Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for children aged 7 to 12. Children don’t need to have any prior experience. The only requirement is that they must be ready to have fun! All equipment is provided. There are three levels to the Tackers program that your child can progress through:
Tackers 1 – Tackers 2 – Tackers 3
Programs are either delivered as a 5-day holiday program or over a series of 7 sessions over several weeks, either after school or on Saturdays or Sundays. Children receive a Tackers 1 kit and a certificate of achievement at the completion of each program.The Tackers program is delivered in small groups by a Yachting Australia qualified Instructor and Assistant Instructors.
Aimed at providing a fun, safe, and affordable way to get into sailing. Tackers 1 introduces children to the basics of sailing through games on and off the water. This is using the buddy system of 2 kids per boat. On completion of the course all tackers received a Tackers 1 certificate, T-shirt, water bottle and a cap.
The next level is Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques. Aims to build on the fun participants had at Tackers 1, progressing their sailing skills by sailing solo and teaching the basics of all angles of wind and beginner rules so that they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors. On completion of the course Tackers 2 certificate.
The final level of the Tackers program is Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast! Focuses on advancing sailing skills through games and adventures on the water. This includes the start of our junior sailing program and further knowledge of rules, wind and sailing skills. On completion of the course, all tackers will received Tackers 3 certificate.
Where to next?
The fun doesn’t stop when kids finish Tackers 3. The Peninsula Sailing Academy, in conjunction with the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, offers a Junior Sailing Program for kids to progress onwards. The Junior Sailing Program is a type of introductory, fun racing where kids learn how to go around a race course with kids of similar ability, where the main focus is on enjoyment.
January School Holiday Programs
Week 1: 7-11 January 2018
Week 2: 14-18 January 2018
Please contact the Sailing Office if you have any questions on (03) 5988 8453 or email us