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 camps in Hampton Roads. Our camp is open to the public and is for ages 5 to 13. No matter if a child has never seen a boat or has spent some time on the water, this summer camp is where 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). This year, we are offering scholarships for our program! We have a new class this year! River Ospreys! 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 to 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, CPR and First Aid, and US Center SafeSport certified. Our General Manager is US Sailing Coaching Level 3, CPR and First Aid certified, and US Center SafeSport certified.
Registration will open for 2024 in February! If you use 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. Your slot will be forfeited if we do not receive a payment within those 7 days. Also, if you register more than one child, you must 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive discount code if you have 3 or more children. The discount appears automatically if you register for 3 or more classes.
River Guppies: Ages 5 – 7
River Otters: Ages 8 – 13
River Ospreys: Ages 8 – 13
8:30am – 3:30pm
Early Bird Registration
(Before April 30th): $275
Regular Registration: $295
(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 26 – June 30
Week 4: July 17 – July 21
Week 6: July 31 – August 4
River Ospreys are for 8 to 13 year olds and is an intermediate class that introduces sailors to more advanced sailing skills. This summer camp class teaches sailors the more advanced rigging fundamentals, seamanship, water safety, and more advance sailing techniques like learning to sail upwind. 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.
Sailor MUST have taken River Otters twice or get prior approval from Arielle Darrow, General Manager, to register.
Week 3: July 10 – July 14
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 email@example.com.
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).
Course fees are refundable by two weeks before your sailor’s session starts. No refunds will be made for missed days or dismissal from the program for disciplinary reasons. If you find someone to take your slot before the start of camp, you will receive a refund minus a $50 processing fee.