TACKERS sailing program for children
TACKERS is a structured training program to get kids involved in sailing. The program is based around games and fun, both on and off the water. The formal TACKERS sailing program is for children 7-12 years of age. At our club we run both formal TACKERS training programs and ongoing social based TACKERS activities.
Williamstown Sailing Club is a registered TACKERS Training Centre, which means we follow the guidelines and programs set by Yachting Australia Inc.
For the 2017-18 season we will have three qualified TACKERS instructors and two assistant instructors. These young adults and teenagers are all club members who started sailing at the club when they were about 12, and have come up through our traditional Learn to Sail programs and all are experienced race competitors. Having undertaken a variety of external training courses, they are now qualified to run or assist in our TACKERS programs.
Kids don’t have to have any sailing experience or be a club member to participate. All the equipment, including boats and life jackets are provided.
January 2018 program
Bookings are now open for TACKERS 1, TACKERS 2 and TACKERS 3 programs during the summer school holidays in January 2018.
- TACKERS 1 8-12 January, 4 hour session daily (8.30am – 12.30pm) - booked out
- TACKERS 2 8-12 January, 4 hour session daily (1pm – 5pm) - 2 vacancies
- TACKERS 1 15-19 January, 4 hour session daily (8.30am – 12.30pm) - 5 vacancies
- TACKERS 3 15-18 January, note 5 hour session for 4 days (12.30pm – 5.30pm) - booked out
Programs will require a minimum number of participants to run.
- WSC members $250 per course ($20 discount for sibling)
- Non-members $300 per course ($20 discount for sibling)
Information and enrolment
- WSC – TACKERS information sheet – January 2018 (PDF)
- WSC – TACKERS enrolment form – January 2018 (Word)
For those lucky kids who are already Williamstown Sailing Club members, we are running the free Saturday morning TACKERS fleet sessions from 10am – 12pm, during the sailing season.
This is an opportunity to practice skills learnt in TACKERS programs, play games, have some fun and do some exercise in a friendly environment. Club members under 7 are allowed to join in these activities. Parents must stay on site during these sessions. We will be introducing some racing activities for those interested. Also, for non-club members we do allow kids to have a try at sailing to see if they would like to do one of the TACKERS training programs.
The Optis have been named!
Opening Day on 7 October provided the opportunity to christen our Ozi Opti fleet and new Junior Sailing rescue boat. Find out more here.
TACKERS fleet is back
Saturday morning TACKERS Fleet sailing is back from 14 October, running from 10-12 as we did last season. This season will see the extension of our Saturday morning program to provide an opportunity for the more confident junior sailors to improve their skills and maybe even take on their friends in some short races. A parent briefing will be held on that first day, so the more TACKERS families we can get down on that first day the better.
If you have any enquiries regards TACKERS courses please call in to the club on a Saturday morning and talk to the TACKERS team.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org, including your phone number and our TACKERS Co-ordinator will call you.