About Buoyed Up

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, Communities@Work, the Canberra Yacht Club, Yachting Australia and the Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation established a model for the development of the program, which has delivered these life skill building programs to over 1,000 of Canberra’s young  children.

The Australian Sports Foundation supports the CYC’s Buoyed Up with tax deductability for your donation – please click here to find out more.

Please click on the following links for video information about Buoyed Up:

Video - Overview of Buoyed Up - Click/Tap Here

Video - Buoyed Up info for Clubs - Click/Tap Here

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


Buoyed Up is generously supported by the KENYON FOUNDATION
Getting disadvantaged kids into sailing.