Summer Camps

Discover the Wonder of Sailing

Want your child 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? They can with our Learn to Sail Summer Camps! 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 beginners to intermediate sailors, to those who wish to move on the High School Sailing, we’ve got the fun and knowledgeable staff ready to make your sailing dreams come true.

The fun continues onshore with hands-on activities from Reach, US Sailing’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education initiatives.

We’re a designated US Sailing Community Sailing Center and open to the public. We thrive on local involvement and diversity through partnerships with organizations that share YSV’s mission, vision, and values.  Everyone should have access to the wonder of sailing—for those in need, please apply for a partial or full grant for the course fees!

Financial assistance is available on first come, first served basis, please complete the request form for consideration.


New Discounts!

$25 OFF Military Discount
$25 OFF Multiple Sibling Discounts

To get your discount code, please contact us before registering. or 757-778-1335

Our Courses

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Pram Camp

New – Youth Sailing Virginia was awarded a generous grant from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to purchase six brand-new Prams. These boats are perfect trainers for younger students and YSV can now open its doors for students ages 8 and up.  In this camp, young students will get to sail every day and participate in land and water-based activities that will teach them the basics of sailing, safety, and seamanship.

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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 one-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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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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Water Safety and Survival

Designed for Non-Swimmers!

Water Smarts:

  • Know your limitations, including physical fitness, medical conditions.
  • Never swim alone; swim with lifeguards and/or water watchers present.
  • Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket appropriate for your weight and size and the water activity. Always wear a life jacket while boating, regardless of swimming skill.
  • Swim sober.
  • Understand the dangers of hyperventilation and hypoxic blackout.
  • Know how to call for help.
  • Understand and adjust for the unique risks of the water environment you are in, such as:
    • River currents.
    • Tidal Currents.
    • Ocean rip currents.
    • Water temperature.
    • Shallow or unclear water.
    • Underwater hazards, such as vegetation and animals.


Basic Swimming Introduction

  1. Enter water that’s over your head, then return to the surface.
  2. Float or tread water for at least 1 minute.
  3. Turn over and turn around in the water.
  4. Swim at least 25 yards.
  5. Exit the water.

Opportunities to go powerboating and sailing in the protected waters of Mill Creek are included in the course!

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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 YSV at for registration information, or 757-778-1335.

Please consider donating to help us meet our growing demand for students reliant on scholarships.

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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