Learn to Sail – For Kids

Tackers Program

Tackers is an Australian Sailing program for 6 – 12 year olds to teach kids the basics of sailing in a safe and fun environment. Children do not require any previous sailing experience or Hillarys Yacht Club membership to participate. All equipment is provided (including life jackets) until they move up into the Optimist Green Fleet to begin club racing. All courses are delivered by Australian Sailing qualified instructors. Please see chart below for course pathway.

Upcoming Tackers Courses

Optimist Blue Fleet Training

Optimist Blue Fleet is a block of 5 x Saturday morning lessons from 09:00 – 12:00. The goal of the training group is to improve sailing skills and build confidence to a level where they can comfortably transition into the Optimist Green Fleet and Club race. The length of time spent in the Blue Fleet is up to the individual. Some kids progress after 5 weeks and some kids prefer to stay in this group for the summer season. The coach will work with each of the sailors and parents on their transition into the Green Fleet.  All equipment including boats is supplied by the Club.  
The Club recommends for sailors in the Blue Fleet is also complete Tackers 3.

Upcoming Blue Fleet Training Courses