Youth Learn to Sail Programs


Our Beginner Learn to Sail Programs run at Oxenford Watersports Centre on Oxenford Lake.
No Experience or Membership Required!
Safe, fun and family-friendly.
See our entry-level programs below.
For more information, please register an Expression of Interest


TACKERS (ages 7-12)

Tackers is a program aimed at getting more primary school-aged kids sailing at clubs and centres across the country. Everything about Tackers is centered on understanding how kids learn skills and have fun through sports. The boats used in the Tackers program are small and easy to handle, designed to be sailed by children under the age of 12.

Tackers is delivered at three levels:

Tackers 1 – Having Fun

Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques

Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast!

Each program consists of:

– 20 hours of tuition from qualified Australian Sailing Instructors

– Combination of on-the-water and off-the-water games

– Certificate of achievement at the end of the course

If this is the first sailing experience for the Kids, then we would recommend trying our Come & Try Sailing Sessions before committing to this course. Our Instructors are able to provide you with feedback relating to the best starting plan for your child.



Out There Sailing! (ages 12-17)

Out There Sailing is an opportunity for 12 – 17-year-olds looking to try something new on the water, the Out There Sailing program offers a fantastic way to experience sailing, have fun, make new friends and learn exciting and valuable skills that will help you both now and in the future. Out There Sailing is open to all – you don’t have to have sailed before. In most cases, you will be on the water from day one as part of a group with an instructor close at hand. What you will learn to control: RS Quest Dinghy, Laser Dinghy, Hobie Wave Catamaran, Techno Windsurf, Stand Up Paddle Boards, Keelboats and Powerboats.

July 13th, 20th, 27th, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th(7 Sessions)

Morning Session               Saturdays, 8:30am – 11:30am
Afternoon Session           Saturdays, 12pm – 3pm

Cost: $340 per child



Get the kids out of the house and on the water these school holidays!

We run School Holiday Sailing for youth aged 7-17 every school holidays.
Follow the link below for more details, dates and registration. CLICK HERE


Youth Squads are made up of youth aged 7-17 who have recently completed a learn to sail program or are competent sailors and are ready for more advanced coaching, training and racing.
Youth Squads run out of Hollywell Sailing Squadron On Thursday Afternoons, Saturday and Sunday Mornings.

Junior Fleet (ages 7-14) (Kids Social)
Out There Fleet (ages 12-17) (Teens Social)
Youth Sailing Team (ages 7-17) (Youth Intermediate)
Youth Race Team (ages 7-17) (Youth Open)

If you believe your child should be in Squad please contact the Sailing Academy Coordinator below to book an assessment

SYC Sailing Academy Coordinator
P: (07) 5655 3368


If the above course dates don’t necessarily fit in with your schedule we can certainly tailor-make a course around your availability with private lessons either during the week or on weekends. Private lessons are also great for sailors who would like someone on one coaching in their own boats with their own crews, or for families combining juniors and adults on the same boat. Fees are based on an hourly rate, and we have a number of Yachting Australia Accredited Sailing Instructors to choose from, including past World Champions and our High-Performance Racing team. All enquiries please call the sailing office on 55377 030 or email  


Private Lessons using our club boats are conducted at:
SYC Oxenford Watersports Centre

33 Watersport Ln, Oxenford QLD 4210

Boats include: Optimist Dinghy, RS Quest Dinghy, Hobie Wave Catamaran, ILCA Dinghy


Private Lessons using your personal boat are conducted at:
SYC Hollywell Sailing Squadron

1 Marina Cres, Hollywell QLD 4216


If your school is interested in sailing with us we offer a range of programs and experiences to cater for your learning needs. Please contact the Sailing Academy Manager for more information:
P: (07) 5655 3368


We also run mid-week programs for various Home School groups.
Please contact the Sailing Academy Manager for more information:
P: (07) 5655 3368

For more information, please register an Expression of Interest

Terms and Conditions

BOOKING PROCEDURE: Payment in full is required to confirm your booking. All courses are subject to minimum and maximum enrolments in order to proceed and early bookings are strongly advised to avoid disappointment. In the event that a scheduled session is abandoned due to weather or other factors alternative sessions will be scheduled at no extra cost, “Catch up sessions” will not be available due to each course being specific to weather so cannot be offered.   REFUND POLICY: In the event that a client unilaterally withdraws from a booked course, we reserve the right to it hold all or part of any fees paid.  Alternatively a client may transfer their payment towards another course if we are able to fill their position on the course.  If less than 14 days notice is given of intention to withdraw we reserve the right to withhold the payed 50% Deposit. Please contact the Sailing Office to request a form or download the form from the website.   (Please Note: Prices were correct at the time of publishing but may change without notice.)