VIODA Membership

JOIN VIODA - Winner of the 2016 & 2018 Coaching Program of the Year

The membership year operates from October 1 to September 30. Membership is now open for the 2023/24 season.  Fees for the current season are:
$85 per member (inclusive of first child/sailor)
$55 for each additional sibling added to the membership.

To renew your membership or join as a new member CLICK HERE

The Victorian International Optimist Dinghy Association (VIODA) is the premier coaching program in Victoria.  The International Optimist (Opti) is the largest one design class in Victoria, Australia and Internationally.  The Opti provides a great fleet of friends, coaches, clubs and options to have fun in boats.

VIODA is a parent volunteer committee that assists in collaboration between sailors, coaches, clubs, suppliers and regulatory bodies.  VIODA offers a structure to ensure such a big fleet can work together, help each other and enjoy the start of a lifetime of sailing.  As we are such a big fleet we benefit from a big bunch of sailing friends to meet and we have the economies of scale to offer many opportunities to a junior sailor.

Membership of VIODA offers a range of benefits. These include:

  • Access to regular updates from VIODA addressing forthcoming events, tips and hints to improve skills, and regatta reviews
  • Preparation and provision of specialist coaching and training materials to your club
  • Eligibilty to participate in VIODA led Optimist training programs
  • Eligibility to compete in Opti State Championships and Opti National Championships           

Membership fees are applied to assist in funding the following:

  • Develop Optimist training programs for the benefit of all Victorian Opti sailors
  • Deliver training program materials to clubs and provide assistance to club coaches in evolving their Opti programs
  • Subsidise additional coaches and on water support for selected major regattas where such coaching or support may not be provided by a member’s club
  • Meeting costs associated with conducting of the State Championships including the provision of trophies and prizes
  • Meeting surplus costs associated with other special events such as the Annual Girls weekend & Development Camps
  • Administer the affairs of the Association including compliance fees, insurance, website maintenance and other administrative costs

Please note: VIODA aims to bolster funds through securing sponsorship. Our aim is to maintain reserves sufficient to aid in the ongoing development of the class in Victoria.

Much of the hard work undertaken to create the opportunities provided by VIODA is performed by a hard working committee who generously donate their time. The VIODA AGM is held in March at the Victorian State Championships.

Most communication to VIODA members is via WhatsApp, you can request to join the WhatsApp Community by following this link:

WhatsApp VIODA Community

Once inside the Community, you will be able to see and request to join specific VIODA Groups