MORE than 500 children have taken part in the highly successful Tackers program at the Boatshed since its inception last year.
Primary school aged children have embraced the idea of learning to sail in a safe environment with the emphasis on fun.
So far a total of 543 children have learned to sail through the Tackers program. Of that, 123 children have completed the Little Tackers short introduction course, 257 have enjoyed the Tackers 1 program and 65 have taken part in the Tackers 2 program.
Boatshed manager Rod Austin said the children were extremely proud of their achievements in being able to sail without being afraid.
``The children really enjoy the freedom to be away from mum and dad, doing their own thing with fun instructors,'' Mr Austin said.
``The best thing is having fun on water with their friends in a very safe environment, doing something special that you cannot do at home. The kids love getting wet, the thought of capsizing, playing water games, learning tricks, laughing and mucking around with new friends.''
Little Tackers provides an introductory sailing experience, focussed on fun and safety. It runs for approximately 3 hours,
The Tackers 1,2,3 program - is the main introductory sailing course recognised by Yachting Australia. Completing the Tackers program will mean students can sail safely by themselves. They can move from this introduction to fun sailing to fun sailing at clubs before joining in club racing.
The Boatshed supplies the boats, life jackets and instructors. Parents are also invited to stay and help if they wish.
Places are available in programs running during the next school holidays. For more information please contact Rod Austin on 9686 2571.