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Youth Basic Summer Camps

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A fun read before camp begins! Learn to Sail in Three Days, courtesy

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. Please note students will complete capsize drills that require them to enter the water; students are required to wear life jackets at all times when on/in the water. On light air days, students might either be taught to safely paddle a canoe or kayak through the beautiful Dyke Marsh area surrounding the marina, or might cool off with a swim.

-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 the first week of September, in either a morning session (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) or afternoon session (1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.). 

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, closed-toe shoes that can get wet, a hat and sunglasses, and shorts and a t-shirt over a bathing suit.

Please note the multi-student discounts are available for siblings only.

CLICK HERE to fill out an annual Acknowledgement of Risk Form

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