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For the past 25 years Orcas youth ages 8-15 have been introduced to the sport of sailing through this popular program. The program focuses on teaching sailing skills in a safe, fun environment. With a variety of boats including Lasers, Flying Juniors and Bics the program can accommodate beginners and experienced sailors anxious to expand their skills. The venue is the protected waters of Westsound on Orcas Island. This is a great place for the kids because there is little boat traffic and the waves and chop are minimal.
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We offer youth sailing classes for ages 5 and up from late June through the end of August here in West Sound. For ages 5 to 7, we have a Fun on the Water, for 8 and up we teach beginner lessons, and once kids have had a few weeks of beginner classes and are feeling comfortable in the boat, we offer intermediate and advanced options. We also have youth racing options for those sailors who want to sail competitively.
Fun on the Water: This is a class for kids ages 5 to 7 who want to hang out at the beach, learn about boats and sea creatures, and get comfortable being on the water. Giving kids this early experience with boats as something fun makes the transition to a Learn to Sail class much easier and less daunting. While this class is a great way to get kids ready for Learn to Sail, it is not a substitute for taking the beginner class.
Our morning sessions are from 9am to 12pm and our afternoon session is from 1pm to 4pm. Unless you have specific permission from the head instructor, only sign up for a morning or afternoon session, not both. Instructors need that hour to get boats and gear switched out for the next class and prepare for the afternoon.
A well prepared sailor has their towel, water compatible shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, a dry change of clothes, water, and snacks ready to go. Sailors are welcome to bring their own life jacket but it must be coast guard approved and appropriate for the child's size and age. We have plenty of wetsuits and lifejackets to use for no cost.
We are a volunteer-run, non-profit foundation that exists to share the joy of sailing. In addition to providing adult and youth lessons, we offer affordable boat access to members, and we sponsor and lead Orcas’ successful youth and teen racing teams that compete at a regional and national level.