Learn to Sail for Children & Teens

Kids Learn to Sail Course - 8 to 12yrs

In 2013 RSYS adopted the new Australian Sailing endorsed Learn to Sail program for children, called the 'Tackers Program'. The Tackers Program is aimed at introducing children aged 8 to 12 to sailing in a fun, safe, accessible and affordable way. The program offers children the opportunity to start on a pathway to ongoing involvement in clubs, gradually progressing through over several seasons.

The Tackers Program utilises a poly-plastic and simplified version of the International Optimist sailing dinghy. The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy sailed by children up to the age of 15. It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the Class and many more built but never registered. It is sailed in over 120 countries and in the last Olympics 85% of medal winning skippers were former Optimist dinghy sailors.

The RSYS Tackers Program is open to both members and non-members. Tackers sailors are provided with a boat for all training, receive instruction from accredited Australian Sailing Instructors as well as receiving a Certificate with each level passed. Participants in an RSYS Tackers program need to own their own Personal Flotation Device (PFD). For assistance in choosing a PFD, please feel free to contact the Sailing Office.

 

Teenager Learn to Sail Keelboat Courses - 13 to 17yrs

The RSYS Teenage Learn to Sailing Keelboat courses are designed for teenagers aged between 13-17 years of age, using the Australian Sailing 'Keelboat Program'. All training courses are conducted by accredited Australian Sailing Instructors and are also open to both members and non-members.

Courses make use of the Squadrons exciting fleet of Elliott 7s sports boats. Our boats allow you to learn to sail without the fear of capsizing, and usually with several other people onboard. Learning to sail in a self-righting keelboat provides a learning platform that is stable yet responsive.

Throughout the course, our teenage students will be able to enjoy sailing in all parts of Sydney Harbour, including an adventure sail and lunch, and should condition's permit, a trip to the Middle Harbour area. Students will be able to learn the fundamentals of sailing and develop an understanding of each person’s role and how teamwork plays a major part in being an effective crew. They will come away with the knowledge and confidence to sail a small boat competently and for those that wish, you can progress to larger boats or participate as crew on a racing boat.

 

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Upcoming Courses & Bookings in the 2018/2019 season

 
** PLEASE NOTE ** - All courses are subject to change with limited notice, based on demand and availability.
 

Tackers 1, 2 and 3 - Term 4 (2018)

Course                Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

Tackers 1 - Having Fun

8 x days 0900-1230hrs Sun 21 Oct - Sun 9 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

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Tackers 2 - Tricks & Techniques

8 x days 0900-1230hrs Sun 21 Oct - Sun 9 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

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Tackers 3 - Sailing Fast

8 x days 0900-1230hrs Sun 21 Oct - Sun 9 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

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December School Holiday Camps 2018 (Week 1) - Tackers 1, 2 and 3

Course                Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

Tackers 1 - Having Fun

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 10 Dec - Thur 13 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

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Tackers 2 - Tricks & Techniques

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 10 Dec - Thur 13 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

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Tackers 3 - Sailing Fast

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 10 Dec - Thur 13 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

 

December School Holiday Camp 2018 (Week 1) - Teenage Keelboats

Course                Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Crewing

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 10 Dec - Thur 13 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

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Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Helming

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 10 Dec - Thur 13 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

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Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Skippering

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 10 Dec - Thur 13 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

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Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Spinnakers  

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 10 Dec - Thur 13 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

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December School Holiday Camps 2018 (Week 2) - Tackers 1, 2 and 3

Course                Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

Tackers 1 - Having Fun

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 17 Dec - Thur 20 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

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Tackers 2 - Tricks & Techniques

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 17 Dec - Thur 20 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Tackers 3 - Sailing Fast

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 17 Dec - Thur 20 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

 

December School Holiday Camp 2018 (Week 2) - Teenage Keelboats

Course                Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Crewing

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 17 Dec - Thur 20 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Helming

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 17 Dec - Thur 20 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Skippering

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 17 Dec - Thur 20 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Spinnakers  

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 17 Dec - Thur 20 Dec

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

 

January School Holiday Camps 2019 (Week 1) - Tackers 1, 2 and 3

Course                Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

Tackers 1 - Having Fun

3 x days 0900-1530hrs Wed 2 Jan - Fri 4 Jan 2019

Members $360

Non Members $415

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Tackers 2 - Tricks & Techniques

