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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.



In 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.

The next stage is Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques, when kids are confident they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors. Tackers 2 often follows the completion of Tackers 1, but can be a start point for children with some sailing experience.

The Details

Session Times:  Tackers 1 –  9:30am to 15:00pm  30th January – 2nd February. Members price $150 Non-members price $250.

   Tackers 2 –  9:30am to 15:00pm  22nd January – 25th January. Members price $150 Non-members price $250. 

  • – 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 wet-suit 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.

About the programs:

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)

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