Summer Sailing Program for Kids
At our New York City Summer Sailing Program for Kids, students learn teamwork, planning and responsibility in an exciting and challenging atmosphere while at the same time discovering one of the world's oldest and most rewarding sports.
Kids ages 9-15 learn to trim sails, tie knots and man the helm aboard modern sailboats. Our sailing curriculum, combined with our team and self esteem building activities, help young sailors to build confidence, bolster self-reliance, and fulfill their inner potential – and have tons of fun while doing it!
When & Where
Our camp operates Monday through Friday from 9am to 3:30pm out of the 79th Street Boat Basin on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It is designed as a two-week program but campers may join for as little as one week or as much as the whole season.
You're children are always on the water with a licensed US Coast Guard Captain. Our 6:1 child/instructor ratio allows kids to learn quickly with hands-on involvement in every aspect of the boat. We can say with confidence our counselors are the most experienced and qualified not only in NYC, but possibly the world. We spare no expense in finding and securing the best (life-long) sailors available that also have years of experience with youth. One look at their bios and you'll understand what sets our programs above and beyond the rest.
We believe in hands on learning, which means that kids captain the boat, trim the sails, and do the navigating starting the minute they leave the dock on the first morning. By the end of the program, we will have covered the fundamentals of sailing and your camper will have a comprehensive idea of everything from knot tying to points of sail. The program has been designed to accommodate all levels - new sailors develop skills rapidly and experienced sailors flourish.
Fun and Adventure
Fun is at the forefront of our program. We allow New York City kids access to the wonderful and thrilling world of sailing in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere. We understand that the happier the camper, the more open mind he or she will have about sailing and the better sailor they will become.
Safety is our highest priority. While we want our participants to experience the thrill of sailing, we employ the utmost vigilance and expertise to keep them safe in the process. Activities are carefully planned and overseen. Our vessels are manned by experienced instructors who are licensed by the United States Coast Guard and trained in First Aid and CPR. Children wear lifejackets at all times when on the dock or on boats.
In the event emergency medical attention is required, our launches give quick access to shore-based emergency personnel. The Atlantic Yachting fleet is always within range of radio and telephone contact of emergency services and also has a direct connection to the United States Coast Guard. We have a perfect safety record and use all available means to keep your child safe and happy on the water.