Tackers Courses

Tackers Program


Tackers is a great sailing program for kids aged 7 to 12yrs and under 55kg. It’s fun, safe, and doesn’t require any previous sailing experience. All of the equipment including the boats, sails and life jackets are provided. All courses are run by Australian Sailing accredited coaches.

Below is an illustration of the Optimist Learn to Sail Pathway. This page gives you the information up to the Optimist Green Fleet level. The Tackers courses and Green Fleet use the club owned plastic Tackers Optimists. As sailors transition to the Intermediate Fleet they start sailing the fibreglass racing Optimists and compete in club racing. More information here: sopyc.com.au/on-water-list/optimist/ 

pathway diagramTackers 1 – Having Fun.
Kids sail in pairs in small boats. It’s a great way to meet new friends and learn how to sail. They will learn how to rig the boat, launch, sail back into the beach, tack and gybe to turn the boat around, sail in a straight line and how to capsize and right the boat.
Tackers 2 – Tricks and Techniques. 
If kids are confident, they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support from the Instructor. They will learn how to sail upwind and downwind and continue to improve their skills.
Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast!
This is a the final level of Tackers and complements the Optimist Green Fleet weekly club training. Sailors develop more confidence and learn how to make the boat go faster and how to race. Great for Green Fleet sailors to improve their skills in a short block with consecutive days on the water.

Each level involves 20 hours of participation structured as a 5 day holiday program or as a series of training’s over 5 or more weeks. Kids receive a Tackers kit at the start of every level and a certificate of achievement on completion. 

The Optimist Green Fleet is a twice a week regular training group with the objective of developing the sailor’s skills to a level where they can club race in the Intermediate Fleet. You can start in the Green Fleet on completion of Tackers 2.

Course Dates
Follow the link on the course date you would like to enrol in. 

Tackers 1 – Having Fun $300.00

Saturday Course This course is run over 5 Saturday mornings from 0830 – 1230:
28 October,  4, 11, 18 and 25  November

Term 3 School Holidays Tuesday 26 September to Saturday 30 September, 0830 – 1230

Summer Holidays
Monday 18 December to Friday 22 December, 0830 – 1230
Monday 8 January to Friday 12 January, 0830 – 1230
Monday 22 January to Friday 26 January, 0830 – 1230

Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques $320.00

Term 3 School Holidays Monday 2 October to Friday 6 October, 0830 – 1230

Sunday Course  This course is run over 5 Sunday afternoons from 1230 – 1630:
22, 29 October, 5,12 and 19 November

Summer Holidays
Monday 18 December to Friday 22 December, 1300 – 1700
Monday 8 January to Friday 12 January, 1300 – 1700
Monday 22 January to Friday 26 January, 1300 – 1700

Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast $320.00

Term 3 School Holidays Monday 2 October to Friday 6 October, 1300 – 1700

Summer Holidays Monday 15 January to Friday 19 January, 0830 – 1230

Optimist Green Fleet
Wednesday 1600 – 1830 and Sunday 0900 – 1200.

The training is on twice a week throughout the year from August to June, with the exception of long weekends and a two week break over Christmas.

The coach will assess the skill level of the participant and inform the parents when they are ready to move to the Intermediate Fleet.  Most sailors train in the Green Fleet for 6 – 12 months.

To be in the Optimist Green Fleet you need to be a junior member of the club and pay a training fee of $40.00 a month. There are two time frames for the training fee to be paid, August to December and January to June. The amount is worked out using a pro rata system depending on the month you join the group.

Club Membership Information Select the junior membership category
Optimist Green Fleet Training Form

If you would like any more information, please contact the Head Coach, Tessa Parkinson headcoach@sopyc.com.au 0417 943 340