2019 Youth Learn to Sail Course Descriptions

More classes Available!! We increased the number of our Youth Keelboat Sailing Camps (sailed in J/24s) and have divided many of our classes into Junior, Youth and Teen age groups. Below you will find information about student requirements and course descriptions or you can click here to view the 2019 Youth Learn to Sail Course Schedule. Please note the times of the classes as they vary from class to class.

 

Sailing Lessons – Student Requirements:

  • Students must be able to swim 30-40 yards and tread water for 3 minutes without flotation aids. Students must have a Type III flotation jacket for use during class. For comfort, students should have a lightweight wet suit or spray jacket. BYC has a limited number of flotation jackets and wet suits for rent.
  • Because classes fill up fast, early registration is highly recommended! Classes are subject to change due to weather conditions. Class registration closes the Friday at 5pm prior to the Monday start date of that session.

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Junior Intro to Sailing

Classes (Ages 6-8 years)

No sailing experience is required for the Junior Intro to Sailing classes! On-the-water instruction takes place in Optimist dinghies and RS Teras. Students will be introduced to basic rigging, knot tying, points of sail, docking, and capsizing. With the focus on fun, junior sailors will complete this camp having gained confidence on the water and readiness for future sailing camps and classes. Camps will be lead by our US Sailing certified instructors. Students will complete a swim evaluation prior to beginning sailing camp.

Camp is from 9am to 1pm. Registration Deadline is at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the week of the class.

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Beginner Learn to Sail (Youth)

Classes (Ages 8-12 years)

No sailing experience is required for our beginning sailing classes! On-the-water instruction takes place in Optimist dinghies and RS Teras. Students will learn how to rig and launch a sailing dinghy and understand the three points of sail (upwind, reaching, and downwind). We will also introduce tacking, gybing, docking, capsizing, and crew overboard recovery. Camps will be taught by our fun and safety-focused US Sailing certified instructors, with a ratio of 1 instructor for every 4 students. Students will complete a swim evaluation prior to beginning sailing camp and should be strong swimmers to ensure safety.

Camp is from 9am to 1pm. Registration Deadline is at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the week of the class.

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Beginner Learn to Sail (Teen)

Classes (Ages 13-18 years)

No sailing experience is required for our beginning sailing classes! On-the-water instruction takes place in Optimist dinghies and RS Teras. Students will learn how to rig and launch a sailing dinghy and understand the three points of sail (upwind, reaching, and downwind). We will also introduce tacking, gybing, docking, capsizing, and crew overboard recovery. Camps will be taught by our fun and safety-focused US Sailing certified instructors, with a ratio of 1 instructor for every 4 students. Students will complete a swim evaluation prior to beginning sailing camp and should be strong swimmers to ensure safety.

Camp is from 9am to 4pm on the weeks of July 8 and July 15.
Camp is from 9am to 1pm on the week of August 5.

Registration Deadline is at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the week of the class.

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Intermediate Learn to Sail

(Ages 8-18 years)

Prerequisite: Beginner Learn to Sail, US Sailing Certificate, or demonstration of comparable sailing experience. We recommend that if greater than 1 year has passed since completing Beginner Learn to Sail, students consider re-taking the Beginner Learn to Sail course.

This course is for students who have already developed basic sailing skills and are eager to learn more! On-the-water instruction takes place in RS Teras and Flying Junior (FJ) dinghies. Students will further their understanding of sail controls, helming, sail trim, boating safety and other US Sailing skills. The class will have a strong emphasis on safety, peer learning and fun!

Camp is from 9am to 4pm. Registration Deadline is at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the week of the class.

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Advanced Learn to Sail

(Ages 10-18 years)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Sailing, US Sailing certificate, or demonstration of comparable sailing experience. We recommend that if greater than 1 year has passed since completing Intermediate Sailing, students consider re-taking the Intermediate Sailing course. Please contact the Youth Sailing Director if you are unsure of your qualifications.

This class is designed for sailors who have mastered skippering and are able to tack, gybe, dock their boat, and right a capsized boat in moderate to high winds. Sailors will learn to further advance their skills as we introduce racing and review sail trim, rules of the road, understanding marine weather, and basic cruising skills. Overall this class is about having as much fun as possible, so that students will be encouraged to continue sailing for their whole lives!

