penny Whiting http://www.pennywhiting.com/
Gulfwind Sailing http://gulfwind.co.nz/auckland-sailing-charters/