16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


School Holiday Program FAQs

What is involved in the School Holiday Program?

The School Holiday Program is designed to build kids confidence and knowledge of the sport of sailing in a safe and fun environment.  The days are split into two sessions (morning and afternoon) with lunch in the middle.  The group is also divided into two, with the younger kids (under 12) doing a Tackers course and the older kids doing our Hobie Adventure Program.  

The last day of the Program, all sailors join in as a big group and sail up to a “secret location”, one of the many beaches along Pittwater for a day of fun and mucking around.

On the last day of the program, parents and guardians are invited to the a BBQ / Presentation at the Club from 3 – 3.30pm. 

What prerequisites are necessary before my child can participate?

Tackers 1 Course - no prior sailing experience is necessary.

Tackers 2 Course - your child must have graduates Tackers 1 (it is possible to do both courses over 1 school holiday)

Hobie Adventure Programno prior sailing experience is necessary.


The only other necessary prerequisite is that each child must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres. This not only helps for the safety of the children but it usually proves the water confidence of the children.  

What type of boats are used?

Tackers runs in  the RPAYC owned Tackers boats, specially designed for young beginners. They are simple, robust, colourful, and most importantly inspire confidence.

The Hobie Adventure Program utilises Hobie Waves. These are plastic multihull boats that sailors can enjoy with their friends, whilst also being simple and confidence inspiring.


What is the duration of the course?

The Course runs over four days during the School Holiday Period.  Each day runs from 9am to 3.30pm. 

My Child can only make 3 days, can I get a discount?

Unfortnuatley, discounts are not provided.


My Child will miss one day, does this matter?

Ideally, it is best if the children attend every day of the camp.  However, unforeseen events and unavoidable commitments make this impossible, therefore missing a day is usually not a big deal as long as the Head Coach or the Sail Training Administrator are aware.  However, the first day of the Program is crucial to kids who have not had any previous sailing experience.  This is due to the instructors covering the basics of sailing and safety.  Children who miss day 1 may become overwhelmed and underconfident as the other kids have a head start.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

Refunds will only be provided to cancellations made 2 weeks prior to the first day of the course. Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the course will result in loss of 50% of the course fees. Cancelations made within 24 hours of the course start or after the course has started will results in the loss of course fees. 


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 specialize 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 fully qualified instructors follow and use to base their decisions upon.

When on the water all participants must wear life vests (Australian Standards Approved) which RPAYC 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 YAchting Australia, 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 here.  If you have any issues with enrolment, please don’t hesitate to contact the Sailing Office.


What will my child need?

Each participant will need to bring:

·         A change of clothes

·         Sunscreen and Hat

·         Old shoes or rubber boots for sailing to stop cut or bruised feet

·         Water Bottle

·         Lunch

·         Towel

·         Wetsuit (if possible) or a warm jacket and spray jacket

·         Board shorts or swimmers

·         A plan ‘b’ in case you are late in picking them up at the end of the day

It is always best to over pack rather than under pack.  Bags will be left in the RPAYC Training Centre during the day. 


I don’t have a life Jacket / Can I bring my own Life Jacket?

RPAYC Provides Life Jackets to all participants.  These are Type 2 and Australian Standard Approved.  RPAYC has a large range of sizes in order to ensure that the child fits.  However, if you have your own lifejacket that fits, we recommend bringing this along.  An Insturctor will check if it is suitable before heading out on the water.


What is the next step after the School Holiday Program?

Paricipants are invited to return to the School Holiday Programs as many times as they like.  Another option is to join the weekend Tackers Program (7-12 Years).  This Program runs on Sundays and has 3 different levels.  Once a Participant 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 sailtraining@rpayc.com.au if you have any further questions.

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The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

Membership, including family membership is now available.

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