Sail Training School - Tackers - Competition - NDIS

This is an exciting "Short Course" venue for off-the-beach (OTB) dinghy and multihull boats with viewing all around the lake for great media coverage. One loop of the Bermuda Triangle Marathon is 5 Klms.

We rarely see a power boat, jelly fish, sandbank or tide.

Welcome to Varsity Lakes (Lake Orr) central Gold Coast near Robina at the Community Sport House

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Family Sailing School - Held on Saturdays from 9.30-11.30 am. Single person boat $25. Larger boat $35 plus $5 per extra person for temporary Club Membership (Eg: $40 for two person) 1Hr session with FREE basic Sail Training Lessons included.                      

Australian Sailing - We are an approved Tackers & Discover Sailing Centre which gives us the opportunity to provide recognised Sail Training Courses and also links us to local School Students via Sporting Schools. The junior sailors are called "Tackers" and their pathway leads to the Australia Sailing Youth development squad, world competition, instructing, and officiating careers. These initiatives also enhance our existing "Adventure Tourism" programs for BOND University, and attract more Students, Officials, and Volunteers from the local Community. We provide both able bodied and disabled persons with access to State Team competition and Elite High Performance Training up to Paralympic and Special Olympic Standard in an inclusive friendly Club atmosphere.

Success - Our successes include Gold Medals at the last three Special Olympics World Summer Games competitions in Shanghai 2007, Athens 2011, and LA2015, and we hosted the HANSA Nationals over Easter 2016 at Sportshouse winning the State Teams Trophy for Queensland. Our Team is now Training for the next Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Race Practice - Saturdays from 1 pm. Book a Club Boat or bring your own. Various courses, Olympic Triangles, through to Bermuda Triangle Marathon.

Learning Pathways - We offer continuous learning pathways from Recreational Sailing (after-school and on Saturdays) to World Race Competition. Our community based Charity also assists Sailors with a Disability with private individual and group bookings throughout the week.

Staff and Venue - Australian Sailing Dinghy and Tackers Instructors, Race Officials, Special Olympics Coaches, Disability Support Workers, plus (4) Coaches with World Games experience. and wonderful Volunteers. Central Gold Coast, Rigging Lawn - Sandy Beach - Boat Ramp - Gazebo - Pontoon

Approvals - Tackers & Discover Sailing Centre (Austrailian Sailing), NDIS Registered Provider 4050005560, Centerlink 9351, Job Active 68708902. 


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Donations - We acknowledge these by way of advertising logos on new set of sails, adopt a boat, or with advertising on our website and flyers.
Registered Charity & Not for Profit - ABN 83880159147 - Sailing Volunteers always needed.
Our Programs - To the best of our knowledge our "Disability Sail Training and Special Olympics Programs" have produced the most "Solo Sailors" of any similar program in the World and are now able to offer Paralympic Sail Training. We are a Not-for-Profit registered Charity assisting Sailors with a Disability, Persons out of work, and Volunteers by providing suitable boats and equipment, Club and Disability work experience, inclusive FREE sail training, and competition at international level. Special School Students are shown a life pathway to continue sailing as a career after graduation and our specialist Volunteer Coaches sail as buddies and mentors with the Disabled as required. The Club also provides basic Sail Training and Disability support work experience for Volunteers.
Results - We produced the largest State Sailing Team at the Special Olympics Nationals in Melbourne 2014, and had the largest State representation at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in LA2015 (The largest sporting event in the World in 2015). Our Volunteers include the Australian Teams Head Coach who trained Nine Sailors to win 4 Gold Medals and 5 Silver Medals. However its not all about winning medals, we want sailors of all abilities to enjoy their chosen sport from Recreational Sailing to advanced Competition and this is why we offer Pathways of Learning for both Sailors and Volunteers. We never give up, miracles do happen.     
Enjoy - a large rigging lawn, gazebo, boat ramp, sandy beach, pontoon, sheltered sail training area in front of the Clubhouse adjoining the expansive Lake Orr International Olympic and Bermuda Triangle clover-leaf "Marathon" 5Klm race course. (Average Water Depth 3-5Mtrs)  After School, Corporate, and Disability Groups
Venue - this Gold Medal winning venue is centrally located on the Gold Coast (near Robina) at the "Community Sports House" 337 Christine Ave, Varsity Lakes, 4227, adjoining Aldi Shops (Drop & Shop), almost opposite Varsity College, bus at door, near Christine Corner shops (Medical centre) and Robina Central Shopping.
Registered Training Organisation  Sailing Australia "Discover Sailing Centre" with accredited Club Coach and Instructors, home of the Special Olympics World Games Australian Sailing Team, Sailors with a Disability and their Volunteer Coaches, BOND University SONY Camp & Adventure Tourism Groups, Varsity College SEP and Duke of Edinburgh Award, HANSA (Access) State and National Championships. We can also provide Outdoor Recreation Sailing Experiences for CERT 3 & 4 Training & Assessment practical components.
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Home of Special Olympics Queensland "World Games Sailing Team"

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