Learn to Sail for Kids (TACKERS 1)

What to Bring

  • According to the conditions, wet weather gear
  • Long sleeve sun protection or thermal top
  • Footwear (non-marking deck shoes such as Dunlop Volleys)
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat or beanie

What to Wear

  • Smart casual

Learn to Sail for Kids (TACKERS 1)

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • How to steer
  • How to make your Opti do what you want it to do
  • How to sail a course

What You Get

  • TACKERS participation pack
  • $6 Yachting Australia Student Training course insurance


TACKERS 1 learn to sail program for kids 7 to 12 years old. Now available at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St.Kilda. TACKERS is the fun way to learn to sail and is Yachting Australia’s new introductory course for kids with a focus on safety, fun and participation.

6 fun filled Sunday morning sessions teach you how to steer, sail a course, turn the boat, and make your Opti do what you want it to do - because "you're the boss".

You'll even learn to some cool knots.

St. Kilda harbour is a really great place to sail because you can swim, muck around on the sandy beach and maybe see a penguin or dolphin.

The wind is better because it's on the bay and sometimes we have a few small waves to surf on.

This program runs for six sessions and is hosted by Yachting Australia qualified instructors.

More About TACKERS

TACKERS is the new Yachting Australia junior learn to sail program for kids aged 7 to 12 years. Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron at St.Kilda is a TACKERS centre and has been teaching kids to sail for over 50 years.

The TACKERS program is a great way for kids to learn to sail. Here's a few highlights:

  • TACKERS is aimed at kids having fun in boats, rather than traditional learn to sail programs
  • Learning is graduated according to kids development and confidence; they can work through TACKERS 1, 2 and 3
  • The program is mapped out with both learning milestones as well as games and activities
  • TACKERS is taught by qualified sailing instructors accredited by Yachting Australia; our national sailing organisation
  • TACKERS programs use the OPTI sailing dinghy, an easy to handle and set up version of the International Optimist dinghy. This creates a pathway into junior racing in the Optimist dinghy if interest develops.

St.Kilda is a great place for kids to learn to sail, because it has a protected harbour and a sandy beach on Port Phillip. We have consistent winds and as skill levels increase, kids get a taste of sailing conditions on the bay under instructor supervision. We even have dolphin visitors and resident Little Penguins.

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