Youth Basic Summer Camps

Fun reading before your camp: Sunfish Sailing Made Easy

CLICK HERE to read our response to COVID-19 for 2020 summer camp operations.


At Belle Haven Marina, your child will learn to sail in an atmosphere where fun, safety, and responsibility are paramount. Our summer camps are a place to play, learn, and grow. Children gain confidence around the water by learning safe sailing skills. Wearing life jackets in 14' Sunfish sailboats, students learn to sail confidently and have an all-around great time. On light air days, students are taught how to safely paddle a canoe or kayak through the beautiful Dyke Marsh area surrounding the marina.

-Ages 8-15
-15 hours of hands-on lessons aboard a Sunfish

-Small student-to-instructor ratio of no more than 6:1

-Topics covered include:

  • Rigging a Sunfish

  • Knots used in rigging

  • The points of sail

  • Navigational markers

  • Right-of-way rules

  • Man overboard drills

  • Capsizing and recovery

  • Mooring and docking drills


Courses are offered weekly through September 4, 2020, in either a morning session (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) or afternoon session (1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.). 

CLICK HERE to fill out a Class Request Form

CLICK HERE to fill out a 2021 Youth Acknowledgement of Risk Form

Students are asked to bring a snack and water bottle, sun block and lip balm, and a towel and change of clothes. Students are asked to wear sturdy shoes that can get wet, a hat and sunglasses, and shorts and a t-shirt over a bathing suit.

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George Washington Memorial Parkway

P.O. Box 7093

Alexandria, VA 22307

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