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.
Expression of Interest:
If any course that you wish to participate in is fully booked or not scheduled, please email an expression of interest to our Training Coordinator at [email protected]
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 and supervised by Australian Sailing qualified Instructors 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.
DSC will provide participants with life jackets and boats. We have toilets and change rooms, and water fountains. However there are a few things you will need to bring with you to ensure safety and fun on the water: - Close-toed shoes (no thongs) - Hat - Water bottle - Sunscreen - Snacks/Lunch for break (if desired): There is limited space in the Club esky, however if you have your own to keep your lunch cool please bring it along. - Stinger suit or leggings (Box jellyfish are still present in the water so protection must be worn at all times)
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.