Anytime 5-Day Sailing Camp: 8-12 yrs


Anytime Sailing Camp 8-12 years old

Price Per Person: $349

  • Ages 8-12
  • 5-8 campers in each camp
  • 3hrs each day from 9am – noon
  • Swimming, playing, paddling, learning to sail Optimist
  • We may also sail the larger boats or go on powerboats given the current conditions

What are we learning?

We learn basics of sailing on the same boats our sailing team sail and we get out on the big boats too. A week of jam packed water sports fun.Taught by Hatteras Sailing Coaches and junior sailors as assistant coaches. We learn to sail and have lots of fun with a variety of activities including. Each day of camp includes chalk talk, land drills, instructor demonstration, on the water instruction, snack time, and a de-brief. While we aim to offer a variety of instructional activities, nothing is a substitute for getting into a boat and learning to sail. The main focus of all our instructional activities will be maximizing time on the water. We play and experience a variety of boats depending on the weather conditions.

Learn to sail camps will be lead by a trained Optimist Coach. We will focus on basic knowledge, safety, and boat handling skills. We have fun and our goal is that your sailor will leave the week wanting to come back and sail again with us or at your local sailing club back home. Each sailor is provided with a skills progression chart that the coaches will use to communicate with the parents. As the student masters the skills, coaches will initial sign off on that skill.

Weather Policy: We try to move and groove through the week to find weather and match the instructional hours. Once we start camp, no partial refunds and we work on alternate days/times or alternate material that can be accomplished in the current weather.


We need to have 5 minimum campers to run the camp. Please complete this form and when we have 4 campers for your week, we will send you a payment link.

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    Boat Handling Skills included Beginner I and Beginner II

    Beginner sailing for this age group is taught on the Optimist. Wind speeds here on Hatteras are quite strong and gusty which makes for exciting sailing, but it can be a challenge for coaching little beginners. We have an alternate ‘pond’ location that is protected, less gusty, and shallow. It is surrounded by land on almost every side so that the sailors cannot sail out into the sound. We use this as an alternate location for beginners when the wind is too heavy. In addition, sometimes we mix it up and do more adventure camp things when the weather is not favorable for learning to sail. It is expected that sailors will continue to repeat Beginner Sailing until they reach competence/confidence and our coaches sign off on the set of skills outlined. We do our best to make the experience fun and diverse enough to keep the sailors wanting to come back. We often take ‘play breaks’ for paddleboarding swimming, playing, etc.

    Each sailor is provided with a skills progression chart that the coaches will use to communicate with the parents. As the student masters the skills, coaches will initial sign off on that skill. Skills in Beginner I are prerequisite for moving up to Beginner II. A sailor must master all of these skills before being invited to sail with our development team.  It is recommended to repeat our weekly beginner sailing camps until these skills are mastered. We’ve learned through experience that intensive weekly instruction helps our sailors hurdle these basic boat handling skills more quickly and builds confidence better than Once or Twice per week instruction – particularly at younger ages. In addition, sailing is a sport that becomes more and more fun as your boat handling skills and confidence increase. Not only do sailors enjoy it more, but they feel safer and more confident sailing.

    Beginner I Skills

    • rigging / boat parts
    • wind awareness: direction & speed
    • basic knots: square knot, bowline, figure 8, double overhand stopper, clove hitch
    • capsize & recovery
    • proper sailing posture and body position
    • points of sail
    • sailing light conditions on beam reach
    • upwind in light conditions
    • downwind in light conditions
    • tacking/jibing in light conditions

    Beginner II Skills

    • review all the above for competence, confidence
    • points of sail
    • proper sailing posture and body position
    • capsize & recovery in moderate to heavy conditions
    • sail while you bail
    • sailing beach reach in moderate conditions
    • tacking moderate conditions
    • close haul sailing in moderate to heavy conditions
    • downwind sailing in moderate to heavy conditions


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