Kids Learn To Sail


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Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Kids Learn To Sail Programs

Welcome to the Alfreds Kids Sailing Programs!

Learning to sail is one of the most satisfying and fulfilling activities a child can do. Sailing is such an incredibly versatile sport, it can be enjoyed by young and old, at adrenalin pumping levels or an avenue to enjoy a fun Sunday afternoon on water. Best of all, it all starts here! In the Australian Sailing (AS) Start Sailing & Tackers programs by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC).

The Alfred’s offers a simple training pathway for kids wanting to get start sailing. Courses are delivered by Australian Sailing (AS) accredited instructors following a national syllabus. If you would like to discover sailing, we will provide a safe, fun, and affordable environment to build your skills.

'Tackers' Weekend Sailing Courses

Sailing courses throughout the school terms are focused on introducing new skills and progressing through the discover sailing pathway. The Australian Sailing national program ‘Tackers’ follows a three stage course program that caters for ages 7-12.

Lessons are held on Sundays throughout the school term. Kids can expect to partake in fun sailing related games and activities, meet new friends, and learn more about sailing a dinghy in a safe environment.


October to December 2022

Sunday morning for Tackers 1 & Tackers 2 (08:30 – 11:30)
Sunday afternoons for Tackers 3 (12:30 – 15:30)in October/Nov/Dec 2022

16 Oct | 23 Oct | 30 Oct | 06 Nov | 13 Nov | 27 Nov | 04 Dec | 11 Dec

** Please note there is no session on 20 Nov due to RPAYC hosting Harken Regatta**

Member Course Fee*

To be eligible for the member course fee, the participant is required to be a current financial youth member for the 2022/23 membership year (through to April 2023). 

Visitor Course Fee

School Holiday Sailing Programs

Looking for a fun activity for your child to spend their time throughout the school holidays? Joining a holiday sailing program is the perfect way to spend time with new friends and exploring our sailing background!

Our program will include a variety of sailing activities that are focused on having fun and learning the basic sailing skills. The days activities are customised to the days weather conditions. Book your child into a Holiday course today!

  • Kids Holiday Program: 20 – 23 December 2022
    9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Kids Holiday Sailing Program: 17 – 20 January 2023
    9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Member Course Fee*

To be eligible for the member course fee, the participant is required to be a current financial youth member for the 2022/23 membership year (through to April 2023). 

Visitor Course Fee

How to register for an Australian Sailing course at RPAYC...

To register for all sailing courses at RPAYC, you will need an Australian Sailing number. This is your unique identifier that recognises you as a member and/or course participant. If you already have an Australian Sailing number, you can look it up here. If you do not have one, then there is an option to begin registration for an Australian Sailing number when registering for a course or Discover Sailing experience for the first time (follow the links via course registration). 

Once registered, you will receive a number, a username and an online profile. The benefits of this include being able to enrol in any national sailing courses, register for a ‘SailPass’, and to keep a record of your memberships, courses and qualifications. 

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Which program should I enroll in?

Completion of a single course does not necessarily mean that your child will be ready to move up to the next level. Please speak with our instructors at the end of a course to establish which level (Tackers 1, 2 or 3) is best for them to begin next!

Joining a holiday camp is a great opportunity to discover sailing! Kids will engage in a mixture of sailing activities throughout the week, with a focus on having fun and learning the basic skills!

In Tackers 1: Having Fun kids sail in pairs in small boats. It’s a great way to meet new friends and kids have the chance to sail with others in their group. There is no experience necessary and no assumed knowledge, just come along to have fun and we’ll take care of the rest. Register Kids and invite your friends to participate for a great time out on Pittwater.

If kids are confident, they can sail a boat on their own in Tackers 2: Tricks & Techniques with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

The final level is Tackers 3: Sailing Fast! This is a chance for the kids to sail boats on their own, learning how to make the boat go faster and playing more games, all whilst still under the guidance and supervision of the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

Unable to find a course date?

Complete an Expression of Interest for RPAYC Kids Learn to Sail programs to be informed about new course availability. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are enrolling your child for the first time in a Term Time ‘Tackers’ Course, then Tackers 1 is the starting point! After your child has completed their first course, speak with our instructors to establish which level is best suited for them to take part in next. Enrolment in a school holiday sailing camp does not necessarily mean your child is ready to move up to the next level of Tackers.

No, one of the great things about Kids Learn to Sail is you don’t have to be a member of the club to participate. In fact, kids receive an honorary club membership during their participation in the program from Australian Sailing.

RPAYC does offer a great Youth Membership opportunity for individuals and families and a wealth of benefits which includes DISCOUNTED courses.

Yes, ability to swim a minimum 25m unassisted. Lifejackets are provided to all participants and must be worn at all times. Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to the Head Instructor or the Sail Training Co-Ordinator if they have any concerns.

Throughout the School Holiday Sailing Program, kids will try sailing on different types of sailing dinghies, and also experience sailing on a small keelboat with our accredited instructors at the helm!

Our Tackers program is only delivered in a boat called an ‘Opti’. This boat was specifically designed for the Tackers program and is an ideal introduction to dinghy sailing for young children. The built in buoyancy tanks provide extra safety and stability for up to two children to sail together throughout the Tackers 1 program. As they gain confidence, they can progress to sailing the boat on their own.

When kids start sailing in Tackers 1 they will be sailing in pairs. There are usually 6-10 boats in a group and there will be an Instructor and an Assistant Instructor in a safety boat supervising the group. The safety boat stays on the water all the time the kids are sailing.

Here is what you need to bring with every time you go sailing with:

  • Clothes & Shoes – wear ones you don’t mind getting wet and will keep you warm on cold days.
  • A change of clothes and shoes.
  • Towel
  • Drink bottle, lunch and snacks.
  • Hat – to keep you warm and protect you from the sun.
  • Sunscreen
  • …and loads of energy!

On completion of all three Tackers programs, kids can choose to progress into the RPAYC ‘Green Fleet’. The ‘Green Fleet’ program introduces to kids to new skills including better boat handling, rules of sailing, and a brief introduction to racing!

Active Kids Vouchers

The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the new Active Kids program and Australian Sailing is an approved provider. Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher valued up to $100 (x 2) per calendar year for each school-enrolled child. 

Required at time of Registration. Apply for your voucher online here.

Please note: Active Kids Vouchers can only be used for courses that are a minimum of 8 weeks in length, in accordance with NSW Government rules.