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Tackers Intro

Tackers Intro is the first session of a Tackers 1 course and is designed to give kids and their parents a taste of the program. It is designed to provide a safe and enjoyable introduction to dinghy sailing for primary school aged kids. 

Tackers Intro sessions are usually run with or just before a Tackers 1 course and participants are encouraged to continue on with the Tackers 1 course.

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.

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Sailors Competencies for tackers 1

When I’m on the water I can……

  • Leave and return back to the beach
  • Be towed around behind a rescue boat
  • Avoid other boats
  • Recognise the ‘no go zone’
  • Reach around a figure of 8 course
  • Right a capsized boat
  • Recover my crew in a ‘man over board’ situation
  • Stop my boat and get it going again
  • Swim 25 meters in a PFD

And when I’m on shore I can……

  • Dress for the conditions including the right PFD, sunscreen, hat and footwear
  • Name the main parts of my boat
  • Tie a ‘figure of 8’ knot
  • Point to where the wind is coming from
  • Respect the boats that I’m using