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? You can with our Learn to Sail Summer Camp Program! 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 Fort Monroe Community Pier. From middle school beginners to intermediate sailors, to those who wish to move on to High School Sailing, we’ve got the fun and knowledgeable staff ready to make your sailing dreams come true. Camp is open to all rising 6TH through 10TH graders, no matter your experience level. We offer 8 beginner sessions and are excited to announce new this year, 2 intermediate sessions.

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.

Sign Up Today!

Ready to sail? Sign up early to reserve your spot in class!

We have 8 half-day sessions from June through August with morning and afternoon options.*
Morning sessions run from 8:30am – noon.
Afternoon sessions run from 1:00 – 4:30pm.
Each session runs for 2 weeks, Monday – Friday.


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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