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 info@ghycjrsail.org and we will give you our recommendations.

Youth - Age 8-11 and up to 115 lbs.    Mon & Wed

Teen - Age 12-18 and over 115 lbs.   Tues & Thur

     4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Spring sailing camps are designed for returning sailors who want to continue to build their skills in a small group setting. New sailors who are motivated to learn, comfortable with boating and the water, and who don't mind springtime outdoors are also welcome to participate. The goal is to help campers build sailing skills in preparation for summer race team participation. We focus on: We focus on:

  • Developing basic water safety skills
  • Being able to tack, gibe, steer, and trim
  • Sailing in Optis
  • Learning unique sailing vocabulary
  • Learning basic rules and tactics for racing
  • Learning basic boat-handling skills for racing maneuvers
Campers must be comfortable with swimming in salt water while wearing a life jacket.

Spring After School     $300 per Session

     4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Session 1: April 20-May 13
Session 2: May 18-Jun 10

Register for Spring Sail Camp, click HERE


COMING SOON


This will be special weeks of sailing camp during spring break.
Please check back in a few weeks. We are finalizing our plans now

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 and over 115 lbs.

(if camper weighs under 115 lbs please register under Youth Sailing)

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


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

Intermediate Teen - Age 11-18 and Over 105 lbs


This camp is designed for campers who have successfully completed Youth or Teen camp, 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 @ info@ghycjuniorsail.org.

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



Register for Intermediate Opti Sail Camp, click HERE

Register for Intermediate Teen Camp, click HERE


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

Register Now

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.

Scholarships

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
    Chance