Class Descriptions:

Where to start? Level 1 is appropriate for absolute beginners or even somewhat experienced sailors who want a refresher, or for anyone who has some experience sailing other kinds of boats but not the 420 dinghies JYS uses .

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. Anyone who took Juniors in 2019 should sign up for Level 1 in 2021.

How critical is this anyway? We try to tailor classes and individual instruction to each student as much as possible. Your goal in placement should be to put your child with students of similar age, maturity, and experience level. We don't want them to be bored with old material, but we also don't want kids to feel overwhelmed. Everyone probably needs a review at this point, and it's more important to not put kids in classes that are too advanced than it is to not put kids in classes that are too easy.

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, boat-handling, and seamanship, as well as situational awareness, efficiency, teamwork and an introduction to racing if desired.  (Drop off between 8:15 and 8:30, and pick up between 4:00 and 4:15.)

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. This class focuses on independence, refinement of skills, windless and rudderless sailing, tips and tricks, and perhaps some Level 3 ideas. (Drop off between 8:15 and 8:30, and pick up between 4:00 and 4:15.)

Level 3 Classes
-are for youths 12-18 years old who have taken Level 2 at least once (twice is usually better) and who feel pretty good about their boat-handling. Most students are 13-14, with a few in their mid-teens. This class focuses on further refinement of skills, dry-capsizing, synchronization and roll-tacking, as well as racing theory, spinnakers, and trapeze harnesses. (Drop off between 8:15 and 8:30, and pick up between 4:00 and 4:15.)

Adult Classes
-are for Adults 18 and over, but since our youth classes tend to be pretty young, older teens 16 and up who need an introduction 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.