School Holiday Programs September 2024

Week 1
23 – 27 September
Week 2
30 Sept – 4 Oct

Morning Sessions 9 – 12

Tackers (5 – 11yrs) $350pp

Tackers is a fun introductory, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 5-12 years-old. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience or club membership to participate.

Little Tackers(LT)
Fun & Games in the shallows for 5-6 year-olds.
Tackers Intro
Short 1 day introduction to the Tackers program for 7-12 year-olds.
Tackers 1 (T1)
Having Fun Learn the basics of sailing, for 7-12 year-olds.
Tackers 2 (T2)
Tricks & Techniques Learn tricks and techniques of sailing, for 7-12 year-olds.
Tackers 3 (T3)
Sailing Fast! Learn more advanced sailing skills, for 7-12 year-olds.

OutThere Sailing (OTS) 12-18 yrs – $350pp

OutThere Sailing is a program that has been specifically designed for teenagers from 12 to 17 years old. OutThere Sailing is perfect for teens who want to try sailing in a non-competitive, social and fun setting (leave your homework onshore)!

OutThere Sailing Experience
This course is all about having fun and getting a taste for on water activities.
OutThere Sailing 1
This course introduces participants to sailing and its introductory skills with a focus on having fun with friends.
OutThere Sailing 2
This course leverages the same social philosophy and further develops sailing skills acquired from the lower level course.
OutThere Sailing 3
This course enables participants to build their confidence and refine their skills to sail autonomously or with friends.

Afternoon Sessions 1 – 4 Advanced Sailing

To join the afternoon Squads you will need to be a current Youth member ($112pa) and pay a boat hire fee of $350 pa(waived if you are using your own boat) plus have the required prerequisites

Junior Race Squad (JRS) 7 – 12

JRS Fleet is designed to facilitate ongoing learning and provide a more individualised progression pathway. Without the restrictions of tight curriculums and timelines, this group is designed to foster sailors into club racing up to a state or nationally recognised “intermediate” level. Sailors do not pass or fail this course but rather continue to get support tailored to the demands of racing.

Youth Racing Squad (YRS) 12-18 yrs

The Youth Racing squad is aimed at sailors who have worked their way through the OutThere Program or who have completed both Youth Challenge and Youth Skills. As the name suggests, it is focused around racing and integrates the Sunday afternoon OTB club racing into its training structure.

29er’s 12 – 18 yrs

Spearheaded by some of the best 29er coaches in the country, our squad is lucky enough to be able to make use of one of the club 29ers before having to commit to purchasing their own.

Have a go at sailing with different people and find your best match before diving in and getting ready to race


Yes, a PFD type 1 or 2 lifejacket must be worn at all times on the water. The club has supply of life jackets but sailors are encouraged to purchase their own for comfort and guarantee of a good fit.

Children will be splashing in and out of dinghies all the time. Inevitably, they will get wet. Their clothes should be selected with this in mind. They should wear clothing that will remain warm when wet. A wetsuit or similar is recommended. If in doubt, assume you’re going to get wet, that way if you don’t, its a win!

Enclosed footwear should be worn at all times for safety reasons. Examples include wetsuit boots, sandshoes or surf socks.

Hat and sunscreen are also required. The hat should be attached to the rest of the clothing by a lanyard (sailor talk for a bit of string) to avoid getting lost. Parents should supervise the application of sunscreen to their children. UV reflects off the water, increasing UV exposure.

After sailing, children will require a change of clothes. A small bag with the change and a towel is useful. If children are cold and wet, showers are available.