South Whidbey Yacht Club Youth Sailing Association


Youth Sailing Camps

Come join the fun! This year's sailing classes are offered at Deer Lake, with the exception of the first day of class when we meet at the HoneyMoon Bay Clubhouse. (see safety note below*). Our camps emphasize learning how to sail while building self-confidence and promoting good character. Classes are taught in an open-air classroom setting and on the water. Each class lasts five days, Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. 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. Classes are open to boys and girls ages 10 to 16. We accommodate participants with special needs as much as possible. Cost for the class is $175 per student**. Intermediates are excused from orientation and swim test if they attended as a beginner student. Intermediate classes will begin on Monday at the Deer Lacke County Park at 9:00 am.

Scheduled Classes Beginners

June 25-29 for ages 10-15 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
July 9-13 for ages 10-15 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
July 16-20 for ages 10-15 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Scheduled Classes Intermediates:

July 9-13 for ages 12-16 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
July 16-20 for ages 12-16 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Qualifications: Beginners are students with little or no sailing experience or sailors who lack confidence in their ability or need to refresh their skills. Students should be comfortable in and on the water and be able to pass a 2-min. float test without a life jacket. Intermediates must have achieved a level-2 competency in previous classes or been granted permission of the program director.

Equipment & Supplies:  Beginning students will have their own 8-foot sailing pram called an El Toro and will generally sail alone. Intermediate students will sail in a variety of boats, 12-ft. SF Pelican, Laser or a Vanguard 15. Participants should bring a properly fitting Coast Guard-approved life jacket. (A few will be available at the site.) Each should also bring a lunch and a bag with a change of clothes (the bag will remain on shore), a non-glass water bottle, sunscreen, closed-toe shoes that can get wet, and any other personal items such as hat and sunglasses. Some drinking water will always be available but bringing their own would be advisable.

Staff and Course:  Our Head Instructors are US Sailing certified and will be assisted by experienced dinghy sailors. The course will use the US Sailing coursework, and a textbook will be provided for each student. Our course will cover safety on the water, sailboat nomenclature, wind awareness, rigging, sailing basics, leaving and returning to the shore, rules of the road, etiquette and a few sailor’s knots. Our priorities are safety, then fun and learning. Intermediates will advance their skill level and begin basic competitive sailing. Sufficient staff will be on hand to ensure that each participant receives personal attention.

Safety: Competence in swimming is a prerequisite. Participants must demonstrate on the first day of class the ability to swim without a life jacket and stay afloat for 2 minutes without assistance.
* To accomplish the swim test we will meet the first day at Honeymoon Lake Community Clubhouse for swim test and orientation.
We will be there for one to two hours. Parents are asked to help transport students (or make arrangements for transportation) to the site for the afternoon session. We require that participants and staff wear their life jackets at all times when on the water. Instructors in motorized safety boats will accompany and protect participants who are sailing. Instructors will teach sun protection, proper clothing, maintaining body temperature, capsize recovery and rules of the road.

Registration: Forms are available at the SW Parks and Recreation office or on their website. Registration will be accepted up until the date classes begin provided that space is available, but each class is limited so early registration is encouraged to ensure admission and facilitate scheduling.
**Children and grandchildren of SWYC members can deduct $50 from the fee; mention to the registrar that you are a club member when registering.To qualify for a South Whidbey Yacht Club member discount, members must be in good standing before June 1, 2018.

Additional Information:
Youth Sailing Director:

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation