Kids Learn to Sail Courses

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Our kids sailing courses are designed to progressively teach your child how to sail, starting with the essential skills and gradually introducing more advanced techniques as they progress through the various course pathways. The courses encourage high standards of safety, proficiency as well as skill development, and introduce students to enjoyable dinghy racing, giving them the confidence to enter races.

Our club also provides further opportunities for young sailors to improve their sailing and racing skills. So, if you would like your child to learn how to sail, this is the place to start!

Tackers is a fun introductory, games-based sailing course designed for kids aged 7-12 years. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience or club membership to participate, however they will need to be able to swim 25 meters unassisted to complete this course. All the equipment, including the boats are provided. The Tackers Program is delivered in small groups by an Australian Sailing Qualified Instructor and Assistant Instructors. There are two levels that kids can progress through:

Tackers 1 – Having fun. Kids sail in pairs in small boats. It’s a great way to meet new friends and kids will have the chance to sail with others in their group.

Tackers 2 – Tricks & techniques. If 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 3 / Blue Fleet – Transitioning to racing fleets. This is where kids will learn rules of racing and how to sail our Open Skiff and Pelican Junior classes. 


Next Course Dates:

Tackers 1 Course: 24th – 27th September (Dates to be confirmed)

Tackers 2 Course:  5th, 12th, 19th & 26th October (Dates to be confirmed)

Tackers 3 Course:  2nd, 9th, 16th & 23 November (Dates to be confirmed)

For more information on upcoming course dates please email or call us on 9339-8111.

Frequently asked questions:

What should my child wear on a Tackers course?

With the majority of the course spent in the water, we highly recommend that participants wear clothing that can get wet. For both girls and boys, we recommend board shorts, a long sleeve rash top, a spray jacket and a wetsuit for cold days. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes and a towel for afterwards.

All participants must wear enclosed shoes and a hat at all times on the water.

What should my child bring to the course?

Each participant will need to bring:

• A change of clothes and towel
• Sunscreen and hat
• Old shoes or rubber boots for sailing
• Morning tea & water bottle

Out There Sailing, is a new & improved program aimed at 12 – 17 year old’s who would like to try dinghy sailing, stand up paddle boarding & powerboating. Out There Sailing also focuses on the social element of a club environment, simply enjoying time spent with friends whether that be on the water, on the beach or in the clubhouse. The program provides a social environment for teenagers to cultivate real friendships with others from their local area, whilst potentially igniting a love for sailing in the process!

Next Course Dates:
Stay tuned for upcoming course dates!

$200 per child

For more information please contact our On-Water Coordinator by emailing or call 9339-8111. 

Junior members have the opportunity after Blue Fleet to be invited into our Saturday morning Green Fleet training sessions. All fleets are fully coached with the intention to refine boat handling skills and prepare for upcoming regattas and racing in Open Skiffs and Pelicans.

Junior training is run on Saturday mornings during the Sailing season ( School Terms 1, 2 and 4).

Please contact our On-Water Coordinator for more information on joining this program by emailing or calling 9339-8111.

The Performance training is designed to enhance racing specific skills and techniques.  Available to selected sailors that have reached a higher skill level or displayed great commitment and desire to improve their skills.  Performance training is an afterschool program, prioritising regatta racing experience.

For further details and dates please contact our On Water Events Coordinator on or call 9339-8111.