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Summer Youth Camp - Learn to Sail

Course Requirements:

  • Age range 10 to 15.
  • Kids will be required to perform the "Water Comfort Test" by swimming along the length of a dock that is about 50 feet long. They jump in at one end (wearing a life jacket) and swim along the edge to the other end, turn around swim back and climb out.
  • Must have their own Coast Guard approved life vest, Personal Floatation Device (PFD), rated for their weight (We are working on having PFD's available for purchase the first day of each session)
  • Sign up early, it is a first come first serve protocol.

Space is limited; there is only room for a maximum of twelve kids per class. The fee for the 2-week session is $800.00. This includes a US Sailing Level One Log Book sign off, a Diploma, a Berry's Basic Sailing instruction book, the use of an El Toro sailboat, and a Youth Membership in the Sequoia Yacht Club for one year. Please reply by email and indicate the following:

  • Student's age.
  • Student's sailing experience (none required).
  • Student's swimming abilities, a bonus, but not required!

Course and Venue

The Sequoia Yacht Club is building on its very successful Jr. El Toro program by adding 3 2-week sessions for our very first Youth Summer Camp.  The lessons take place inside the Port of Redwood City at the recreational end, where the yachts and clubs are and where the water is protected and calm. This area of the port is roughly 15 acres in size, and is well insulated from the conditions of the San Francisco bay, which is over a mile to the east.

Close monitoring, instruction and guidance are provided on the water by a SYC Sailing Instructor riding on a safety boat. The kids are constantly close at hand, and are encouraged to not sail if they feel uneasy about it. The Summer Youth Camp will continue the JSP approach to safety:  "if in doubt, don't go out". This saying is stressed over and over again during the preliminary, on-shore "chalk talks" where we discuss safety and seamanship. If conditions are deemed unsafe on any given day, on-shore chalk talks and other boating education will occupy the time. 

The classes emphasize safety conscious FUN sailing, considering weather, tides, traffic, etc. at all times. Besides learning general seamanship, like knots and equipment care, students learn boat nomenclature, rigging, boat handling, proper upwind sailing, tacking, downwind sailing, jibing, boat speed, racing tactics, sportsmanship and the rules of racing.



Session 1

Jul 6 – Jul 9 (Tues-Fri) & July 13-16 (Tues - Fri) 

Session 2

Jul 20 – Jul 23 (Tues - Fri) & July 27 – Jul 30 (Tues  - Fri)

Session 3

Aug 2 – Aug 5 (Mon-Thurs) & Aug 9 – 12 (Mon - Thurs)

For the 2021 sessions, since this is a pillot program for the summer camps, we will only offer beginner classes in the El Toros.  Each session will have eight (8) lesson days, starting at 9:00 a.m. and finishing at 4:00.

Formal registration will open Wednesday, May 12 at noon. Please register here:, Please feel free to email with questions.