What is Tackers?
Tackers is a nationally recognised program by the governing body of sailing, Australian Sailing (AS). It is a Learn to Sail course designed for 7-12 years old, and is based around having fun and building new skills.
What prerequisites are necessary before my child can participate?
The only prerequisite is that each child must be able to swim a minimum of 25 meters. This not only helps for the safety of the children but it usually proves the water confidence of the children. No prior sailing experience is necessary.
What type of boats are used?
The RPAYC owns a fleet of Polythene International Optimists. Optimists are a single handed, internationally recognised class with endless potential. The ones we will be sailing in are plastic, so the occasional bumps and crashes are nothing to worry about.
What is the duration of the course?
Each session runs for two hours and goes for 8 weeks during the school term.
Do I need to be a member of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club?
No, you do not need to be a member; however, we do offer a discounted rate to members of the RPAYC.
My child is a little nervous about sailing
We specialise with children who are not confident. We know how scary it can be for children and try to spend extra time with the children who are not confident or perhaps not as quick at picking up the skills as the others. Our instructors are keen to assist and help these students along. Feel free to let the instructors or Sailing Office know about these fears, and we can help cater towards this.
What safety precautions are there for the participants?
We take safety very seriously. We have on and off water policies that our instructors follow and use to base their decisions upon.
When on the water all participants must wear life vests (Australian Standards Approved) which we supply and ensure fit snugly. There are constant reminders about sunburn and weather protection. Safety lessons are included into the course syllabus and cover a very broad range of water associated safety.
The Club and our instructors have met some very strict standards set by our governing bodies, the Australian Yachting Federation, NSW Sport & Recreation and Work Cover NSW and the Child Protection Act.
What qualifications do the instructors have?
The Instructors at RPAYC have a Dinghy Instructor Certificate from Yachting Australia, as well as Powerboat Handling Certificate and First Aid. They also have a background in dinghy sailing with lots of knowledge and skills to pass down.
How do I book into a course?
Bookings can be made online on the RPAYC.com.au website. If you have any issues with enrolment, please don’t hesitate to contact the Sailing Office.
What is the next step after Tackers?
Once a participants has completed each level of Tackers (1,2,3 respectively), they will be ready to join the RPAYC Green Fleet. At the Green Fleet level, participants have built their confidence and skills to be able to sail in the boat by themselves and will make the step to purchasing their first boat. RPAYC will assist with this next step just as they have supported their sailors all through the Tackers Program.
Please contact the Sailing Office on 9998 3771, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.