Tackers program for kids

We’re back with Tackers for late Spring, 2020. Updated 17 Sept 2020.

With the Victorian Government Roadmap outlining the potential easing of Covid -19 health regulations in the Melbourne area, we’re doubtful that Tackers will return as normal for September 2020 School holiday program.

As at 17 September 2020 we are still in Stage 4 restrictions with a low case number threshold to meet as a community before any easing of the curfew, 5 km travel restrictions and the return of schools – let alone large gatherings and sail training. These are decisions for the CHO and the Victorian Government.

We are keen to get back to Tackers – as soon as we are permitted.

Our Sunday morning Tackers session is likely to return in November 2020 in a modified form. With any luck our Summer Tackers school holiday in January and February 2021 will also proceed as planned. 

Expressions of interest are now open for these Tackers courses. See our booking forms below, call me or send us an email.

Covid-19 and sailing. Our Tackers courses (and all of our sailing courses) will comply with the Victorian Government Health Regulations, as well Covid – 19 guidelines for Australian Sailing “Discover Sailing Centres”, like the Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy. We will advise any specific protocols or requirements to your family via the Joining Instructions sent prior to each of our courses. Remember the vast majority of our training is outdoors.

Why Sailing ? If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure sport for your children that encourages teamwork, active thinking, resilience and water safety then sailing is a great choice for your family. If you’re tired of your kids picking up a screen for inspiration, then Tackers (and sailing) is the ultimate “screen free” zone. Making new friends, learning new knots,  finding our how sailing boats work, discovering the marine environment and more are all part of our Tackers adventures.

If you have any questions about Tackers courses or getting into sailing, please contact Leigh or 9534 0059 or 0412 196301 email: training@rmys.com.au .

“I started sailing as a 9 year old, only because my uncle gave me a chance to have a go. Now I’m hooked.” Leigh

Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12. Kids don’t need to have any prior sailing experience. The only requirement is that they must be ready to have fun!! All boating and safety equipment is provided.

Kids receive a Tackers certificate of achievement at the completion of every program. The Tackers program is delivered in small groups by Australian Sailing qualified Sailing Instructors and Assistant Instructors who love teaching sailing to kids.

Why RMYS, St.Kilda? Come and experience sailing on the Bay at wonderful St.Kilda, next to the St.Kilda Pier. We launch our dinghies from the sandy beach opposite Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron and sail in the sheltered waters of St.Kilda harbour. Mum or Dad can get a coffee at the kiosk or look on from the Pier. When conditions are right we venture further on Port Phillip in bay winds and waves. You may even see a Little Penguin ( a local resident in St.Kilda), a Rakali (a native water rat like an otter) or dolphins.

Click buttons below for booking forms or call Leigh in the RMYS Training Office on 9534 0059, mobile: 0412 196 301 or via email: training@rmys.com.au

In Tackers 1 – Having Fun, kids sail in pairs in small boats called Optimists. It’s a great way to make new friends, play games and be active out on the water while learning basic boat handling in a safe environment.

The next level is Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques. If kids are confident, they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support and encouragement from instructors, while developing important boat handling skills and an understanding of marine rules and safety.

The final level of the Tackers program is Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast! In individual boats kids learn how to make the boat go faster and begin to think about sailing tactics and racing, while under the guidance and support of instructors.

Cost: $330 per child per level, with a family discount available. Tackers packs are no longer issued, however your child will be sent a Tackers achievement certificate on completion of each level.

What to bring to a Tackers class: See our downloadable guide for parents (below)

What To Bring

To enrol in one of these courses or to find out upcoming course dates, please download the booking form below:
All classes are subject to minimum participant numbers for viability.

Beyond Tackers we offer GREEN FLEET coaching courses on Sundays leading into our junior racing program.
Duration: Each Tackers level consists of 20 hours of participation structured as Sundays.
6 x 3.5 hour sessions over six weeks or a 5 day school holiday program

See the booking forms on our Green Fleet page or call Leigh in the RMYS Training Office on 9534 0059, mobile: 0412 196 301 or via email: training@rmys.com.au