Power Boat Handling Course

powerboat photoDo you want to learn to drive a small Powerboat?
Would you like to man a rescue boat to support your Club?
This Program will provide you with the necessary skills for the safe use of small Powerboats, including the equipment to be carried, knowledge of seamanship, navigation and weather.

We will be running a course in July or August.  To register your interest please email the Club Manager at manager@elwoodsc.com

Start Sailing – Adult & Teenage

Dinghy Program

“Learn to Sail  a Dinghy “

Sailing a dinghy can be fun and exhilarating and this program has been developed to provide a safe introduction to dinghy sailing. If you would like to learn to sail, this is the place to start.
The Program Sailing a Dinghy It is designed to teach participants how to sail, starting with the essential skill. More advanced skills and techniques are gradually introduced as students progress through the syllabus, so that by the end they will be ready to sail your own dinghy on your own voyage of discovery. While it is not essential to start at the beginning, it will be harder to master the more advanced skills if students are not familiar with the basics.

Start Sailing – Dinghy 1 & 2 is intended to provide an introduction to sailing for people who have not previously sailed or need a refresher course. It is open to teenagers 13 years and older and adults providing the training they need to become competent sailors with the aim of progressing to competitive club sailing.

Course Syllabus:

Equipment overview and selection, sailing terminology, rigging the boat, boat launch and recovery, capsize recovery, sail triangular course, basic sailing rules and theory 

Start Sailing – Dinghy 2:

Your Discover Sailing journey continues as you master all of the fundamental dinghy sailing skills. You are now equipped to sail your dinghy on your own voyages of discovery

 

Venue

The courses will be held at Elwood Sailing Club, Foreshore, Elwood, off Ormond Esplanade. (Melways ref 67B4). A Council-controlled car park is adjacent and meter fees are payable (please bring plenty of coins).

What to Wear

Weather conditions may vary from cold to hot, so students should therefore bring:
Bathers, Towel & Wetsuit (if available) or Thermal underclothes
Shorts (also good over wetsuit for protection)
Polyester or lycra shirts and tops recommended (not cotton)
Windcheater jacket
Old sneakers / wetsuit boots
Sun hat / sunglasses / sunscreen

Costs

Total cost is $395 for a 5 week course with a free make up day if any time is missed.

Members and family of members will receive a 33% discount please email manager@elwoodsc.com to arrange discount.

Further Information

Bookings and enquiries may be made to the ESC Training Manager on
03 9531 4743 or via email to training@elwoodsc.com

Tackers – Info for parents

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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 Elwood Sailing Club to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided.

The Tackers Program is delivered in small groups by a Yachting Australia qualified Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

There are three levels that kids can progress through:
Tackers 1 – Having Fun
Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques
Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast!

Tackers PathwayIn Tackers 1 – Having Fun – 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.

Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques – If kids are confident, they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

The final level is Tackers 3 – 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, all whilst still under the guidance and supervision of the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

Each level involves 20 hours of participation structured as a 5 day holiday program or as a series of sessions during term either on a Saturday or Sunday.

Kids receive a Tackers kit at the start of every level and a certificate of achievement at the end.

TACKERS LEVEL 1            TACKERS LEVEL 2              TACKERS LEVEL 3            

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Who should I contact to find out more?

For any enquiries please contact the Elwood Sailing Club Tackers Leader on 03 9531 4743 or email training@elwoodsc.com

How can parents/guardians be involved?

Tackers programs are fully supervised by Yachting Australia qualified Instructors and Assistant Instructor employed by the club. They oversee the session planning, delivery, and make sure the kids have fun and develop their skills and confidence in a safe environment.

We also like parents and guardians to be involved in Tackers. No knowledge of sailing is required, but there are many non-instructing roles that parents and guardians are requested to assist with:

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  • Standing in the shallows to assist the kids with launching and retrieving their boats.
  • Going on rescue boats to assist the instructors.
  • Going to the local shops to buy fruit, bread and sausages (paid for by the club).
  • Cutting up fruit for the kids.
  • Cooking the sausages on the BBQ.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to be a member of a club to participate in Tackers?

No, one of the great things about Tackers is you don’t have to be a member of Elwood Sailing Club to participate. In fact, kids receive an honorary club membership during their participation in the program.

Do kids need to be able to swim to participate in Tackers?

