What will my camper learn?
Sailing teaches critical thinking, builds confidence and encourages sportsmanship. Most important – it’s just plain fun! Certified instructors will be teaching the basics of sailing in small sailboats. They will teach part of the course on the water and part of the course on shore. They’ll talk about rigging the boat, finding the wind, basic boat handling and safety too. Course curriculum will be based on US Sailing Level 1 instruction.
What kind of boat will be used?
We’ll be using a Sunfish boat as our teaching platform. These are safe, sturdy and easy to sail. Perfect for kids!
What will each day be like?
Each camp day will start at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm at Hamilton Creek Marina Clubhouse. We will meet on the outside deck. Everyone should show up with sunscreen pre-applied and bring some extra too to reapply later in the day. The instructors will start things on shore with classroom learning about the core concepts of sailing. Each day will have 3-5 hours out on the water. Lunch break will be around noon and we will seek shade daily for this break. Each day the campers will rig and de-rig their boats and be actively involved in the cleanup and storage of boats.
What do I need to bring?
- CGA Class III Personal Flotation Device (Lifejacket that is a full vest)
- Sack lunch and water bottle
- Athletic swimwear, hat and closed-toe water shoes
- Change of Clothes
- SPF 30 sunscreen
- Signed participation waiver
And of course your smile!
Does my child need experience with sailing? What about swimming?
No your child does not need any sailing experience – this camp is for beginners. We will note that it is helpful to have some boating experience as a passenger and campers must be comfortable in and around water. Being a good swimmer is also very helpful. Campers will be required to wear life jackets at all times when on a boat, in the water and on the shoreline near the water.
Do you have to be a yacht club member or own a boat to attend camp?
No, sail camp is for all children ages 8-15. Percy Priest Yacht Club members get a discount off registration.