Youth Programs

Come join the fun! Our camps emphasize learning how to sail while building self-confidence and promoting good character.

This year’s sailing classes are offered on Deer Lake, with the exception of the first day of class when we meet at the HoneyMoon Bay Clubhouse. Classes are taught in an open-air class room setting and on the water. Each class lasts five days, Monday – Friday, from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. See this year’s schedule of classes.

Cost for the class is $175 per student. Children and grandchildren of South Whidbey Yacht Club members receive a $50 reduction. Classes are open to boys and girls ages 10 to 16. We accommodate participants with special needs as much as possible.

Parents are always welcome but are especially encouraged to attend the first day orientation and swim assessment, and of course, the awards ceremony on Friday at 2:00 pm.

Read additional information here.


Beginning Sailing

Each student will sail their own 8-ft pram called an El Toro. They learn to set up (rig) and take down their boats each day, insuring it is put away properly. There is a morning and an afternoon on-shore lesson lasting about 15 to 30 minutes followed by on-the-water time to implement and practice what they have learned. Lessons emphasize how to stay safe on the water, how the sails and controls work, with some sailing “lingo” and knot tying. The instructors join them on the water to provide further coaching. Games and fun activities on the water and ashore are designed to reinforce sailing techniques, while having fun.

Intermediate Sailing

Intermediate students hone their skills by sailing primarily in the much faster 13-ft Lasers. Some time is also spent on partner sailing in Lido 14s or 12-ft SF Pelicans to develop team skills. The Intermediate class is limited to students who have received a Level 2 certificate from our Beginning Class and are at least 12 years old (or have permission from the program director). Each student will build on learnings from the beginning series and the emphasis will be on sailing faster and smarter with greater confidence. Students will also explore sail racing, as a means to practice more control over their boat. The Lasers frequently capsize, so students will spend some time in the water in capsize recovery drills beginning on the first day and probably all week. Students generally love this activity- once they realize they can take care of themselves out there it frees the sailor to really have fun.


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