Youth Sailing Courses

Middle Keys Sailing special programs include Learn to Sail for youth ages 6 - 18. Here, our students learn sailing basics in Prams, Dragons, Optis, Lasers, Sunfish, and Flying Scots. All programs are supported by the Marathon Yacht Club Educational Foundation. We also hold race clinics, teaching the basic and advanced theory of racing, rounding marks, starts, and more.

This program utilizes sailing as a vehicle for exploration, allowing students to travel to marine sites and learn about various local creatures and marine processes. Classes may also include local field trips as well as guest lecturers. All students must be able to pass a swim test.

Summer Reading: Check out the following ebooks before you start classes!
Your First Weekend in Dinghy Sailing
Alex Learns to Sail (also available in hard copy)

All summer classes end with a pool party on Monday, August 12 from 5:00-7:00pm. All students, parents, and donors are invited; includes distribution of sailing completion certificates.

 
 

Beginner/Early Intermediate Youth Sailing

Session 1: Two Weeks 6/10 - 6/21 (1/2 days plus full-day Fridays)
Session 2: One Week 7/22 - 7/26 (full days)
Session 3: Two Weeks 7/29 - 8/9 (1/2 days plus full-day Fridays)

$100 per student per session
$180 for two siblings

This course meets daily throughout the week and focuses on teaching the fundamentals of sailing. Students who have never sailed, who have sailed a little, and those who would enjoy a refresher are welcome. Topics include: parts of the boat, knots, capsize recovery, points of sail, how a sail functions, sailing upwind and downwind, rounding marks, and basic boat-handling drills. All of our classes also include snorkeling and an introduction to marine biology.

Two-Week Sessions Mondays - Thursdays 6/10-6/21 or 7/29-8/9
Ages 6-8: 9:00 - 11:30am
Ages 9-18: 2:00 - 5:00pm 
Thursdays are marine skills days. Ages 6-8 will have a guest speaker (fun marine sciences or art), and ages 9-18 will learn boat care and maintenance, industry and science skills, and may include guest speakers. 

Fridays
All ages, 9:00am - 2:30pm
Fridays include fun sailing outings to Crane Point, nearby barrier islands, and other adventures. Lots of snorkeling, sailing, and science. Please bring a sack lunch.

Note: for 7/22-26, we offer just a one week beginner/early intermediate session, but with longer days Monday-Friday 9:00am - 2:30 pm. Ages 7-16 welcome. Please bring a sack lunch.

Financial Aid is available. If you are not able to cover class fees, please let us know and the registration fee will be $1, no questions asked. Additional donations for any amount are highly encouraged to help cover costs.


Intermediate Youth Sailing

June 25 - 29

$100/week per student
$180/week for two siblings

This program focuses on increasing confidence on the water and refining the skills learned in beginner sailing. Students practice advanced sailing techniques, games as well as competitive racing strategy and rules of the road. Students must have completed at least one beginner sailing class and be able to steer on all points of sail in light breeze, follow-the-leader comfortably, tack, and gybe. Advanced sailors are welcome!

Monday - Thursday
Ages 8-17: 9:00am - 12:00pm OR 2:00 - 5:00pm 
Thursday is a marine skills day.

Friday
9:00am - 2:30pm
Friday combines groups for racing rules and racing day, including learning rules, weather, wind, and current basics. Please bring a sack lunch.

Financial Aid is available. If you are not able to cover class fees, please let us know and the registration fee will be $1, no questions asked. Additional donations for any amount are highly encouraged to help cover costs. Intermediate and Advanced youth sailors are also highly encouraged to donate a few hours of their time as community service to help Beginner sailors “learn the ropes.”  


Advanced Skills Youth Sailing

Week 1: July 8 - 12
Week 2: July 15 - 19
Regatta: July 20

$100/week per student
$180/two weeks, or $250 for three weeks (including both Intermediate & Advanced Courses)

+$10 Regatta Entry Fee (optional)

This program focuses on increasing confidence on the water and refining the skills learned in beginner sailing. Students practice advanced sailing techniques, games as well as competitive racing strategy and rules of the road. Students must have sailing experience, be able to steer on all points of sail in light to moderate breeze, follow-the-leader comfortably, tack, gybe, and hike out.

Mondays - Fridays
9:00am - 2:30pm
Please bring a sack lunch.

Sibling discounts may apply. Contact us for details.

Financial Aid is available. If you are not able to cover class fees, please let us know and the registration fee will be $1, no questions asked. Additional donations for any amount are highly encouraged to help cover costs. Intermediate and Advanced youth sailors are also highly encouraged to donate a few hours of their time as community service to help Beginner sailors “learn the ropes.”