Course Descriptions:

Where to start? Both the Juniors and Level 1 classes are appropriate for absolute beginners or somewhat experienced sailors --size and age are the determining factor in deciding between the two (little kids go with little kids). For anyone 12 and up, starting at Level 1 is recommended even if a person has already taken Juniors, or has some experience sailing other boats (you still need to learn how a 420 dinghy works).

Repetition: We strongly recommend repetition of classes, as practice is vitally important. Almost no-one takes Level 1 just once and then goes straight to Level 2. Kids under 13 especially are discouraged from doing this (though some can manage it). Similarly, a person who has taken Level 2 just once is probably better-off taking Level 2 again before trying Level 3, though that's less consistently true.

Juniors Classes
-are for children 10-11 years old. Pairs of juniors are accompanied in the boats by a qualified JYS Junior Instructor under the supervision of the actual JYS instructors in motorized safety boats. This class focuses on introducing students to boats, basic sailing, and marine safety. [See also weight and age limits.] Juniors classes are mornings 8:15-11:45.

Level 1 Classes
-are for youths 12-18 years old. Pairs of sailors operate their dinghy under the supervision of JYS instructors in motorized safety boats. This class focuses on fully introducing students to the mechanics of sailing and boating, with emphasis on tacking and jibing, boathandling, and seamanship, as well as situational awareness, efficiency, teamwork, windless and rudderless-sailing, and an introduction to racing if desired. Level 1 classes are afternoons 1:15 to 4:45.

Level 2 Classes
-are for youths 12-18 years old who have graduated Level 1 or who are already experienced sailors. Most students (especially 12-year-olds) need to take Level 1 at least twice before trying Level 2. There are no Junior Instructors helping out in Level 2. This class focuses on independence, refinement of skills, windless and rudderless sailng, tips and tricks, and perhaps some Level 3 ideas. Level 2 classes are all-day, 9:00 to 3:00.

Level 3 Classes
-are for youths 12-18 years old who have taken Level 2 at least once and who feel pretty good about their boathandling. Most students are 13-14, with a few in their mid-teens. This class focuses on further refinement of skills, like dry-capsizing, synchronization and roll-tacking, as well as racing theory, spinnakers and trapeze harnesses. Level 3 classes are all-day, 9:00 to 3:00.

Adult Classes
-are for Adults 18 and over, but since our youth classes tend to be pretty young, older teens 16 and up sometimes prefer an adult class. They are one-day, all-day intensive courses. Classes are tailored to the needs of students-- as such, you can be highly experienced or completely new. Parent/Guardian-teenager combinations are just fine. Adult classes are all-day 9:00 to 3:00, usually on a Saturday. They are not held regularly. Click here to learn more about adult classes.