Youth Classes at a glance:

There is a lot you need to know, especially if you've never registered before!
Please fully read Youth Classes at a Glance (this page) and the Gear Requirements. Then use the menu to the right to decide what classes you want and finally register.
Every year we have students arrive with insufficient gear, or who just aren't quite ready for a sport as active as sailing because it wasn't understood just how active it can be. Please help them avoid discomfort by reading thoroughly. -Thank you!

  • Juniors classes are for ages 10-11.
  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 are for minors aged 12-adult.
  • Youths sail two students to a boat, with instructors coaching from powerboats.
  • Pairs of Juniors and Level 1 students are accompanied in their boats by an older JYS Junior Instructor (a Level 2 or 3 student who volunteers to help with intro classes).
  • All classes are one week long (unless noted). Juniors are half days (mornings) 8:15-11:45 (drop off after 8:00, pick up before noon). Level 1s are half days (afternoons) 1:15-4:45, drop off after 1:00, pick up before 5:00. Level 2 and Level 3 long-day classes are 9:00-3:00, drop off after 8:45 and pick up before 3:15, and include a lunch time (send a lunch!).
  • Juniors and Level 1 classes are $200. Level 2 and Level 3 classes are $280 (shortened weeks are less).
  • Scholarships are available!
  • Classes meet at the Juneau Yacht Club. Map.
  • Send your kids with a standard life jacket (not an inflatable) that fits them. We have some emergency loaners, but not enough for all.
  • Students wear drysuits provided by JYS while on the water. A swim test and a capsize drill will take place on Day One. These involve swimming in the Channel, and capsizing and righting a dinghy.
  • The drysuits have five latex gaskets that come into direct contact with skin. We do not currently have a way to accommodate students with latex allergies, as it is present in all of our suits.
  • Students will get wet through their participation in sailing classes, possibly up to the point of full submersion. If any part of your child truly cannot get wet, we do not recommend risking participation in this program.
  • Sailing is an active, fast-paced sport that requires athleticism and the ability to pay attention and respond quickly to one's surroundings. There will be swimming. Boats will tip over. We don't want to scare anyone off, but it's important that parents and students realize how active this activity is and are prepared for it.
  • Students must wear long sleeves and pants under their dry suits even on hot days.
  • See the full class descriptions to decide for what classes your child should register.

Quick link: Gear Requirements