Buoyed Up with Tackers

‘Buoyed Up with Tackers’ is an initiative which assists vulnerable, at-risk children aged 7-12 years to participate in the Tackers Junior Sailing program as a way to build confidence, self-esteem and engage in an active lifestyle.

The program provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds with a unique fun-based opportunity that will enhance their general life skills and capabilities. Children participate in all three levels of the Tackers program, either during the school day or over several years. Providing the complete Tackers Pathway is important in developing skills and allowing participants to transition into club membership and ongoing participation. The program eventually aims to train the participants as Assistant Instructors and Instructors, offering a vocational pathway or part-time employment, as well as an avenue to give back to the club.

Starting in the ACT in 2012, local community group ‘Communities@Work’ has been working with Canberra Yacht Club, Australian Sailing and the Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation to establish a model for the development of the program, which can only be delivered at Accredited Tackers Centres.

Click on the following links for further information about Buoyed Up:


Overview of Buoyed Up
Buoyed Up info for Clubs
Buoyed Up info for Sponsors


University of Canberra - Evaluation of the Buoyed up with Tackers Program - from the Water to the Classroom

For more information about ‘Buoyed Up with Tackers’ contact Matthew Owen, CEO Canberra Yacht Club at

For more information about the Tackers program click here