Sail Camp

Sail camp is a fun place to learn new skills.
Sail camp is the perfect way to practice safety and respect in and around boats and the aquatic environment, all the time having great FUN. This lifelong sport develops motor skills while building self-confidence and encouraging teamwork.

We teach the basics to beginning sailors and build on prior experience as they advance through the program. Open to all children ages 6 to 18.

We offer a limited number of needs based scholarships. more information

Each session is taught by US Sailing certified instructors with First Aid and CPR training.

Class Offerings

If you have questions as to what camp your child should be in, please email their birth date, weight, and any other comments to and we will give you our recommendations.

Intermediate Opti - Age 8-12 and under 105 lbs.

Intermediate FJ - Age 11-18 and Over 105 lbs

This camp is designed for campers who have successfully completed Youth, and who have been recommended by their instructors to advance to an Intermediate level.
The purpose of these camps is to provide advanced sailing skills including:

  • Advanced sail trim and steering
  • Sailing upwind
  • Right of way rules
  • Rules of racing
  • Rounding marks
  • Teamwork and cooperation
From this level, individuals may be invited to join a Race Team.
If you are not sure if your child qualified for Intermediate Camp, please email us @

Sept 9th - Oct 9th - $300

Mon & Wed 4:00 PM- 6:30 PM 3:30 Rigging

Register for Intermediate Opti Sail Camp, click HERE

Register for Intermediate FJ Camp, click HERE

Age 6-7 years old

Living in the Northwest we are surrounded by water. It is important that kids learn to enjoy this environment and to be safe The program is a mix of land-based activities and boating activities. We focus on:

  • Enjoying being around the water
  • Learning basic water safety skills.
  • Using games to learn and have a lot of FUN!.
  • How wind and sails work together to make a boat move through the water.
  • Basic knot tying
  • The vocabulary of sailing
Campers must be comfortable with swimming in salt water while wearing a life jacket

Mon-Fri $175 per week

Each Sessions is 3 hrs per day

Morning Sessions 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Afternoon Sessions 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We do not advise signing up for both morning and afternoon sessions.

Register for Guppy Camp, click HERE

Age 8-11 years old and up to 115 lbs.

This camp is specially designed for 8-11 year old kids. We focus on having fun, learning and developing great friendships. Camp is for those with basic to no boating or sailing experience. The goal is to help campers become competent with sailing skills. We focus on:

  • Learning while having lots of FUN!
  • Developing basic water safety skills
  • Being able to tack, gibe, steer, and trim
  • Knot tying
  • Learning unique sailing vocabulary
  • Sail in Opti's and Bic's
Campers must be comfortable with swimming in salt water while wearing a life jacket.

Mon-Fri 9:30-4:00 $350 per week

Register for Youth Sail Camp, click HERE

Age 12-18 years old

This camp is for teenagers. Special training and coaching specific to this group. We focus on:

  • Sailing in double handed sailboats
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Learning to tack, gibe and trim
  • Boat rigging and seamanship
  • And of course, having a lot of FUN together!
Campers must be comfortable with swimming in salt water while wearing a life jacket

Mon-Fri 9:30-4:00 $350 per week

Register for Teen Sail Camp, click HERE

Camp Location
West Shore Marina
3815 N Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor

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It is time to sign up for one of the best Junior Sailing programs. Your child will meet new friends, learn new skills and love being outdoors on the water. Watch them enjoy the thrill of seeing where the wind can take them.


GHYC Junior Sail offers a limited number of needs based scholarships every year for students with a strong desire to learn to sail, but do not have the means to enroll.
For the scholarship application, click HERE.

  • Camper Parent
    "Thanks very much! Our daughter, Olivia, enjoyed Sail Camp so much that she asked to do a third week in July and a fourth week in August. Thanks for making her first experience on little sailboats a great one!"
    Camper Parent
  • Chance
    "going from learning sail to being an instructor and coach for the Gig Harbor Junior Sailing Program was the most rewarding experience. I first learned to sail in 2009 and began racing with GHYC Junior Sail as soon as the team began. Since then, I have also taught learn to sail camps and helped coach the race team. I am currently a sophomore at University of Washington, while trying to find as much time as possible to get on the water with the Husky Sailing Team." Bekah A