2021 Youth Learn to Sail Course Descriptions

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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Beginner Learn to Sail (Youth)

(Ages 8-12 years)

No sailing experience is required for this 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 5 students. Students will complete a swim evaluation prior to beginning sailing camp and should be strong swimmers.

Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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)

(Ages 13-18 years)

No sailing experience is required for this beginning sailing classes! On-the-water instruction takes place in Flying Juniors (FJ) dinghys. 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 5 students. Students will complete a swim evaluation prior to beginning sailing camp and should be strong swimmers.

Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 class.  Please contact the Youth Sailing Director if you are unsure of your qualifications.

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 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!

Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration Deadline is at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the week of the class.

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Teen Cruising Camp

(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 Learn to Sail 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!

Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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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