Royal Yacht Club of Victoria is the perfect for families and children in particular to learn to sail. The club has embraced Tackers, a program aimed at giving every junior Australian the opportunity to go sailing in a professional, safe and fun environment.

Tackers is an entry-level sailing program for primary school aged children. Designed around kids, for kids, the Tackers program seeks to provide a vibrant new approach to sail training that recognises that the learning styles of children differs from those of adults.

The program is based around some core values that inform everything that is delivered and communicated about the program. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t need to have their own boat. All the equipment, including life jackets and boats is provided. They don’t even need to be a member of the club to participate, though of course we would be delighted if ultimately they decided to join up.

To enrol in a course you can fill out and submit an enrolment form to the RYCV office or click the links online to enrol over the internet.


  • Kids Centric
  • Non-competitive, fun and social
  • Delivered by professional, young, instructors
  • Program consistent across locations
  • Branded modern presentations
  • Target kids outside of existing yacht club membership
  • Value for money relative to programs in other sports
  • Graduate pathway over several steps and seasons

Tackers Pathway

The club offers all three levels of Tackers, either as an eight-week course run on the same day each weekend or as five consecutive morning or afternoon sessions run on Monday to Friday over the school holidays. For
 those unsure if their child will take like a duck to water, there is the chance to experience a two-and-a-half-hour introductory course before committing to signing up for the full program. 

Tackers Intro

A taster to see if Tackers is right for you.


Tackers 1 (Fun & Confidence)

Tackers 1 is the first step, and will provide the student, after 20 hours group tuition, with a basic degree of comfort to sail a small boat in company with another, in light to medium wind conditions.


Tackers 2 (Tricks & Techniques)

Tackers 2 moves on from Tackers 1 teaching the student better sailing, tricks, techniques and sailing safely by themselves.


Tackers 3 (Go Fast)

Tackers 3 moves on from Tackers 2, teaching the student beginner racing skills in readiness for club and green fleet Opti racing.


Each level involves 20 hours tuition from qualified Australian Sailing (formerly Yachting Australia) Instructors and Assistant Instructors. There is a combination of on-the-water and off-the water games to ensure every participant enjoys their experience. A Tackers kit and a certificate will be awarded at the end of each level of the program.

Tackers 1 (Fun & Confidence)

Light Blue Tackers T Shirt

Tackers Cap

Tackers Drink Bottle

Tackers 2 (Tricks & Techniques)

Green Tackers T Shirt

Tackers Dry Bag

Tackers 3 (Go Fast)

Black Tackers T Shirt

Sailing Gloves

For those youngsters who show real potential, Royals offers the opportunity to join fleet racing with the Optimist and International Cadet dinghies being the popular choices for junior racing and a Fast Track coaching program aimed at accelerating development of their racing performance.

Contact our Sail Training Development Manager, Ian Fox at on (03) 9397 1277 or at for dates, further information and to enrol. Ian may also be contacted by mobile on 0413 615 874. You can also follow RYCV on Facebook for updates, photos and videos of our Tackers program.