Tackers Junior Sailing Program

Royal Yacht Club of Victoria is the perfect for families and children in particular to learn to sail. The club has embraced Tackers, a program aimed at giving every junior Australian the opportunity to go sailing in a professional, safe and fun environment.

Tackers is an entry-level sailing program for primary school aged children. Designed around kids, for kids, the Tackers program seeks to provide a vibrant new approach to sail training that recognises that the learning styles of children differs from those of adults.

The program is based around some core values that inform everything that is delivered and communicated about the program. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t need to have their own boat. All the equipment, including life jackets and boats is provided. They don’t even need to be a member of the club to participate, though of course we would be delighted if ultimately they decided to join up.

To enrol in a course you can fill out and submit an enrolment form to the RYCV office or click the links online to enrol over the internet.

Values:

  • Kids Centric
  • Non-competitive, fun and social
  • Delivered by professional, young, instructors
  • Program consistent across locations
  • Branded modern presentations
  • Target kids outside of existing yacht club membership
  • Value for money relative to programs in other sports
  • Graduate pathway over several steps and seasons

The Tackers Pathway

The club offers all three levels of Tackers, either as a mid school term course run on the same day each weekend or as five consecutive morning or afternoon sessions run on Monday to Friday over the school holidays.

For those unsure if their child will take like a duck to water, there is also the chance to experience a Tackers introductory course before committing to signing up for the full program. 

Tackers 1: Fun & Confidence

Tackers 1 is the first step, and is all about instilling the kids with a basic degree of comfort to sail a small boat in company with another, in light to medium wind conditions.

Tackers 2: Tricks & Techniques

Tackers 2 moves on from Tackers 1 teaching the student better sailing, tricks, techniques and sailing safely by themselves.

Tackers 3: Go Fast

Tackers 3 moves on from Tackers 2, teaching the student beginner racing skills in readiness for club and green fleet Optimist racing.

Each level includes quality tuition from qualified Australian Sailing (formerly Yachting Australia) Instructors and Assistant Instructors. There is a combination of on-the-water and off-the water games to ensure every participant enjoys their experience. A certificate will be awarded at the end of each level of the program.

For those youngsters who are keen to continue developing their sailing, Royals offers the opportunity to join fleet racing with the Optimist and International Cadet dinghies being the popular choices for junior racing and a Fast Track coaching program aimed at accelerating development of their racing performance.

Contact our Sail Training Development Manager Ian Fox on (03) 9397 1277 or by email at training@rycv.asn.au for dates, further information and to enroll.

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Program Times & Dates for 2017
Click on the course names below to register your child for an upcoming Tackers course.

Weekend Program: Term 4 2017

Course Date Time Cost (per child)
Tackers Intro Saturday
28 October
9am - 11:30am  $50
Tackers 1 Saturdays
28 October - 16 December
excluding 18 November
9am - 11:30am $250
Tackers 2 Saturdays
28 October - 16 December
excluding 18 November
12:00pm - 2:30pm $250
Tackers 3 Sundays
29 October - 17 December
excluding 19 November
9am - 11:30am $250


School Holiday Program: September/October
 Holidays 2017

Course Date Time Cost (per child)
Tackers Intro 25 September 9:00am - 12:30pm

$50
Tackers 1 25 - 29 September 9:00am - 12:30pm $250
Tackers 2 25 - 29 September 1:00pm - 4:30pm $250
Tackers 3 2 - 6 October  9:00am - 12:30pm $250

 

School Holiday Program: January Holidays 2018

Course Date Time Cost (per child)
Tackers Intro 15 January 9am - 12:30am  $50
Tackers 1 15 - 19 January 9am - 12:30pm $250
Tackers 2 15 - 19 January 1:00pm - 4:30pm $250
Tackers 3 22 - 25 January 9am - 12:30pm $250