All groups are coached by US Sailing certified instructors and assisted by camp counselors and junior counselors. All age groups sail each day and have swim time as well as camp crafts and games. Each day also includes lessons appropriate for each learning level. Campers are encouraged to participate in each level for multiple sessions within one season, or over a period of years.
Our youngest and smallest campers will take the helm for the first time in the Opti fleet, learning the basics of sailing safety and maneuvers in pairs on board their boats. Campers will learn basic boating safety, steering and control, capsize recovery, rigging and team work.
Beginning sailors ages 9 and up as well as Opti 1 graduates will increase their skill level at the helm of an Opti sailboat. Campers are encouraged to single-hand after mastering sailing in pairs. Campers will learn basic boating safety, steering and control, capsize recovery, rigging, team work and single-handed sailing.
Sailors ages 12 and up learn to sail on sporty lasers, which are used in Olympic sailing. Starting off in pairs to increase confidence and get practice with a friend on board, campers are encouraged to try single handing the boat by the end of the week. Laser campers spend most of their time on the water throughout the week with both morning and afternoon sailing sessions and a group raft-up.
The oldest and most advanced campers will set sail on the Vanguard 15, learning teamwork and sail trim with both a jib and main. Vanguard campers will participate in fleet races and other activities with the Laser fleet. Vanguard campers will also have the opportunity to try other boats available at Sail Camp.