Youth Learn to Sail

Safety First!

Day 1 of Learn To Sail includes a capsize drill.

A certified instructor will capsize the boat with the junior sailors.

The instructor will then walk the sailors through the process to right the boat.

2021 SchedulE
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June 7-11 Discover Boating FULL DAY *POSTPONED* (more details to follow)

June 14-18 Learn to Sail Session 1 HALF/FULL DAY *CLOSED*

June 21-25 Learn to Sail Session 2 HALF/FULL DAY *CLOSED*

June 28-July 2 Learn to Sail Session 3 HALF/FULL DAY *CLOSED*

July 6-8 Community Sail-AM

July 6-7 Community Kayaking-PM

July 12-16 Learn to Sail Session 4 HALF/FULL DAY *CLOSED*

July 19-22 Community Sail-AM

July 19-21 JR Keelboat-PM (This program meets at Sandusky Yacht Club) **CLOSED**

July 26-30 Learn to Sail Session 5 HALF/FULL DAY **CLOSED**

August 2-6 Advanced Sailing FULL DAY--Contact us for admission

We are currently on a waiting list for all Youth Learn To Sail sessions. Please contact us to be placed on a waiting list.

course descriptions & Cost

Learn to Sail (Age 7-17)

A typical day:

  1. Morning weather brief

    • Discussing weather advantages and disadvantages of the day

  2. Skill lesson(s)

    • New skills to be taught that day

  3. Rigging

    • Putting the boats together, this requires teamwork and coordination from the class to complete the goal

  4. Sailing!!!

  5. De-rigging

    • Taking the boats apart and packing everything away cleaned and organized

  6. Daily recap, discussion of what we learned

  7. Dismissal

HALF DAY - 9:00a-12:00p

$160/Sponsor Member *


FULL DAY - 9:00a-4:00p

$310/Sponsor Member *


Discover Boating (Age 12-17)

  1. Participants will be instructed in powerboats, kayaks, paddle boards, and sailboats.

  2. All course material will follow US Sailing and ODNR standards.

  3. Students will complete our half day Learn To Sail program during this course as well as earn their Safe Boating Certificate.

FULL DAY - 9:00a-4:00p

$310/Sponsor Member *


JR KeelBoat Program (Age 12-17)

The JR KeelBoat program is a modified version of our Adult KeelBoat program. The schedule and skill lessons are similar to our traditional Learn To Sail program but all skills are practiced with an instructor on a KeelBoat rather than the dinghy boats used in Learn To Sail.

HALF DAY - 12:30p-5p

$160/Sponsor Member *


Advanced Sailing (Age 7-17)

  1. Participants must have completed at least one course of Youth Learn To Sail.

  2. Registration must be approved by a Sailing Center Coach or Director.

  3. Opti sailors will learn more advanced skills and learn how to sail and/or race the boat at a higher level then traditional Learn To Sail participants.

  4. Participants who meet the age, weight and skill level requirements could sail in Lasers and 420's.

FULL DAY - 9:00a-4:00p

$310/Sponsor Member *


*Sponsor Members:

Sandusky Sailing Club, Sandusky Yacht Club, Sierra Lobo

During the Learn To Sail season, our more experienced Junior Race Team members have the opportunity to be Junior Instructors.

Please click the links below to register for the programs you would like to register for. Please remember you need one registration per sailor.

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Please contact us for more information.

What to bring to a week of Learn to Sail:

sunscreen (Lotion, NO SPRAYS)

close-toe shoes that can get wet (NO sandals, slides, flip-flops)

Clothes that can get wet


lunch (full day class only)


refillable water bottle

What I need to know Day 1 of Learn to Sail:

Drop off is at the Clubhouse (9am)

Pick up is at the Clubhouse (Half Day 12pm/Full Day 4pm)

Drive up to the gate and it will open

Forms must be signed on day 1 of registration

Parents must sign students in and out daily

All cars must park in the parking spaces of the Sailing Center and NOT in the gravel.

Located at:

Sandusky Sailing Club

814 Water Street, Sandusky