Youth Learn to Sail

About the program:

  Ages 8-17 can learn the art and fun of sailing! Designed to teach sailing basics and beyond. When registering, please indicate experience level. Instruction is customized to the student! Beginning students each have their own Optimist Dinghy, sized just for young sailors: 8 foot long wooden sailing prams that are lightweight, safe and stable. These craft are so easy to operate that they are the world-wide choice of junior sailing programs. More advanced sailors will sail in the new Open Bics, Club 420s or Lasers.

  In a fun-filled stimulating environment, this program builds:

1. self-esteem

2. personal confidence

3. responsibility

4. teamwork skills

5. Additionally-  it gets our kids looking up from their devices!

Water Safety


  Students will be asked to demonstrate that they can swim with the aid of their life jackets (this is really to demonstrate that they are comfortable in the water while wearing life jackets). While Traverse Area Community Sailing has a limited number of life jackets for use, students are encouraged to provide their own for better fit and regular use after the class. We will sail in the rain so clothing appropriate to the weather should be provided. We require closed toe shoes (tennis shoes, boat shoes, crocs, anything that encloses and protect the student feet). Towels, a water bottle, a change of dry clothes and snacks are often appropriate.

Half day sessions are recommended for children under the age of 12.

Full day classes are hard for the younger students.

AM Half Day(9am - noon)  PM Half Day(1-4pm) Full Day(9-4pm) 


2019 Program Schedule:

Youth #1 Jun 17 - Jun 28

  AM or PM -  $295

  FULL Day  - $535

Youth #2 Jul 1 - Jul 5 (4 Days) 

  AM or PM -  $150

  FULL Day  - $425

Youth #3 Jul 8 - Jul 19 

  AM or PM -  $295

  FULL Day  - $535

Youth #4 Jul 22 - Aug 2 

  AM or PM -  $295

  FULL Day  - $535

Youth #5 Aug 5 - Aug 16 

  AM or PM -  $295

  FULL Day  - $535




Reachers! Adventure Sailing

This four full day long sailing session (July 2&3 Jul 5&6) has a different goal and flavor than any of our other sessions this summer. For attendees at this session it’s not so much about learning to sail, but rather it’s about destinations and having  fun in sailboats and while learning about the science and technology that propels and supports the very act of sailing.


The course will feature:


  • High Performance Excitement: catamarans, hiking, harnesses, Windsurfing

    • Fun with Spinnakers!

    • Sail our new Melges 24 (high performance sport boat)

    • Sail our catamarans!

  • An adventure cruise in our 420's West Grand Traverse Bay

  • Lessons about the science behind sail trim, navigation and the ecology of the lakes we sail on (as well as the importance of preserving that precious environment).


    Students in this class should have attended a previous learn to sail class as we will assume the student has some (at least rudimentary) sailing skills. This class will be separated into two groups: 8-10 and 11 & up for age appropriate lessons and experiences.

Reachers - Adventure Sailing (Full Day Only / 4 Days)

July 1-5

4 Full Days $295

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