Summer Camp 2020

June 1-July 31, cost is $400 or you can do full day for two weeks with cost being $800. 

Ken Thompson Park, Sarasota, FL

Tadpole

Tadpoles Level 1- Pre-Beginner Program 

Pre-requisite: 5-6 years old by the first day of the session (no students older than 6 years old allowed in the class) Age Guidelines: 5-6 years old Tadpoles is a “pre-beginner” program designed to introduce younger children to formal sailing instruction. Tadpoles meet five days a week, either from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and are designed to challenge the cognitive abilities of children five to seven years of age. Children who have reached the age of five before May 29 and who are capable of functioning within a group, will be admitted. Tadpoles introduce children to the activities of SYS rather than providing a broader “day camp” atmosphere. Children will be introduced to boats and water activities, including swimming, sailing and basically “messing about in boats.” Classes are taught in several different types of boats including our MaineCat and Precision 18.

Runs on a biweekly half day schedule (morning or afternoon), June 1-July 31, cost is $400 or you can do full day for two weeks with cost being $800. 

Level 1 Optimist

Level 1 Optimist- Beginner Pre-requisite: 7 years old by the start of the session. Student Age Recommendation: 7-12 years old or up to 110 lbs. The goal of the Level 1 Optimist- Beginner class is for each child to have positive early experiences on the water and while sailing. Building confidence, ensuring safety, demonstrating respect, courtesy to others, and good teamwork are primary goals. Novice sailors learn basic nomenclature, seamanship, and sailing skills. Optimist Prams are used for instruction. Fun sailing games and other skill-related activities are incorporated into the course. Upon completion students should feel comfortable sailing alone in an Optimist dinghy. Focus:

  • Parts of the Boat
  • Steering
  • Points of Sail
  • Upwind/Downwind Sailing
  • Rigging/De-rigging
  • Capsize/Recovery
  • Knots/Lines
  • Safety
  • Casting-off/Landing
  • Having Fun

Runs on a biweekly half day schedule (morning or afternoon), June 1-July 31, cost is $400 or you can do full day for two weeks with cost being $800. 

Level 2 Optimist

Level 2 Optimist – Skipper Pre-requisite: Level 1 Optimist or Sailing Director’s Approval Student Age Recommendation: 8-12 years old The Level 2-Skipper class is an extension of the Level 1 Optimist class that helps students develop skills while also building knowledge and confidence. Skipper class sailors focus on refining boat control, boat handling skills, and learn more safety practices. Sailors will be introduced to sailing around a course. Optimist dinghies are used for single-handed sailing, and there may be opportunities to sail in 420s at the instructor’s discretion. As in the Novice class, fun sailing games and other skill-related activities will be incorporated into the teaching. Focus:

  • Knots/Lines
  • Upwind/Downwind Sailing
  • Wind Direction
  • Rigging/De-rigging
  • Tacking/Jibing
  • Points of Sail
  • Casting-off/Landing
  • Getting out of Irons
  • Sail Trim
  • Starting/Stopping
  • Safety
  • Man Overboard Recovery
  • Having Fun
  • Basic Rules of the Road

Runs on a biweekly half day schedule (morning or afternoon), June 1-July 31, cost is $400 or you can do full day for two weeks with cost being $800. 

Level 1 420

Level 1 420- Beginner Pre-requisite: Level 2 Optimist or Sailing Directors Approval Student Age Recommendation: 13-18 years old The Level 1 420 team is designed for those junior sailors who are experiencing sailing a double-handed boat for the first time. Through demonstrations both on land and on the water students develop an understanding for how to work a part of a team. The class will focus on the introduction of a jib, proper sail trim, using a spinnaker as well as the proper terminology. Focus:

  • Teamwork
  • Tacking/Gybing
  • Terminology
  • Using a spinnaker
  • Introduction of Jib
  • Safety
  • Proper sail trim
  • Having Fun

Runs on a biweekly half day schedule (morning or afternoon), June 1-July 31, cost is $400 or you can do full day for two weeks with cost being $800. 

Level 2 420 - Advanced

Level 2 420- Advanced Pre-requisite: Level 1-420 or Sailing Directors Approval Student Age Recommendation: 13-18 years old The Level 2 420-Advanced class gives experienced sailors and Optimist racers to this an opportunity to further their education in a high performance boat. Sailors train in both the skipper and crew positions learning how to use a spinnaker, proper position on roll tacks and gybes, and weight placement. Sailors receive on-shore chalk talks in preparation for on-the-water drills, and they are instructed on sail trim, boat speed and rules. The class will also cover the basic concepts of racing. Focus:

  • Teamwork
  • Spinnaker skills
  • Skipper/Crew assignments
  • Introduction to racing
  • Safety
  • Roll Tacking/Gybing
  • Having Fun

Runs on a biweekly half day schedule (morning or afternoon), June 1-July 31, cost is $400 or you can do full day for two weeks with cost being $800. 

Adventure Watersports

Adventure Sailing Pre-requisite: 4th – 8th Grade in school Student Age Recommendation: 9-14 years old 

Runs on a weekly basis June 1-July 31, cost is $400

O’Pen Bics

O’Pen Bics Pre-requisite: Opti Level 2 or 420 Level 1 Student Age Recommendation: 8-14 The O’Pen Bic class gives experienced sailors and Optimist racers an opportunity to further their education in a fun exciting boat.  Sailors will work on the basic points of sail while having fun and cruising around the bay!  Sailors receive on-shore chalk talks in preparation for on-the-water activities, and they are instructed on sail trim, boat speed and rules. Focus:

  • Having Fun!
  • Knots
  • Upwind/Downwind Sailing
  • Wind Direction
  • Rigging/De-rigging
  • Tacking/Jibing
  • Points of Sail
  • Casting-off/Landing
  • Getting out of Irons
  • Sail Trim
  • Starting/Stopping
  • Safety
  • Man Overboard Recovery
  • Basic Rules of the Road

Runs on a biweekly half day schedule (morning or afternoon), June 1-July 31, cost is $400 or you can do full day for two weeks with cost being $800.