Tackers

The Tackers program is the main accredited introductory kids sailing course recognised by Australian Sailing.   Tackers is aimed at kids aged 7 to 13 years and creates a fun and enjoyable environment for kids to learn how to sail. The whole program is broken into three levels, each level is an 18 hour program typically run over 6 weeks or as school holiday programs.

Tackers 1: Having Fun

This is a 18 hour program for 7-12 year olds which focuses on an introduction to fun sailing and confidence on the water.

Cost is $270

Next courses

MSC Tackers 1 Application – Term 1 from 10th or 17th Feb 2018 (CLICK for Application form)

– Saturdays Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 17 & 24. All sessions start 8:30 am.

Further sessions held in April to make up for any missed sessions

Tackers 2: Tricks and Techniques

This is an 18 hour program for 7-12 year olds which focuses on better sailing, tricks, techniques and sailing safely by themselves

Tackers 3: Sailing Fast

This is an 18 hour program for 8-13 year olds which focuses on beginner racing skills in readiness for club and green fleet racing


The Mordialloc Sailing Club supplies the plastic unsinkable Ozi Opti Tackers Boats, life (floatation) jackets,rescue boats, trained instructors and participation pack including a Certificate of Completion.

Parents are encouraged to stay and help, but this is not compulsory. The club has comfortable lounge areas and the cafe is open to serve coffees, refreshments and snacks. A snack is provided in each session, traditionally concluding with a sausage sizzle on the last day.

What to Bring

Trainees are required to bring appropriate clothing that will allow them to get wet and still remain warm in the wind (nylon and polyester type mixes are ok but avoid cotton or heavy wool). Suggested clothing includes a jumper plus a spray jacket, or alternatively a wetsuit. In addition you will require some footwear (old runners/sandshoes will suffice) plus sunglasses and a hat for protection from the sun. Trainees must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres.

Training Fees

A fee of $270 (Tackers 1) then $290 (Tackers 2 or 3) includes Tackers membership at Mordialloc Sailing club plus a Tackers Participation Pack.

These packs, provided by Australian Sailing, include a Zhik kit bag, a Zhik Long Sleeve Rashie (sailing/swimming shirt),  a cap and water bottle with the Tackers 1 course.

For further information contact Dale Collings on (03) 8707-0734 or 0415 595 754.

Tackers - Registration of Interest Form

Guardians Details

Guardians Name (required)

Work Phone (required)

Home Phone (required)

MobilePhone (required)

Your Email (required)

Address (required)

Are you or your Tacker a Member of a Sailing Club?:
Club Name:

Tackers Details

First Name (required)

Surname (required)

 Male Female

Date of Birth (required)

Previous Sail Training or Sailing experience?:

What do you want from the Tackers sail training: (tick as many as you wish)

 Learn Basic Sailing Skills

 To have lots of FUN

 Learn to Skipper a yacht

 To sail single handed

 To purchase my own yacht

 Learn Yacht Racing Skills

 To sail with other Tackers

 Learn Crewing Skill

 To sail with others

 To join a friendly sailing club

Only OziOpti yachts are used in the Yachting Victoria promoted Tackers courses (provided by MSC)

Does your Tacker have their own Opti yacht to use in Tackers:
 Yes No

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