Youth Summer Sailing Camp

This is Knot Your Typical Youth Summer Sailing Camp!

Youth summer sailing is now in Newport News! We partnered with our nonprofit organization, Coastal Shores Inc., to offer youth summer sailing camp in Hampton Roads. Our camp is open to the public and is for ages 5 to 13. No matter if child has never seen a boat before or has spent some time on the water, this is a summer camp that your child can learn and have fun to promote lifelong sailing skills.

Your child will experience the James River like never before! Classes run from 8:30am to 3:30pm. We will break for lunch typically around noon. You may pack your sailor a lunch or pre-purchase a Snack Pack from our Ship Store for just $5/day (we will try to accommodate every food allergy, but please speak to the General Manager first). We recommend River Guppies bring a snack in addition to lunch. This year, we are offering scholarships for our program! Check out more information below.

Break out your pirate gear and your best pirate talk for Pirate Days on Wednesdays! We will even have Parent Day on Friday so parents can come take pictures of their kids, while they show off their new sailing skills! Check out the Sumer Camp Handbook below for complete details about these exciting days!

Our sailing instructors are US Sailing Instructor Level 1 certified, CPR and First Aid certified, and US Center SafeSport certified. Our General Manager is US Sailing Coaching Level 3 certified, CPR and First Aid certified, and US Center SafeSport certified.


2022 Summer Camp Handbook


Registration for 2023 will open February of 2023! If you are using a credit card, there will be a 3% processing fee. If you are paying by cash or check, please note we will only hold your spot for 7 days. If we do not receive payment within those 7 days, your slot will be forfeited. Also, if you are registering more than one child, you need to complete separate registration forms for multiple children.

Registering 3 or more children or registering for 3 or more classes and receive 10% off total! Please email to receive discount code if you have 3 or more children. If you are registering for 3 or more classes, the discount appears automatically.


River Guppies: Ages 5 – 7
River Otters: Ages 8 – 13


8:30am – 3:30pm


Early Bird Registration
(Before April 30th):
Regular Registration: $275
(Scholarships Available, See Below for More Info)

Kids are never too young to start sailing, especially at our summer camp! River Guppies are for 5 to 7 year olds and is an introductory class for soon-to-be sailors. The primary focus is fun while gaining confidence on the water. Sailors will be sailing on our Optimists. You may sign up for just one week or multiple weeks. Class minimum of 3 sailors in order to host the class.


Week 2: June 27 – July 1

Week 4: July 18 – July 22

Week 6: August 1 – August 5

River Otters are for 8 to 13 year olds and is an entry beginner class that introduces sailors to the basics of sailing. This summer camp class teaches sailors the basic rigging fundamentals, seamanship, water safety, and confidence in sailing all points of sail. Sailors will be sailing on our Optimists. On days of no wind, we will go kayaking! You may sign up for just one week or multiple weeks. Class minimum of 3 sailors in order to host the class.


Week 1: June 20 – June 24

Week 3: July 11 – July 15

Week 5: July 25 – July 29

Week 7: August 8 – August 12

The nonprofit organization, Coastal Shores Inc., & Deep Creek Landing are proud to sponsor a scholarship, RCA Scholarship, to allow children (ages 5-13) to participate in our summer camp. This year, Towne Bank will also be sponsoring a child for our summer sailing camp! 

Please review the application below, we would like all applications in by June 10th, 2022. If you have any questions please call (757) 877-9555 or email

Scholarship Application

Swim Test: All sailors must pass a 50 yard swim test and 3 minute water tread. For the River Guppies, this test will be done with life jackets on at all times. River Otters must demonstrate skills without a life jacket on.

Items Needed for Camp: sunscreen and sunscreen stick, reusable water bottle, US Coast Guard approved life jacket with a whistle, closed-toe shoes (Crocs acceptable), bathing suit and clothing for outdoors, a towel, and a lunch (if not pre-purchasing from the Ship Store).

Cancellation Policy

Course fees are refundable no later than two weeks prior to the start of your sailor’s session. No refunds will be made for missed days or dismissal from the program for disciplinary reasons. If you find someone to take your slot prior to the start of camp, you will receive a refund minus a $50 processing fee.

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