by Jon Jones, TCBYC Sail Training co-ordinator, 0408 472 187
Tin Can Bay Yacht club offers a four-day learn to sail course from Monday 9 – 12 January starting at 9am for registration.
The course fee is $200 and includes a learn to sail textbook, Australian Sailing personal injury insurance, junior club membership, use of club boats, life jackets etc. The instructors are Australian Sailing qualified (formally Yachting Queensland), have blue cards, and hold first aid certificates.
Initially the Status 19, trailer sailer(s) will be used for kids who may not have sailed before; as confidence is gained we will introduce more “hands on” techniques in the “Bugs”, single hand dinghy or “Vagabonds”, 2 crew sailing dinghies..
It is nice to see a few of the participants going solo by day four, that is when we see the smiling faces, “Did you see me, Mum?”
All participants of the holiday courses may like to take their sailing experience further through the summer sailing season, January to April on Saturday mornings.
For parents who may think the cost of these events beyond their budget see: http://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted/
For disadvantaged juniors to get into sports programs apply for $150 Get Started Vouchers, one per year.