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Tackers 1

This program is designed to provide a safe and enjoyable introduction to dinghy sailing for primary school aged kids (7-12 years).

Kids sail in pairs in small boats called Ozi Opti’s. They learn the basics of boat handling, and maneuvering, practice safety drills and how to recover from a capsize. All exercises are incorporated into games so the kids are unaware they are in a lesson, they are just having fun. It’s a great way to meet new friends while mucking about on the water.

Our Tackers Courses are priced between $270 and $385pp and we do offer a member discount. If you would like to be notified when course dates are confirmed please email [email protected]

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Sailors Competencies

Boat Handling

  • Steered with tiller extension under towing paddling power
  • The ability to tie a figure 8 knot, round twice and two half hitches
  • Learnt and practiced how to perform the tack / ‘push turn’
  • Learnt and demonstrated how to gybe / ‘pull turn’
  • Comfortably reached around a figure of 8 course using both tacking and gybing
  • Sailing with the tiller extension (The Microphone Technique!)
  • Learnt to sail upwind and downwind by following the rescue boat

Rules & Safety

  • Swim 50 meters in a PFD
  • Participated in a capsize
  • Participated in rescue drills
  • Realised the most important rule: Always avoid collisions!
  • Understanding of Port / Starboard Right of way

Sailing Theory & Background

  • Identified the ‘no go zone’ and the effects it has on your sailing
  • A background in safety knowledge of tides and currents
  • Basic wind awareness – wind direction and strength
  • Demonstrated respect and care of boats