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What is the Youth Sailing Program?
The Youth Sailing Program is for students 8 to 18 years old. The goal is to become a confident sailor on small one and two-person boats. Instructors are U.S. Sailing certified. Students will be split into small groups of 2 to 5 per instructor and class size is limited . Beginning students sail in the Harbor. Older advanced students may go on Lake Michigan.
What About Safety?
- All students and “Coaches” will be required to wear a life-jacket (PFD). It is recommended that you bring your own personal life-jacket. This insures your size and fit.
- Life-jackets will be made available to those who wish to wait to make such a personal investment.
- We do not require that students know how to swim. However, it is entirely possible that your student will end up in the water, so he/she should be comfortable in deep water wearing a life-jacket.
- It is cool on the water so please bring a jacket or sweatshirt. Also, soft-soled shoes (white soles) are required.
- If there is no lightning we will sail – bring a rain jacket!
- Sailing is a fun sport, but it can be dangerous if sailors behave recklessly. Disregard for sailing instructor’s instructions and reckless behavior will absolutely not be tolerated. Students will be taken out of the water and will not be allowed to return. Refunds will not be given to families whose students are removed for reckless behavior.
Which boats do kids learn to sail?
- Optimist pram (beginner)
- Open Bic
- Butterfly scow
- 420s and Flying J’s interscholastic standards
- Buccaneer & windsurfer
- Keel-boats (expert)
Summer Youth Course Schedule