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Australian Sailing is thrilled to offer its Sporting Schools program to children across Australia.

Tackers is a learn to sail program that caters for children aged 7 - 12 and is delivered at recognised Tackers centres. There isn’t a court, a pitch or an oval, instead students can learn new skills through games and adventures to explore beaches, rivers or lakes

Tackers Sailing Program

There are two levels of Tackers sailing programs available, Tackers Intro and Tackers 1. Students don’t need to have any prior sailing experience and all equipment, including the boats, is provided.

Tackers Intro

Specifically designed for Sporting Schools, this program allows students to get a taste of the wonderful world of sailing. With shorter sessions to Tackers 1, students will get involved in a sailing treasure hunt, paddling race, wind awareness activities, plus they learn about water safety! Program includes:

  • 4 hrs coaching by qualified Australian Sailing instructors
  • Combination of on and off water games
  • Tackers Intro course certificate of completion for students

Tackers 1

Tackers 1 is the first step of the ‘learn to sail’ pathway which teaches students the foundations of sailing. Students develop leadership skills and independence as they progressively learn to manoeuvre their boats in pairs through the activities set out by their qualified instructors. The program includes:

  • 10 hours coaching by qualified Australian Sailing instructors (Sporting Schools funded)
  • Combination of on and off water games
  • Option to complete an additional 10 hours tuition delivered by qualified Australian Sailing instructors (at school or parent cost)
  • Nationally recognised Sporting Schools Tackers 1 certificate of completion for students
Tackers Sailing Program
By the end of the program, the children will: Tackers Intro Tackers 1
Have learned the basic sailing safety rules and procedures yesyes
Be able to launch and retrieve their own boat yesyes
Understand how the boat floats and what to do if water is taken on-board yesyes
Understand what the different roles are in the boat (skipper and crew) yesyes
Have participated in an array of sailing-based games yesyes
Understand the freedom and responsibility sailing provides yesyes
Have learned half of the tricks and techniques to sail using a fun and games based approach noyes
Have an in-depth understanding of the different parts of the boat noyes
Understand how wind affects the boat noyes
Understand the tide and weather conditions noyes
Be able to right their boat after a capsize noyes
Have learned the fundamentals to sail their boat under supervision with a partner noyes

Teachers and parents can find out more information on the Tackers website.

Tackers Sailing Program

All sailing equipment for the sailing session is provided, including boats and life-jackets.

To make sailing memorable for students, Sailing Packs may be purchased from clubs and include one of the following items per pack:

  • Sailing hat
  • Spandex sailing rashie
  • Drink bottle
  • Sailing gear bag

Teachers can deliver Sailing in the Sporting Schools program by meeting the requirements below.


To become a coach and deliver sailing in Sporting Schools please ensure you are working towards the following requirements:

Coaching Providers

Sporting organisations who wish to become a coaching provider for Australian Sailing and deliver in Sporting Schools must meet the requirements below:

  • Hold a valid ABN or declare ABN exempt
  • Confirm adequacy of insurance
  • Contact Australian Sailing to discuss becoming a Tackers deliverer in Sporting Schools.

NOTE: All coaches that operate under the coaching provider must meet individual Australian Sailing Dinghy Instructor requirements including the Tackers Induction.

Australian Sailing

Contact: Federico Guzzo
Phone: (02) 8424 7423

Have any questions about Sporting Schools?

Phone: 1300 785 707
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