Welcome to the RGYC Kids Learn To Sail Program

Tackers is a fun introductory, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7-12 years-old. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience or club membership to participate. 


We are taking a winter break. Courses recommence in the September School Holidays

If the above Tackers programs are not suitable, please register your interest by completing the form below.

‘Tackers’ Courses

Tackers 1 – Having Fun

This course aims to provide children aged 7-12 with a fun, safe and affordable way to get into sailing.

The course includes boat basics, fundamental boat handling skills and essential safety knowledge. Water confidence is required due to capsizing drills and open water life jacket swim. Sessions are offered both after school during the sailing season and during school holidays.

Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques

This course aims to build on the fun participants had in Tackers 1, to progress their sailing skills.

This level includes better sailing, tricks, techniques and continues developing confidence while sailing on various points on sail in differing conditions. Participants receive complimentary Blue RGYC Junior membership.

Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast!

This course aims to build on skills learned in Tackers 2 and focuses on advanced sailing skills through games and adventures on the water.

Skills learned in levels 1 & 2 are built upon while also introducing some new ones. Sailors will be able to apply knowledge of fundamental boat handling to independently sail a dinghy and be introduced to the basics of racing and explore various sailing techniques suited to different conditions.

What’s after Tackers

Kids who have completed the Tackers program have a few options to progress after they have completed the Tackers program.

  1. Continue to train with Green Fleet improving their racing skills under the direction of a coach while also transitioning into Junior club racing.
  2. Transition into Off The Beach (OTB) Junior club racing either with your own boat or consider pairing with someone and race a two-handed boat together.
  3. Sign up for the youth OutThere Sailing program (12yrs+) which is a social sailing program where youths can progress there sailing skills in a fun no competitive environment.

For more information about the RGYC Tackers programs or any of the other programs offered, please contact the RGYC Sailing Academy via (03) 5229 3705 or email at [email protected]

Tackers Intro, Ages 6 – 12

Is a 1.5 hour experience that introduces children to sailing who are interested in trying out sailing a boat or for anyone who may be interested in our junior Tackers program but would like to see what sailing is about before committing to a course.

The next step in the pathway after attending an experience or starting point for some is the junior learn to sail program for ages 7+ known as ‘Tackers’ which comprises of three levels followed by Green Fleet race training.