Camp is from 9am to 4pm. Registration Deadline is at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the week of the class.

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Youth Keelboat Sailing

(Ages 8-12 years)

Prerequisite: Beginner Learn to Sail or Junior Opti

For youth sailors who have completed a basic dinghy sailing class and are ready for a different kind of adventure! On-the-water instruction takes place in J/24s. Students will hone their basic sailing skills and practice sailing as part of a team. They will experience more of Bellingham Bay as we cruise around the bay, learning anchoring, tacking, gybing, and crew overboard recovery. We will also practice reading the weather, basic navigation, rules of the road and how to plan for day sail. Camps will be lead by our fun and safety-focused US Sailing certified instructors. Students will complete a swim evaluation prior to beginning sailing camp.

Camp is from 9am to 1pm. Registration Deadline is at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the week of the class.

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Youth Adventure Cruising

(Ages 8-12 years)

Prerequisite: Beginner Learn to Sail or Junior Opti

This camp is for adventurous sailors who are eager to spend a whole day on the water, exploring Bellingham Bay! We will sail long distances each day to various destinations in Bellingham Bay, including Boulevard Park and Marine Park. On the way we will practice basic sailing skills as well as learning about marine weather, safe cruising practices, and expedition planning. The focus is fun for this week of adventure sailing!

Camp is from 9am to 4pm. Registration Deadline is at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the week of the class.

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Teen Adventure Cruising

(Ages 13-18 years)

Prerequisite: Beginner Learn to Sail, US Sailing Certificate, or demonstration of comparable sailing experience. We recommend that if greater than 1 year has passed since completing Beginner Learn to Sail, students consider re-taking Beginner prior to this course. Please contact the Youth Sailing Director if you are unsure of your qualifications.

For sailors who are looking for a true adventure, this course provides an exciting opportunity that teens will remember for years to come. We will spend Monday through Wednesday practicing basic sailing skills and learning anchoring, crew overboard recovery, and teamwork skills. We will also learn how to read marine weather forecasts, basic navigation, and expedition planning skills. On Thursday we will put our skills to the test with an overnight adventure at the BYC Inati Bay Outstation on Lummi Island. This course will be taught by our most experienced US Sailing Level 1 instructors. This is our most involved and exploratory course! No other club in the Northwest offers this program!

Camp runs from 9am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday will begin at 9am and will be an overnight. Pickup will take place at 3pm on Friday.

Registration Deadline is at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the week of the class.

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LTS – Youth Race Clinic

(Ages 8-12 years)

Prerequisite: Enrollment in BYC Race Team OR have completed Advanced Sailing OR instructor permission. Please contact the Youth Sailing instructor if you are unsure of your qualifications.

This week of coaching is for sailors who are confident in basic racing skills and looking to reach the next level. Chalk talks about tactics, strategy, and boat handling will help sailors learn new techniques to improve their race results. Most importantly, spending five days on the water with an experienced coach will provide invaluable experience. We will have Optis, RS Teras, and FJs available for practice and the coach will choose boats based on ability, experience, and interest of the entire group. Sailors should come into this class open-minded regarding which boat they sail and excited about both skippering and crewing.
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LTS – Teen Race Clinic

(Ages 13-18 years)

Prerequisite: Enrollment in BYC Race Team OR have completed Advanced Sailing OR instructor permission. Please contact the Youth Sailing instructor if you are unsure of your qualifications.

This week of coaching is for sailors who are confident in basic racing skills and looking to reach the next level. Chalk talks about tactics, strategy, and boat handling will help sailors learn new techniques to improve their race results. Most importantly, spending five days on the water with an experienced coach will provide invaluable experience. We will have FJs, lasers, J/24s, and 29ers available for practice and the coach will choose boats based on ability, experience, and interest of the entire group. Sailors should come into this class open-minded regarding which boat they sail and excited about both skippering and crewing. This is a recommended opportunity for sailors who are interested in racing on the high school or BYC race teams as well as current team members.
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