Tackers 1 & 2 Learn to Sail Programs

Tackers is a fun, introductory, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7-12 years, delivered at recognised Tackers Clubs. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience or club membership to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided.

  • Parents are most welcome to stay and watch but equally, if they need to be elsewhere that’s fine. Their children will be VERY busy!
  • Tackers trainers are very skilled in games to take care of bad weather days. So the program will run regardless of the weather
  • Participants should bring a wetsuit if they have one or warm clothes/thermals. They will get wet! Wetsuit boots or sports shoes. A hat and sun screen. A towel and warm clothes to change into

Tackers 1 – Having Fun covers

  • Boat Handling (capsizing, steering, avoiding collisions, basic sailing)
  • Rules& Safety (life jackets, rescue drills, understanding basic right of way rules)
  • Sailing Theory (wind direction, wind strength, basic sailing theory, care of boats on the water.)

Tackers 2 – Tricks and Techniques covers

  • Boat Handling (sailing upwind, gybing safely, use the tiller extension, downwind sailing with centreboard up)
  • Rules & Safety (capsize and recover unassisted, demonstrate rules of the road
  • Sailing Theory & Background (rig your boat, more sailing terminology, wind awareness)

Some ability to swim would be preferable, however they will be wearing lifejackets at all times. In the first session, the instructors supervise the group in a 25-metre swim with their lifejackets on. Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to the Tackers Club Leader or the Tackers Instructor if they have any concerns.

When kids start sailing in Tackers 1 they will be sailing in pairs. There are usually 6-10 boats in a group and there will be an Instructor and an Assistant Instructor in a safety boat supervising the group. The safety boat stays on the water all the time the kids are sailing.

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Class Schedule

24th – 27th September School Holidays Session Times: Tackers 1 – 09.00 to 15.00

What you will learn
  • Boat Handling
  • Rules & Safety
  • Sailing Theory
What you will get
  • Expert tuition from an expert coach
  • All the equipment, including the boats, is provided

What to bring
  • A change of clothes & shoes
  • Towel
  • Drink bottle, lunch & snacks
  • Hat - to keep you warm and/or a hat to keep the sun off
  • Sunscreen
  • ...and loads of energy!
What to wear

Wear ones you don't mind getting wet and will keep you warm on cold days

Appropriate for

Kids aged 7-12 years


Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania

Vendor since 2016

The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania is the premier yacht club in Tasmania conducting local events on River Derwent, national and international titles as well as finishing the blue water classic, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

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