Some ability to swim would be preferable, however they will be wearing lifejackets at all times. Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to the Tackers Club Leader or the Tackers Instructor if they have any concerns.

What type of boats will the kids be sailing?

The Tackers program is only delivered in a boat called an OziOpti. This boat was specifically designed for the program and is an ideal introduction to dinghy sailing. The boats allow two kids to sail together and as they gain confidence and move up from Tackers 1 to Tackers 2 they are able to sail the boat alone. The boats have built-in buoyancy which means they provide extra stability.

Are the kids out sailing on their own?

When kids start sailing in Tackers 1 they will be sailing in pairs. There are usually 6 boats in a group and there will be an Instructor and an Assistant Instructor in a safety boat supervising the group. The safety boat stays on the water all the time the kids are sailing.

Do the kids need any special clothing to participate in Tackers?

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We recommend kids wear clothes and shoes that they don’t mind getting wet and bring a towel and a change of clothes with them. Click here to download the Tackers Checklist of What to Bring.

What can kids do when they finish Tackers?

There are three levels to the Tackers program which kids can progress through. When they finish Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast! they can progress to a program at the club called Green Fleet. This is a program that introduces kids to fun racing.

How much does it cost?

Tackers courses are $320 per student.

Can I learn to sail as well?

Of course! Click here to find out about our Adult learn to sail courses

TACKERS COURSES

Tackers 1

Next courses will be in term 4 2015

Tackers 2

Next courses will be in term 4 2015

Tackers 3

Next courses will be in term 4 2015

Further Information
For further enquiries please email training@elwoodsc.com

 

Tackers – Kids learn to sail

Tackers640KidsBoatsFun640Tackers is a great sailing program for kids aged 7 to 12 – It’s fun, safe and affordable!

INFO FOR PARENTS

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 Elwood Sailing Club to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided.

INFO FOR KIDS

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 a beach and bay explore. Click here to find out all the fun you could have doing Tackers.

TACKERS COURSES

Tackers is aimed at providing kids aged 7-12 with a fun, safe, and affordable way to get into sailing.

Tackers 1 

Having Fun –  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. Tackers 1 introduces children to the basics of sailing through games on and off the water.

Tackers 2 

Tricks & Techniques – If kids are confident, they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

Tackers 3

Sailing Fast –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, all whilst still under the guidance and supervision of the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

 

Venue

The courses will be held at Elwood Sailing Club, Foreshore, Elwood, off Ormond Esplanade. (Melways ref 67B4). A Council-controlled car park is adjacent and meter fees are payable (please bring plenty of coins).

Costs

Each Tackers course cots $320 per child for a 20 hour course with a free make up day if any time is missed.

Members and family of members will receive a 33% discount please email manager@elwoodsc.com to arrange discount.

Further Information

For further enquiries please email training@elwoodsc.com

Tackers – Info for kids

8367383672Tackers is all about having a great time with other kids, playing loads of games and going on adventures while learning how to sail together. There isn’t a court, a pitch or an oval like other sports, instead you have a beach and the bay to explore.

Tackers Instructors are there to teach you how to sail and make sure you are having loads of fun!

When you start sailing in Tackers you will be with a group of kids and get the chance to sail with someone else in the boat so you can learn and have fun together.

After you have finished the Tackers Program, you get a Tackers kit bag filled with lots of goodies and a Certificate of Achievement to remind you of your great day!

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YOUR TACKERS CHECKLIST

Here is what you need to  bring with you every time you go sailing with Tackers

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Further Information
For further enquiries please email training@elwoodsc.com or call Elwood SC Training on 03 9531 4743.

Sunday morning practice sessions

Adult training

 

10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March, 17th March & 24th March 9:30 – 11:30am; Open to all Junior or Adult sailing members, these sessions are aimed at people who have completed the Start Sailing –Dinghy course or are at a higher level of sailing and who want to practice their sailing with rescue boats on the water and a coach to provide tips. The sessions are casual with no enrollment required and are free with your own boat or $10 if you wish to use a club training boat. Continue reading

Elwood Sailing Club partners with Elwood Primary School

Elwood Sailing Club is proud to partner with Elwood Primary School to offer free learn to sail courses to grade 3/4 students. Sailing is a sport that fosters independence and self reliance while having fun on the water.

To go in the draw for the free courses, students need to contact their teacher.  Who knows? Maybe these kids will be competing for Australia in the 2020 Olympics just like all the great sailors!