The first step in the Tackers dinghy sailing program
PREREQUISITE: Preferably some ability to swim; kids will be wearing life-jackets at all times.
DATES: Trackers courses run throughout the entire dry season. Both during school holidays and on weekends.
Tackers is a fun introductory, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12 years; an ideal introduction to dinghy sailing. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience or club membership to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided. Tackers is delivered in small groups of 6 to 10 boats specifically designed for the program supervised by Yachting Australia qualified Instructor and Assistant Instructors who are on the water all the time the kids are sailing.
There are three levels that kids can progress through (Tackers 1 is the first level), each level involves around 20 hours of participation structured as a 4 day holiday program or as a series of sessions over 8 Fridays and Saturdays in term 2, and 8 Saturday sessions in term 3. Each course is focused on having fun, playing games while learning the basics of sailing.
Kids sail in pairs in small boats called Oziopti’s. They learn the basics of boat handling, and maneuvering, practice safety drills and how to recover from a capsize. All exercises are incorporated into games so the kids are unaware they are in a lesson, they are just having fun. It’s a great way to meet new friends while mucking about on the water.