Elementary Beginners

Learn to Sail classes for Elementary (8yrs) to 7th Grade ($250)

*** 8th – 12th grade check out our High School Beginner class

*** Adults check out the private lessons

*** We also offer Summer Camp

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We have two class times to choose from: Thursdays 3:30-6pm and Saturdays from Mar. 6th (11:30 – 2pm). The course runs for 8 consecutive weeks (weather and events permitting).

What will we be learning?

We will be learning how sailboats work, about the wind, rigging and terminology.  We will start by learning to steer near shore and practice the movements for tacking. In each class we’ll review what we learned before and practice.  During the 8 weeks we’ll learn to sail on a “reach” and to “tack” (turn) and progress to sailing “upwind” and “downwind” and “gybing”.  We will also learn to right the boat after a capsize, lots of sailing terminology, and how to tie knots. 

If you decide to continue your sailing experience with us, the first month of regular classes are free after graduation from the beginner class! Just become a LEYSF member ($75) and join us on the water!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask:  info@leysf.org

Students learn in a class environment and then put their skills into practice on the water. LEYSF provides boats and great instructors, you just need to:

  • be aged 8-13 (older kids here), and able to swim, 
  • bring a life jacket,
  • water shoes that keep your toes covered (no flip-flops),
  • water bottle,
  • sunblock,
  • quick-dry shorts and shirt,
  • towel
  • Helmets are suggested for beginner class.  Bicycle and skateboard helmets are great.  There are sailing helmets available too.

Covid Safety – We stay outside and we keep our face-coverings on while ashore, on a boat with another sailor, or if the coach is assisting. Single-handed sailors may lower their masks/buffs while sailing. We follow current CDC and Lake County guidelines.

Please fill out this form to reserve your place. (Classes are limited to 6 students so you may be placed on a waiting list)