Tackers learn to sail for kids


Tackers is the perfect program for kids to learn how to sail in a fun and safe enviroment

Everything about Tackers is designed to help kids between 7 and 12 learn new skills and have fun through sport.  The boats used in Tackers programs are small and easy to handle, specifically designed to be sailed by children.

The program has been developed by Australian Sailing, the national sailing body for Australia, and is run by accredited Discover Sailing Centres, which maintain the highest standards of coaching with a focus is on safety, games and fun.

The Tackers pathway

Upcoming courses

Tackers Intro

Tackers 1

Tackers 2

Tackers 3

Frequently asked questions

Is it safe?

Safety is the top priority at RBYC.  The club provides all the safety equipment needed and all instructors maintain current qualifications and certificates dictated by Australian Sailing and RBYC, including first aid training and working with children checks.

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

Do I need a boat?

All boats are provided by RBYC

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 participants sail in pairs to become familiar with the skills needed to sail.
In Tackers 2 and Tackers 3 participants sometimes sail solo under close supervision from our group of qualified 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!

What’s Tackers Intro?

Tackers Intro allows you to trial a Tackers session without immediately committing to the full course. Every Tackers course has a Tackers Intro session held during the first day. The cost is $50, which can then be put towards the cost of the full Tackers course.