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Tackers is a program that aims to get more primary school age kids sailing at clubs around Australia

Everything about Tackers is designed to help kids learn new skills and have fun through sport.  The boats used in Tackers programs are small and easy to handle, designed to be sailed by children under 12. The focus is on safety, games and fun.

Tackers courses are delivered at three levels:

  • Tackers 1 – Having Fun
  • Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques
  • Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast!

You can find more info about Royal Brighton Yacht Club Tackers courses below and on the Australia Sailing Discover Sailing page.

In addition to the courses our club also offers Tackers Intro and Tackers Fleet

Tackers Intro is a 2.5hr session covering the first session of a Tackers 1 course. It is perfect for kids who aren’t sure whether or not sailing is for them. The Tackers Intro fee can be put towards the Tackers one course fee if they decide to continue with the course.

Tackers Fleet is a casual skills workshop for sailors who have completed Tackers 1 or above who would like to work on their skills. It is also a great option for busy families who cannot commit to a full course or for sailors keen to sail more than once a week.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any enquiries, either by email at discoversailing@rbyc.org.au or by calling 03 9592 3092

FAQs

Is it safe?

Safety in Tackers is the top priority.  As well as providing life jackets (PFDs), there will be a safety boat on the water at all times when kids are sailing. Weather conditions are checked prior to each session and the kids are under the supervision of Yachting Australia accredited Instructors who are first aid trained.

Do I need to be a member of a club?

You do not need to be a member of a club to take part in a Tackers program at a recognised Yachting Australia Tackers Club like RBYC.

Do I need a boat?

All boats are provided by RBYC for the Tackers program.

Will I be sailing on my own?

Tackers is a program delivered to small groups or participants of the same level of ability.

In Tackers 1 – having Fun, participants sail in pairs to become familiar with the skills needed to sail.

In Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques, and Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast!, participants sail solo but with close supervision from qualified Yachting Australia Instructors and Assistant Instructors.

What do I need to bring?

All the safety equipment is provided by the club. In addition you will need:

  • Clothes & shoes (including change) – wear ones you don’t mind getting wet and will keep you warm on cold days
  • Towel
  • Drink bottle, lunch & snacks
  • Hat – keeps you warm and protects you from the sun
  • Sunscreen
  • Loads of energy!
Tackers intro

Tackers Intro

Tackers Intro is a 2.5 hour session which covers the first session of a Tackers 1 course. This is a good option for sailors unsure of whether or not they are ready for a full sailing course

Each program consists of:

  • 2.5 hours of tuition from qualified Yachting Australia Instructors & Assistant Instructors
  • Combination of on-the-water and off-the-water games
  • A certificate of achievement at the end of the course

Cost:

  • $50 – This may be put toward the Tackers 1 course fee if the sailor continues with the course
Little Tackers

Little Tackers

Little Tackers is a fun games based program for 4 to 6 year olds. All little tackers wear a life jacket at all times while they play games in and around boats and water. Kids can participate in little tackers as many times as they like.

Each program consists of:

  • 1 hour of tuition from qualified Yachting Australia Instructors & Assistant Instructors
  • Combination of on-the-water and off-the-water games

Cost:

  • $20
Tackers 1

Tackers 1 – Having Fun

Kids sail in pairs in small boats. It’s a great way to meet new friends and kids have the chance to sail with others in their group.

Each program consists of:

  • 20 hours of tuition from qualified Yachting Australia Instructors & Assistant Instructors
  • Combination of on-the-water and off-the-water games
  • A certificate of achievement at the end of the course

Cost:

  • $300
Tackers 2

Tackers 2 – Trick & Techniques

Tricks & Techniques, if kids are confident they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

Each program consists of:

  • 20 hours of tuition from qualified Yachting Australia Instructors & Assistant Instructors
  • Combination of on-the-water and off-the-water games
  • A certificate of achievement at the end of the course

Cost:

  •  $300
Tackers 3

Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast

This is a chance for the kids to sail boats on their own, learning how to make the boat go faster and playing more games, all whilst still under the guidance and supervision of the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

Each program consists of:

  • 20 hours of tuition from qualified Yachting Australia Instructors & Assistant Instructors
  • Combination of on-the-water and off-the-water games
  • A certificate of achievement at the end of the course

Cost:

  • $300
After Tackers

What happens after Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast?

  • Junior Sailing Program – Our Junior program is a structured weekly coaching program running on Sunday mornings. The minimum prerequisite for Juniors is Tackers 2. Places are limited. The Junior program provides boats for the first 6 – 12 months of the program and then parents are encouraged to purchase an optimist or O’pen Bic for their sailor 

 

  • Match & Team Racing – For sailors who have completed Tackers 3 and shown acceptable competency in courses, Junior sailing or Tackers Fleet. Teams and Match Racing is a great way to have fun and learn lots about racing and the rules of sailing. Running on Friday nights from 6pm in club boats from February onward this is an exciting new opportunity for young sailors

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