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.

2023 SchedulE
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June 2023

June 5-9 Youth Learn to Sail (Half Day AM) Kayaking/Boating Safety (Half Day PM)

June 12-16 Youth Learn to Sail Session 1 (Half and Full Day)

June 19-23 Youth Learn to Sail Session 2 (Half and Full Day)

June 26-30 Youth Learn to Sail Session 3 (Half and Full Day)

July 2023

July 5-7 Junior Keelboat (Half Day PM)

July 10-14 Youth Learn to Sail Session 4 (Half and Full Day)

July 24-28 Youth Learn to Sail Session 5 (Half and Full Day)

August 2023

July 31-Aug 4 Youth Advanced Sailing Camp (Full Day—Invitation only)

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

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

$225/wk Sponsor Member *

$250/wk Non-Member

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

$400/wk Sponsor Member *

$425/wk Non-member

Kayaking/ Boating Safety (Age 10-17)

  1. Participants will be instructed regarding powerboats, kayaks, and water safety.

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

HALF DAY - 1:00p-4:00p

$225/wk Sponsor Member *

$250/wk Non-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 - 1p-5p

$225/3 day class Sponsor Member *

$250/3 day class Non-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

$400/wk Sponsor Member *

$425/wk Non-member

*Sponsor Members:

Sandusky Sailing Club, Sandusky Yacht Club, Sierra Lobo


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 or flip-flops)

Clothes that can get wet


lunch (full day class only)


refillable water bottle

Life Jacket/PFD (Optional and can be provided by SJSI)

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