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 understands the importance of quality training for both Adults and Children.  Tackers, is 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 recognizes 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 enroll in a course you can fill out and submit an enrollment form to the RYCV office or click the links online to enroll over the internet.

Tackers 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 2012/21

Click on the course names below to register your child for an upcoming Tackers course.


Weekend Programs:

Term 1 2020

Tackers Intro 15 Feb 9:00am – 11:30am  $50
Tackers 1 15th, 22nd, 29th Feb, 14th, 21st, 28th Mar and 18th Apr 9:00am – 11:30am $280
Tackers 2 15th, 22nd, 29th Feb, 14th, 21st, 28th Mar and 18th Apr 12:30pm – 3:00pm $280
Tackers 3 16th, 23rd Feb, 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th Mar and 19th Apr 9:00am – 11:30am $280
Greenfleet 16th, 23rd Feb, 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th Mar and 19th Apr 12:30am – 3:00pm $280


Term 4 2020

Tackers Intro 17 Oct 9:00am – 11:30am  $50
Tackers 1 17th, 24th Oct, 7th, 21st, 28th Nov, 5th and 12th Dec 9:00am – 11:30am $280
Tackers 2 17th, 24th Oct, 7th, 21st, 28th Nov, 5th and 12th Dec 12:30pm – 3:00pm $280
Tackers 3 18th, 25th Oct, 8th, 22nd Nov, 6th Mar and 13th Dec 9:00am – 11:30am $280
Greenfleet 18th, 25th Oct, 8th, 22nd Nov, 6th Mar and 13th Dec 12:30am – 3:00pm $280



School Holiday Programs:

Jan Holidays 2020

Tackers Intro 20th Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm  $70
Tackers 1 20th – 24th Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm $280
Tackers 2 20th – 24th Jan 1:00pm – 4:30pm $280
Tackers 3 13th – 17th Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm $280

Easter Holidays 2020

Easter Holiday Program Update.

Unfortunately due to the current crisis.  Tackers 1 Easter program has been cancelled.   The larger size of the Tackers 1 groups and the fact that there are two children per boat means that we are not able to maintain the Government stipulated social distancing requirements needed to mitigate the risk of spreading infection.

At this stage Tackers 2 and Tackers 3 will continue due to the smaller class sizes and the fact that the kids are in a boat by themselves.  This allows us to maintain the required Social Distancing requirements.  In addition to observing these requirements, the following measures have also been put in place to protect children and staff.

  • Class sizes have been reduced
  • The syllabus will be adjusted to take Social Distancing requirements into account.
  • After each session the both the boats and training room will be thoroughly disinfected.
  • Greenfleet briefing will take place on the lawn/decking area.
  • Staff will complete the sign on/off sheets for participants
Tackers Intro 30th Mar 9:00am – 12:30pm  $70
Tackers 1 30th Mar – 3rd Apr 9:00am – 12:30pm $280
Tackers 2 30th Mar – 3rd Apr 1:00pm – 4:30pm $280
Tackers 3 6th Apr – 9th Apr 9:00am – 1:30pm $280


Sept/Oct 2020 Holidays

Tackers Intro 28th Sept 9:00am – 12:30pm  $70
Tackers 1 28th Sept- 2nd Oct 9:00am – 12:30pm $280
Tackers 2 28th Sept- 2nd Oct 1:00pm – 4:30pm $280
Tackers 3 21st – 24th Sept 9:00am – 12:30pm $280

Jan Holidays 2021

Tackers Intro 18th Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm  $70
Tackers 1 18th – 22nd Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm $280
Tackers 2 18th – 22nd Jan 1:00pm – 4:30pm $280
Tackers 3 11th – 15th Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm $280