Youth Sailing Classes

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Send a Kid to Sailing School

LWSA will not turn anyone away because of inability to pay.

Your donation of $60 will send a child to sailing school for a day, 

$295 for a week and $445 for two weeks.

Your donation will go directly to our Scholarship Fund

What We Do:

For kids and teens ages 7 – 16, we offer a broad curriculum of hands-on classes for youth of all abilities. Plus: a Racing Club for kids and teens who want to try racing or more independent sailing. 

2019 Schedule

You can click these links to see this year's courses and schedule. Useful in planning your summer!

Please note that all dates, classes, and prices are subject to change. Registration opens April 1st.  Contact us with any questions!

Discounts

Early Bird Discount – Register before May 1st and save $15 per class.

Come Again Discount – Schedule additional sessions for the same attendee and save 15%

(if you schedule multiple sessions at the same time, the 15% discount will be applied automatically; if you schedule an additional session for the same student later, please enter the coupon code "MULTISESSION" to receive your 15% discount)

Financial Aid

LWSA financial aid is available to help any student who might otherwise be unable to participate because of an inability to pay. For further information please email us or phone: 603-589-1177. Your request will remain confidential.

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Youth Course Descriptions

M01: "Mighty Minis" (one week)

Age 7 only; Four-day course, half days (Mon-Thu); Fee: $135  

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This is an introduction to sailing for 7 year olds with little or no sailing experience. This is a

closely-supervised class designed to help these students feel comfortable in a sailboat, and to learn

to steer the boat and handle sails, and to develop an awareness of safety in and around boats.

Students must be able to swim, and will be expected to pass the swim test described below. 

101: Level One 8-10 (one week)

Ages 8-10; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $295

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This course, for students ages 8 - 10 with little or no sailing experience, is taught in Optimist sailing dinghies. 

Based on age, size and weight, students will either be paired or sail alone. Focus is on introduction to sailing

and safety in and around sailboats.  Students will learn to rig, sail and steer the boat.

102: Level One 11-16 (two weeks)

Ages 11-16; Two-week course, full days (Mon-Fri) Fee: $445

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This course is for older students, ages 11-16, with little or no sailing experience. 

While it is similar to the Level One class offered to the younger students (described above), the two-week duration and age of the students will allow them to master more skills by the end of the course. This course is taught in Optimist sailing dinghies, O'pen Bic sailboats and two-person Vanguard 420 sailing dinghies. Focus is on introduction to sailing and safety in and around sailboats. Students will learn to rig, sail and steer the boat.

102A: Level One 11-16 (one week)

Ages 11-16; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri) Fee: $295

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This course is for older students ages 11-16, with little or no sailing experience. Similar to the Level 1 class described above, but with the students' older ages, will allow them to get a feel for sailing, and master more skills by the end of the week - and may excite them to try another class that we offer. This course is taught in Optimist sailing dinghies, Vanguard 420s and O'pen Bic boats. Focus is on introduction to sailing and safety in and around sailboats. Students will learn to rig, sail and steer the boat.

201: Level Two 8-10 (one week)

Ages 8-10; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $295
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This course is for students ages 8-10 who have successfully completed the Level One class or have equivalent experience. 

This course is taught in Optimist sailing dinghies and O'pen Bic sailboats and will build upon the skills learned in the Level One class. Students will learn to become more aware of wind and weather, and will focus on more advanced sailing, boat handling, and safety skills, including tacking, jibing and landing a sailboat. Students' skills will be constantly evaluated and at the appropriate time those who are interested will be introduced to advanced concepts and/or competitive racing.

202: Level Two 11-16 (two weeks)

Ages 11-16; Two-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $445
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This course is for older students, ages 11-16, who have successfully completed the Level One class or have equivalent experience. While it is similar to the Level Two class offered to the younger students (described above), the two-week duration and age of the students will allow them to master more skills by the end of the course. 

This course is taught in Optimist sailing dinghies, O'pen Bic sailboats and two-person Vanguard 420 sailing dinghies and will build upon the skills learned in the Level One class. Students will learn to become more aware of wind and weather, and will focus on more advanced sailing, boat handling, and safety skills, including tacking, jibing and landing a sailboat. Students' skills will be constantly evaluated and at the appropriate time those who are interested will be introduced to advanced concepts and/or competitive racing.

202A: Level Two 11-16 (one week)

Ages 11-16 One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri) Fee: $295

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This course is for older students ages 11-16, who have successfully completed a Level One class or have equivalent experience. Similar to the Level Two class offered to younger kids, the older audience of this class will allow students to master more skills and explore the fun of sailing at a higher level! The one-week length lets older students give sailing a try and hopefully excite them to explore our other programs! This course will be taught in Optimist sailing dinghies, Vanguard 420 sailing boats, and O'pen Bic boats.

302: Level Three 13-16 (two weeks)

Ages 13-16; Two-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $445
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This course, taught in Vanguard 420 dinghies and O'pen Bic sailboats, is for older students (ages 13-16) who have successfully completed the Level Two class or have equivalent experience. 

This two-week class and age of the students will allow them to master more skills by the end of the course. This course will build upon the skills learned in the Level Two class. Students will learn to become more aware of wind and weather, learn to read and follow a chart, how to toss an anchor, and will focus on more advanced sailing, boat handling, and safety skills, including tacking, jibing and landing a sailboat. Students' skills will be constantly evaluated and at the appropriate time those who are interested will be introduced to advanced concepts.

302A: Level Three 13-16 (one week)

Ages 13-16; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $295
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For those students who can't schedule the two week 302 class.

This course, taught in Vanguard 420 dinghies and O'pen Bic sailboats, is for older students (ages 13-16) who have successfully completed the Level Two class or have equivalent experience. 

This two-week class and age of the students will allow them to master more skills by the end of the course. This course will build upon the skills learned in the Level Two class. Students will learn to become more aware of wind and weather, learn to read and follow a chart, how to toss an anchor, and will focus on more advanced sailing, boat handling, and safety skills, including tacking, jibing and landing a sailboat. Students' skills will be constantly evaluated and at the appropriate time those who are interested will be introduced to advanced concepts.

R200:  Opti Racing - 8 - 11  NEW

Ages 8 - 11; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $295
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This course is to introduce our younger students to sailboat racing. It is open to students, ages 8-11, who have successfully completed the Level One class or have equivalent experience.   This class is taught in our Optimist dinghies and is designed to cover the fundamentals of sailboat racing, and will include classroom instruction, on-the-water instruction, drills, and actual races. These closely-coached classes will cover starting, buoy rounding, boat speed, tactics, strategy, and the rules of racing.

Participants will have the opportunity to compete in youth regattas elsewhere in New England. 

R100:  Novice Racing - 11-16

Ages 11 - 16; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $295
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This course is to introduce our older students to sailboat racing. It is open to students, ages 11-16, who have successfully completed the Level One class or have equivalent experience.   This class is designed to cover the fundamentals of sailboat racing, and will include classroom instruction, on-the-water instruction, drills, and actual races. These closely-coached classes will cover starting, buoy rounding, boat speed, tactics, strategy, and the rules of racing.

Participants will have the opportunity to compete in youth regattas elsewhere in New England. 

R300: Racing 11-16

Ages 11 - 16; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $295
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This course is for students with previous racing experience and would like to sharpen their current racing skills. It is open to all students, ages 11-16, who have successfully completed R100 or R200 or have equivalent experience. 

This class is designed to cover all aspects of sailboat racing, and will include classroom instruction, on-the-water instruction, drills, and actual races. These closely-coached classes will cover starting, buoy rounding, boat speed, tactics, strategy, and the rules of racing. More advanced students will be coached in more advanced go-fast and tactical skills. 

Participants will have the opportunity to compete in youth regattas elsewhere in New England. 

303: Advanced Seamanship

Ages 13-16; 5 sessions; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee $295
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This course is for those students who have successfully completed the Level Three class, or have equivalent experience. Attendees must be approved by the head instructor before registering. Please contact Head Instructor Ben Crosby . This class for 13-16 year olds is taught in Vanguard 420's, Sonar keelboats, and assorted other boats for day trips. The aim of this class is for our most advanced sailors to develop advanced skills and to demonstrate their understanding and ability. The course may include; full day adventures in keel boats, field trip to marine patrol, teaching sailing concepts to younger sailors, learning land and water drills, planning and facilitation of fun Friday and experience rigging, sailing and racing a J80 sailboat.

601: After-School Sailing

Ages 8-16;  4 sessions over a 2-week period.  Afternoons from 4PM to 7PM;  Fee: $99
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This program was added to give our kids a chance to go sailing before school lets out!  All sailing abilities are welcome;   We will divide attendees up by age and experience.  The objectives and curriculum will be similar to our regular classes, described above.  New students will receive a discount when they later enroll in all-day classes during our regular season.

 

R400: LWSA Youth Racing Club

 

Ages 8-18; Fee $350 for the whole season
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This is an opportunity for our racing students to further develop their skills. The LWSA racing club is a two day a week program that will run throughout our summer season (requires a minimum number of 6 participants to be run.) The team will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-12:30 as well as selected regatta dates. The race club will give participants more coaching, more practice, and the ability to travel and represent the LWSA in off-the-lake regattas. Eligible students will have completed the Racing class, Level 3 class, or have equivalent experience. If interested in participating, or if you have questions, please contact us. Students will race in a combination of Optimist dinghies, Vanguard 420s and the new O'pen Bic boats.

900: Summer Finale!    NEW

Ages 8-16;  One-week.  full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $295
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A laid-back week of sailing to wrap up the summer!  All prior sailing school students are welcome.  The week will be a mix of instruction, competition (racing or LWSA Olympics), and quality time on the boats!  A fun way to wrap up Summer 2019!

Students will be grouped by age and experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Youth Classes Schedule 2019 

Please note that all dates, classes, and prices are subject to change.

Here are some easy links so you know basic requirementswhat you need to bring to Sailing School, rules of conduct, and our location .

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