Summer Camp 2020

Ken Thompson Park, Sarasota, FL

Tadpole

Tadpoles Level 1- Pre-Beginner Program 

Pre-requisite: 5 years old by the first day of the session (no students older than 7 years old allowed in the class) Age Guidelines: 5-7 years oldTadpoles 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.

Tadpole 2

Tadpoles Level 2- Pre-Beginner Program Age Guidelines: 5-7 years old (no students older than 7 years old allowed in the class) The Tadpoles- Level Two class is designed to give younger sailors an opportunity to gain independence prior to enrolling in the main SYS program. Children will be introduced to boats and water activities, including swimming, sailing and basically “messing about in boats.” Tadpoles 2 sailors will sail in pairs in our Opti Cubes. This fun on the water course will teach the sailors the basics of sailing Opti Cubes and our MaineCat.  This will give the sailors more hands on experience before heading onto Opti 1. Any sailor who has completed Tadpoles Level-2 may enter Level 1 Optimist, provided they’ve reached their 7th birthday.

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
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
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
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
Adventure Sailing with STEM

Adventure Sailing with STEM Pre-requisite: 4th – 8th Grade in school Student Age Recommendation: 9-14 years old This class uses the US Sailing STEM curriculum, called  Reach.  Utilizing the sport of sailing, the students will explore SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH and apply these academics to their sailing and exploring.

The Reach Program utilizes sailing as an educational platform, challenging youth to embrace education, establish a love of learning and explore productive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based careers. Combining educators, sailing instructors, engineers, scientists with today’s youth to provide them with a one of a kind authentic learning experience, giving students the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a cooperative work environment.
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