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.

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


2021 Program Schedule:

Session #1 Jun 21 - Jul 2 

  AM or PM -  $295


Session #2 Jul 5 - Jul 9 (5 Days) 

  AM or PM -  $170

Session #3 Jul 12 - Jul 23 

  AM or PM -  $295


Session  #4 Jul 26 - Aug 6 

  AM or PM -  $295

Session #5 Aug 9 - Aug 20 

  AM or PM -  $295

Session #6 Aug 23 - Aug 27 

  AM only -  $170