Youth Classes at a glance:

[!!Please also read Youth Classes at a Glance and Gear Requirements before registering!!]

There is a lot you need to know, especially if you've never registered before! Every year we have students arrive with insufficient gear, or who just aren't quite ready for a sport as robust as sailing because it wasn't understood just how active it can be. Please help them avoid discomfort by reading thoroughly -Thank you!

  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 are for minors aged 12-17.
  • Youths sail two students to a boat, with instructors coaching from powerboats.
  • Level 1 classes may be assisted by Junior Instructors in their boats (Level 2 or 3 students who volunteer to help with intro classes).
  • All classes are four days long from 8:30 - 4:00 (Drop off between 8:15 and 8:30, and pick up between 4:00 and 4:15).
  • All classes are $300 unless noted (shortened weeks are less).
  • Scholarships are available! Just ask.
  • Classes meet at the Juneau Yacht Club (Map) in space donated to us by that organization.
  • 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 at the dock 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 latex is present in all of our loaner suits.
  • Students will get wet through their participation in sailing classes, possibly 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. Snap decisions will need to be made. There will be swimming. Boats will tip over. We don't want to scare anyone off, it's good fun, but it's important that parents and students realize how active this activity is and are ready 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