Registrations Now Open for Summer 2020!

Not Your Typical Summer Camp!

Is your child ready to take the helm on a sailing adventure? Nashville Sail Camp offers US Level 1 Sailing instruction in week-long sessions.

Nashville Sail Camp is a learn-to-sail camp for for all levels of experience from beginner to advanced. Qualified instructors will teach boating safety, points of sail, boat parts, rigging and basic maneuvering. The camp offers a basic level of sailing, focusing on the fundamentals while having a great time on the water. Along with sailing, your child will learn valuable problem solving and creative thinking techniques. Campers spend their days on shore and on the water, and will come home with plenty of hands-on sailing experience!

Nashville Sail Camp is one of the summer camps offered by Leadership Academy

All together now!

Weeklong Day Camp – Harbor Island Yacht Club at Old Hickory Lake:

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Ages 7-17


Extended Care Available, 7:45 AM- 5:15 PM week/$50

2020 Dates:

  • June 1-5, 2020
  • June 8-12, 2020
  • June 15-19, 2020
  • June 22-26, 2020

Weeklong Day Camp at Percy Priest Lake:

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Ages 7-17


Extended Care Available, 7:45 AM- 5:15 PM week/$50

2020 Dates:

  • July 6-10, 2020
  • July 13-17, 2020
  • July 20-24, 2020
  • July 27-31, 2020
  • Aug 3-7, 2020

Cancellation policy

All fees are due upon registration. Cancellations for any reason prior to 30 days before the event are eligible for a refund less a $50 processing fee. Any cancellations after 30 days before the event are non-refundable. Cancellation requests must be in writing to

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.

Opti 1

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.

Opti 2

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.

What to bring every day:

  • CGA Class III Lifejacket
  • Sack lunch and water bottle
  • Athletic swimwear, hat and closed-toe water shoes
  • SPF 30 sunscreen – Campers should show up with sunscreen pre-applied and bring some extra too
  • Your smile and good attitude!

Open to all children ages 7-17

Campers must be comfortable in boats and have strong swimming skills

All campers are required to wear Lifejackets in and around the boats and water

Take the next step!

Teen Leadership Adventure @ Sail Camp

Have fun, make friends and learn leadership skills at camp! Teen Leadership Adventure @ Sail Camp for older campers encourages leadership through two unique and fun programs. Teen Leaders participate in sailing, skills development and leading younger campers in activities. Camp is a great way for the teen in your life to take the lead!

We Love Our Partners

Leadership Academy’s Nashville Sail Camp is a partnership with Nashville Sailing Foundation in affiliation with Harbor Island Yacht ClubPercy Priest Yacht Club, and Nashville Metro Parks.