About us

Welcome to The Water Shed

Looking for kayaks, fishing kayaks, SUPs, ILCAs (Laser), Optimists, Hobie Cats and other dinghy classes? The Water Shed on Auckland’s North Shore has everything you need under one roof. You’ll also find a massive range of wetsuits and buoyancy aids featuring major brands and great value for everyone in the family.

Our friendly, knowledgeable team have heaps of experience, having been on, under or around the water all their lives. Owner Dan Slater has sailed at the highest level for New Zealand including three Olympic Games and an America’s Cup. He’s also coached all classes of boats and is happy to pass on his deep knowledge to our customers.

We’re all about nurturing a love of water sports at all levels and are proud supporters of major events in sailing and kayaking as well as school fundraisers.

Like to get salty? Get Salti.

The Water Shed also stocks the full range of Salti water sports clothing and gear. Created by international-level sailor Dan Slater and his design savvy wife Rachelle, Salti is for everyone. Salti gear is designed in New Zealand to be affordable, fun and accessible for beginners while standing up to the demands of experts.

Meet Dan Slater.

Born and raised in the City of Sails, it’s only natural that Dan’s spent heaps of his life on the ocean. Since his international debut at the 1992 ISAF Youth Worlds, Dan has represented his country many times, both at the Olympics and as part of the 2003 Team New Zealand America’s Cup defence. He’s also coached World champions, European champions and Olympic medallists to victory.


  • 3x Olympics: 49er, Finn, Finn
  • America’s Cup Team New Zealand Tactician/Strategist
  • Top 7 world ranking in 3 Olympic Classes: Laser, Finn and 49er
  • Winner of 7 Sailing World Cup events
  • World Champion 6 times 
  • NZ Yachtsman of the year 2019
  • Coach of world champions, Olympic medallists, European champions