3 x days 0900-1530hrs Wed 2 Jan - Fri 4 Jan 2019

Members $360

Non Members $415

Register Here

Tackers 3 - Sailing Fast

3 x days 0900-1530hrs Wed 2 Jan - Fri 4 Jan 2019

Members $360

Non Members $415

Register Here

 

January School Holiday Camp 2019 (Week 1) - Teenage Keelboats

Course                Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Crewing

3 x days 0900-1530hrs Wed 2 Jan - Fri 4 Jan 2019

Members $360

Non Members $415

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Helming

3 x days 0900-1530hrs Wed 2 Jan - Fri 4 Jan 2019

Members $360

Non Members $415

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Skippering

3 x days 0900-1530hrs Wed 2 Jan - Fri 4 Jan 2019

Members $360

Non Members $415

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Spinnakers  

3 x days 0900-1530hrs Wed 2 Jan - Fri 4 Jan 2019

Members $360

Non Members $415

Register Here

 

January School Holiday Camps 2019 (Week 2) - Tackers 1, 2 and 3

Course                Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

Tackers 1 - Having Fun

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 7 Jan - Thur 10 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Tackers 2 - Tricks & Techniques

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 7 Jan - Thur 10 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Tackers 3 - Sailing Fast

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 7 Jan - Thur 10 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

 

January School Holiday Camp 2019 (Week 2) - Teenage Keelboats

Course                Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Crewing

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 7 Jan - Thur 10 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Helming

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 7 Jan - Thur 10 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Skippering

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 7 Jan - Thur 10 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Spinnakers  

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 7 Jan - Thur 10 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

 

January School Holiday Camps 2019 (Week 3) - Tackers 1, 2 and 3

Course                Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

Tackers 1 - Having Fun

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 14 Jan - Thur 17 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Tackers 2 - Tricks & Techniques

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 14 Jan - Thur 17 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Tackers 3 - Sailing Fast

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 14 Jan - Thur 17 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

 

January School Holiday Camp 2019 (Week 3) - Teenage Keelboats

Course                Sessions Dates Course Fee Register

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Crewing

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 14 Jan - Thur 17 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Helming

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 14 Jan - Thur 17 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Start Skippering

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 14 Jan - Thur 17 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

Teenage Learn to Sail (Keelboat) - Spinnakers  

4 x days 0900-1530hrs Mon 14 Jan - Thur 17 Jan 2019

Members $480

Non Members $550.00

Register Here

 

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What is the Tackers program?

Tackers is a great sailing program for children aged 8 to 12; it's fun, safe, and best of all, affordable! Australian Sailing provides more information about the 'Tackers Program' here. There are three levels that sailors progress through.

Tackers 1 - Having Fun

Tackers children sail in pairs in small boats. It's a great way to meet new friends and children have the chance to sail with others in their group.

Tackers 2 - Tricks & Techniques

If Tackers are confident, they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support and encouragement from the Instructors.

Tackers 3 - Sailing Fast!

This is a chance for the children to sail the boats on their own, learning how to make the boat go faster and sail more efficiently.

What's next for Tackers participants?

Once sailors have completed all three levels of the Tackers program they can move into the Squadrons Green Fleet. After purchasing their own fibreglass Optimist, sailors will be able to start learning the skills of racing and enjoying all the other elements the sport can offer. For more information on the Squadron's Green Fleet please refer to the Youth Training page or contact Locky Pryor (Ph: 02 9017 0154, E: locky.pryor@rsys.com.au).

 

 

What is the Teenage Learn to Sail Keelboats program?

The Squadron Teenage Learn to Sail Keelboat program is a great way for teenagers aged between 13 - 17 years to discover sailing on a dynamic and fun keelboat. All the keelboat programs use the Squadron's fleet of new Elliott 7s sports-boats. There are four levels that the sailors will progress through. 

Start Crewing

The first step on the Keelboat pathway introduces sailors to the basics of sailing on a keelboat, including boat handling, safety and basic sailing theory

Start. Helming

This course further develops sailors theory and practical skills to confidently take control on the helm.

Start Skippering

Sailors will now get to advance their sailing skills and safety knowledge to enable them to skipper unsupervised in sheltered waters.

Start Spinnakers

This course introduces sailors to the fun and challenge of using asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers.

What's next for Teenage Learn to Sail participants?

Once sailors have completed all four levels of the Teenage Learn to Sail program there are several opportunities for them to continue sailing on keelboats including the Squadron Keelboat Program and crewing for Saturday or Twilight races (sailors must organise crew positions themselves). Contact the Sailing Office for more information about the opportunities available for sailors who have completed the program (Ph: 02 9017 154).