Sailing is not just a healthy and positive sporting experience! Young people who are introduced to sailing pick up many skills that can be carried into their adult lives. An early introduction to sailing will develop traits that can pave the direction he or she may choose to follow later in life. Not only will you be able to get your child out of the house doing something fun and exciting, they'll be away from their computer screens and developing skills that will last a lifetime. The Youth Sailing Program is offered weekdays, after-school September through June.
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YOUTH SAILING PROGRAMS
All classes can be registered for online!
Class dates and times included in registration form. To make sailing accessible to all, sponsorship for children is available. Details included on registration form.
This 3-hour class is all about sharing a unique learning experience with your child by spending quality time sailing. Session is taught on the Hobie Wave, a fun and stable boat that keeps everyone comfortable, smiling, and enjoying their time on the water. Adults can be non-sailors or have previous experience. $25 per additional child, max. 2 children per parent. *This program is offered to non-members. Available by booking directly with the Sailing Director, please call it 242-727-SAIL (7245).
Gain comfort and confidence on the water and familiarity with basic boat handling and points of sail. Opti 101 is designed to provide a broad introduction to dinghy and keelboat sailing. The curriculum focuses on basic boat handling and sailing terms, including safety rules and weather/wind observation. Children will sail in an Optimists (2 to an Opti). While teaching basic skills, this class will help foster enthusiasm for further sailing adventures.
Learn to be proficient and confident single handling an Opti. Mastery of points of sail and comfort with basic boat handling, this class is designed for beginning single-handed Opti sailors. Sailors will continue to develop boat handling skills while learning about safety and taking care of their equipment. This class will do some double-handed sailing early on and in windy conditions. Single handed sailing will be emphasized as the sailors become more comfortable. Prerequisites: Designed for children having completed Opti 101, or other basic Opti exposure.
Master boat handling maneuvers, gain a basic understanding of how to get around a race course, and gain independence in rigging, sailing, racing, and sailing preparation. This all single-handed class is designed for sailors who have become proficient in basic Opti sailing and want to fine-tune their boat-handling skills while learning some basic racing techniques. Participants in this class are encouraged to participate in on and off-island regattas. Prerequisites: Designed for children having completed Opti 102 or equivalent. Complete confidence sailing single-handedly is a must.
This basic sailing course for new sailors or those with limited sailing experience, taught in either the FJ, Laser or Opti depending on age and ability. Participants will learn boating fundamentals and be introduced to the sport of sailing. The course includes safety, crewing, steering and seamanship. Sailors will also learn basic points of sail and boating terminology through class work and off-water activities. Prerequisites: None.
This course is designed for sailors who have become proficient in basic sailing and want to learn some racing techniques, read wind and waves and master boat handling maneuvers. Taught in either the FJ, Laser or Opti depending on age and ability, sailors build on existing skills in all types of conditions and to a higher level of proficiency. Participants in this class are encouraged to participate in on and off-island regattas. Prerequisites: GBSC Sail One or other basic sailing exposure, complete confidence sailing single-handedly is a must. Students 14+ who successfully complete this level are eligible to become a Junior Instructor in Training at the discretion of the Sailing Director.
Learn to always sail fast! Sailors train to tune and handle their boat with ease and will begin to fully understand what does and doesn't make the boat move faster. This program covers advanced boat handling, everything from fine-tuning sail trim and shape to roll-tacking and gybing. Popular with students who are interested in learning advanced boat handling skills, with an interest in racing. Participants in this class are encouraged to participate in on and off-island regattas. Prerequisites: Go Sail Two or equivalent training. Students 15+ who successfully complete this level are eligible to become a Junior Instructor at GBSC at the discretion of the Sailing Director.
Are you looking for hours to complete a community service assignment, or perhaps you're looking for an opportunity to gain new skills to put on your resume to help with future employment. GBSC has many opportunities for youth whom are wanting to assist with the day-to-day operations of the sailing program—which includes assisting younger children with their boats, being an extra set of eyes on the coach boats, assisting with youth social events and even flipping the occasional burger. No sailing experience is required, and those whom are successful and show an aptitude for working hard will be offered a fast track into the GBSC Junior Instructor Bootcamp and an opportunity to learn how to sail at no cost.