Learn to Sail

Discover the Wonder of Sailing
Want to experience the pure joy of learning how to glide across the water in a sailboat, increase your skills as a sailor or learn the fundamentals of racing? You can with our Learn to Sail Summer Courses! As the wind catches your sails, you’ll work with our certified sailing instructors to navigate, operate and collaborate on the protected waters of Mill Creek at the Community Pier. From middle school beginners to intermediate sailors, to those who wish to move on the High School Sailing and adults who want to learn to sail with family and friends, we’ve got the fun and knowledgeable staff ready to make your sailing dreams come true.

The fun continues on-shore with hands-on activities from Reach, US Sailing’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education initiative for middle school students.

We’re a designated US Sailing Community Sailing Center and open to the public. We thrive on local involvement and diversity by partnering with Boys and Girls Club and City of Hampton Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services, and Alternatives, Inc. Everyone should have access to the wonder of sailing—for those in need, please ask us about our scholarships made possible by generous community grants.

View our complete Learn to Sail Program Guide
for more detailed information.

Swimming Requirements
For safety, all sailors are required to pass a basic swimming check on their first day. The test includes a 25-yard swim without the assistance of a life jacket and 3 minutes of treading or floating on the water with a life jacket. Parents, please understand that if your child does not pass they will not be able to continue with camp.

If you’re unsure about your child’s ability to pass a check or they need swimming lessons, please contact learntosail@youthsailingva.org to learn about LTS², our Learn to Swim to Learn to Sail community-based initiative.

Our Courses


Family/Friends Learn to Sail

Last year we introduced a Family Learn to Sail course that was so successful we had to turn people away. This year we’ve added lots more dates to choose from, but don’t wait too long because spaces will fill up.

One adult and one child or for those who don’t have family to sail with, sign up with a friend! Get out of the house this summer, soak up the sun and take in the beauty of Mill Creek at Fort Monroe and learn to sail together in a fun filled three day course.

Learn in our newly acquired Hunter 140s which offer more room for adults and a great way to start before advancing to FJs if so desired.

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Beginner Learn to Sail

Beginner Sailing with STEM is a great way for your child to spend some time “unplugged” while learning basic skills of sailing. Students will learn water safety, weather, knots, rigging, de-rigging, points of sail, sailing maneuvers, use of telltales and much more. Using sailing as a platform for STEM, our in-classroom instruction complements and reinforces lessons learned on the water.

Our two-week course offers morning sessions only for beginners.

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Intermediate Learn to Sail

Grow your skills as a sailor with us! Students who have satisfactorily completed a beginner course are eligible for the Intermediate Course. Intermediate classes will build upon the boat handling skills learned in beginner session with instruction complemented by four STEM modules: weather, wind, current and tides. Space is limited.

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Small Boat Sailor Certification

Exclusively for our sailors interested in honing skills already learned in beginner and intermediate courses. Earn you Small Boat Sailor Certification and the Little Red Book marking you as an accomplished sailor all over the world. In addition, after completing this course your child will become Youth Members of US Sailing and have access to the Skill Up app and other member benefits.

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Intro to Racing

New this year is our Intro to Racing course. For all you sailors ready to lean about racing…this is the course for you! Our instructors will cover a wide range of topics that will prepare you for competition, from starts and finishes to
right-of-way and scoring and so much more.

To take this course your sailor must have completed Intermediate Learn to Sail and/or Small Boat Sailor Certification with Your Sailing Virginia or approved sailing school.

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What are you waiting for?
Sign up today and let the wind guide you to discovering a lifelong passion for sailing.


STEM & Sailing


For More Information

Please contact Rose Hobart at learntosail@youthsailingva.org for registration information, or 757-602-0020.
Scholarships are available. If your student requires a full-day camp, please inquire with Rose.

Is your sailor interested sailing with our high school sailing program? Learn more here.

*There is a minimum of 6 sailors per session required. Spots are limited, so sign up today!*

Community Sailing Center

REACH - STEM Education Initiative

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