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 covers the information on the learn to sail levels up to completion of the Green Fleet. The Tackers courses and Green Fleet are sailed in the plastic training Optimists owned by the club. When sailors are move into the Intermediate Fleet they will start sailing the fibreglass racing Optimists and start to club race and compete in regattas.

pathway diagramTackers 1 – Having Fun Kids sail in pairs in small boats. It’s a great way to meet new friends and learn the basics of how to sail. They will learn how to rig the boat, launch and sail back into the beach, tack to turn the boat around, sail in a straight line and the skills of capsizing.

Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques If kids are confident, they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors. They will learn how to gybe a boat and sail upwind and downwind.

Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast This is a chance for the kids to sail boats on their own and learn how to make the boat go faster and perform the skills of boat handling with more confidence. Tackers 3 complements the Green Fleet training and works well to complete during their time in the Green Fleet 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 at the end.

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
To register click on the course date you want to enrol in.

Tackers 1 – Having Fun  $300.00

Term 2 School Holidays
Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July 0830 – 1230

Saturday Courses This course is run over 5 Saturday mornings from 0830 – 1230 on the following dates:
28 October,  4, 11, 18 and 25  November

Term 3 School Holidays
Monday 25 September to Friday 29 September, 0830 – 1230

Summer Holidays 2017/18
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

Term 1 School Holidays 2018
Monday 16 April to Friday 28th April, 0830 – 1230

Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques $320.00

Term 2 School Holidays
Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July 0830 – 1230

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

Summer Holidays 2017/18
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

Saturday Course This course is run over 5 Saturday mornings from 0830 – 1230
on the following dates:
17, 24 February, 3, 10 & 17 March, 2018

Term 1 School Holidays 2018
Monday 23 April to Friday 27 April, 0830 -1230


Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast $320.00

Term 2 School Holidays
Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July, 0830 – 1230

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

Summer Holidays : 2017/18
Monday 15 January to Friday 19 January, 0830 – 1230

OPTIMIST GREEN FLEET
Wednesday 1600 – 1830
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 one week break over Christmas.

The coach will assess the skill level of the participant and inform the parents when they are ready to move into 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 both a member of the club and complete the registration form and pay a training fee of $40 per 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 Registration Form

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