Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12.

Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t have to be a member of a club to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided.

Kids play loads of games and go on adventures together to learn how to sail. There isn’t a court, a pitch or an oval like other sports, instead you have an island, beach and river to explore.


Tackers One – Having Fun

In the first course of Tackers 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, 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 Australia Sailing Instructors.


Tackers Two – Tricks and Techniques

Once kids are feeling confident, they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors. This series of classes builds on the fundamentals learnt in Tackers 1.


Tackers Three – 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.

Green Fleet

An extension from the Tackers Fleet, this will involve introductory racing and getting used to the concepts of sailing and racing in a group.

Fleet Race Training

For those who have completed a Tackers programme and sailors older than 12. They will learn the rules and tactics of fleet racing in our 2 up 'Pacer' dinghy's and be able to compete in regattas in particular inter schools regattas.

All sailors will be registered with Australian Sailing and covered under their personnel accident insurance scheme


What to bring: 

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


How the Training Programs work.

Tackers 1 : (12 places)    Holiday Camp, September 26th -29th, 10am to 3.30pm. Cost: $250


Tackers 1 : (10 places)    After school sailing, 8 sessions, Tuesdays 3.45pm-6pm. Cost:$200


Tackers 2 & 3 : (6 places)   For those who have completed Tackers 1 - on most Sunday mornings through the school terms, August 2017 to April 2018, 9.30am-12pm.     Special introductory offer - Cost:$250

At the end of the Tackers 3 course, sailors will become Introductory Maroochy Sailing Club members and be invited to sail with the Green Fleet for the remainder of the sailing season April/May 2018.


Fleet Race Training : (6-8 places)    After school sailing, 8 sessions, Tuesdays 3.45pm-6pm. Cost: $200 per person per term.


All instructors are Australian Sailing certified and hold Blue Cards and First Aid certificates. They are supported by Australian Sailing certified Assistant Instructors who have sailed in State and National events.

For more information contact Graeme