Learn to Sail in Optimists for Kids 7 – 12 years!

The students progress through 3 stages in Tackers – levels 1, 2 & 3. These stages are separate courses. Tackers is for kids aged 7 – 12. The course descriptions follow as per below:

An introduction to sailing for children who’ve not completed a Tackers course before. The students learn the basics of sailing Optimists in a pair, learning boat handling skills, and the essential background sailing theory that will allow the students the freedom of sailing the small boats with guidance from the RQYS Instructors.

For those who’ve completed Tackers 1. Tackers 2 consolidates the experiences and knowledge gained in Tackers 1 and introduces skills and knowledge that will enable students to safely and competently sail a small boat in controlled conditions (light winds, enclosed waters) with limited guidance.

Introducing Tackers 2 graduates to competitive sailing. Tackers 3 builds on the skills and knowledge gained in the Tackers 1 & 2, and will enable the child to manoeuvre the boat efficiently in light to moderate conditions. The students learn more advanced boat handling skills, basic racing skills, and boat maintenance to prepare them for RQYS Green Fleet.

What to expect: A nationally renowned curriculum, started in Victoria, that introduces students to the concept of sailing. Each morning during the term will include a briefing on land and some theory, then implementation of that theory on the water (weather dependent). The holiday programs are the same, just running two sessions each day instead of one morning a week. Every Tackers program is twenty one hours of education, and most of the time is spent sailing.

Where to go: On the first day report to the Sailing Academy at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.  You will be directed each day where to drop off and pick up your child.  Please ensure you sign on and off for your child with the Sailing Academy.  

What to bring: Sun-safe clothes to get wet, closed in shoes to get wet (ie: no sandals or Crocs), sun-screen, water bottle, and a great attitude!  

Presentation: On the last day of the course we will hold a presentation, this will take place in 1445hrs in the school holiday programs.

Upcoming Dinghy Courses

Tackers 1

4th – 7th July, 2023 0900 – 1500hrs: Booked out

$365.00 for members / $400.00 for non-members

Tackers 2

4th – 7th July, 2023 0900 – 1500hrs: Booked out

$365.00 for members $400.00 for non-members


Tackers 3

4th – 7th July, 2023 0900 – 1500hrs: Register here

$365.00 for members / $400.00 for non-members


If these dates are booked out or don’t suit you, please register your interest on our waitlist HERE