KIDS LEARN TO SAIL
Welcome To The Alfreds
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
Kids Learn To Sail Course Information
Welcome to the Alfreds Australian Sailing Kids Learn to Sail 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 lazy Sunday afternoon. Best of all, it all starts here! In the Australian Sailing (AS) Tackers Program 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.
TERM TIME SAILING COURSES
7 February – 28 March
Times: Tackers 1, 2 & 3 | 09:00am – 12:00pm
Costs: Members* $400 | Visitors $500
*Participant is a RPAYC Member*Active Kids Applicable
Term Time 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.
There are 8 lessons on Sunday mornings 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.
12 – 15 January | 19 – 22 January
Time: Tackers Levels 1-2-3 – 09:00am – 3:30pm
Costs: Member* $400 | Visitor $500
Ice Creams with Awards presentation on the final day after class where you can talk to Instructors and learn more about sailing at the Club.
Looking for a fun activity for your child to spend their time throughout the school holidays?
Joining a Tackers holiday camp is the perfect way to spend time with new friends and exploring our sailing background! Tackers camps are 4 days, with 3 days of sailing in the Tackers training boats followed by a sailing adventure to an island on the final day!
Book your child into a Holiday Camp group level based on their current Tackers level (1, 2 or 3).
Active Kids Vouchers
The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the new Active Kids program and Australian Sailing is an approved provider. From 31 January 2018, 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
What Class 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!
Tackers 1 | Having Fun
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.
Tackers 2 | Tricks & Techniques
Tackers 3 | Sailing Fast
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are enrolling your child for the first time, 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 Tackers camp during the school holidays does not necessarily mean your child is ready to move up to the next stage.
No, one of the great things about Tackers 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 minimumm 25m unassited. Lifejackets are provided to all participants and must be worn at all times. Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to the Tackers Centre Leader or the Tackers Instructor if they have any concerns.
The Tackers program is only delivered in a boat called an Opti. This boat was specifically designed for the program and is an ideal introduction to dinghy sailing. The boats allow two kids to sail together and as they gain confidence and move up from Tackers 1 to Tackers 2 they are able to sail the boat alone. The boats have built-in buoyancy which means they provide extra stability
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 Tackers:
- Clothes & Shoes – wear ones you don’t mind getting wet and will keep you warm on cold days.
- A change of clothes and shoes.
- Drink bottle, lunch and snacks.
- Hat – to keep you warm and protect you from the sun.
- …and loads of energy!
There are three levels to the Tackers program which kids can progress through. When they finish Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast! they can progress to a program at a sailing club called Green Fleet. This is a program that introduces kids to fun racing. To find out more about what happens after Tackers contact the Tackers Leader at your local centre