“This is awesome! This is LIFE!” ~Sail Sand Point camper, 2012
Sail Sand Point strives to make our summer camps THE most fun way to experience sailing and paddling for the first time, to master new skills in intermediate classes, to cross the finish line in your first race, or to just hang out on the water with friends. Camps are offered over a 10-week period, from late June to the end of August, for full days or half days to accommodate varying schedules. Sail Sand Point is pleased to be able to offer scholarships so that anyone can play on the water. Consider applying if you have limited financial resources, are hesitant about the cost of camp, are registering several children in one family, or have a child who would like to participate in several classes. See our Scholarships page to learn more and to apply!
Every SSP Instructor is US Sailing Level 1 certified, CPR/First Aid/AED certified, has passed the WA Boater Safety Course, and has passed a WA state background check. Many instructors have years of personal sailing and teaching experience, as well as an intimate knowledge of SSP’s programs and teaching philosophy; “Safety, Fun, and Learning.” Sailors who feel safe, can have fun. And sailors who are having fun will continue to learn!
See descriptions of the camps below or view our 2017 Program Book to see see the camps that are available for the upcoming season. Registration opens February 1st. Please note that if there is a discrepancy between dates listed in the program catalog and online registration, the dates listed in online registration are correct. Please review our Refund & Privacy Policies before registering.
Sail Sand Point is thrilled to offer summer camps in four locations in the greater Seattle area! Locations and registration links are below. Please note: SSP can only offer certain camps (Youth/Opti and Cruising Camps) at our satellite locations.
- Sail Sand Point’s primary campus in Magnuson Park, northeast Seattle: Registration opens February 1st.
- Kirkland’s Waverly Beach Park: Register through Kirkland Parks & Rec. Registration opens March 16th.
- Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Park: Register through Mercer Island Parks & Rec. Registration opens February 4th.
- Corinthian Yacht Club at Shilshole Marina: Register through CYC. Registration opens February 1st.
Sail, Paddle, Play Series: Ages 8-17
Ages 8-12 Explorers is a great camp for young kids to take with their friends, or to make new friends. After learning the basics of water and boating safety, campers spend the week using catamarans, kayaks, and SUPs to explore and enjoy Lake Washington. No prior on-the-water experience is necessary. This camp meets for a full day for one week.
Ages 13-17 One of our most popular camps for teenagers. This course mixes sailing and paddling opportunities using catamarans, kayaks, and SUPs. Adventure Camp seeks to explore Lake Washington, and to get kids out on the water and having fun. No prior on-the-water experience is necessary. This camp meets for a full day for one week.
Cruising Camp – NEW!
Ages 12-15 This exciting camp utilizes SSP’s new J/24 keelboat, Silver Lining, as a vehicle for cruising and exploring Lake Washington. Participants will learn the basics of sailing as a team on a keelboat, and then set off on a new adventure each day. No prior sailing experience is necessary for Cruising Camp. This camp meets for a full day for one week.
Climb and Sail Camp – NEW!
Ages 8-12 Join the Mountaineers and Sail Sand Point for a week of fun and adventure in Magnuson Park! Each day the group will spend half their time with the Mountaineers climbing and the other half with SSP sailing and paddling on Lake Washington. Students will learn the basics of climbing and boating, and important skills such as knots, belaying, rappelling, and navigation, through a wide range of games, and activities. No prior climbing or on-the-water experience is necessary.
Learn to Sail: Ages 5-8
Mommy (or Daddy) and Me
This class encourages adults to share in a unique learning experience with a young, beginning sailor. Instructors will introduce students to sailing on the Hobie Wave, a fun and stable learning platform. The class supports spending quality time on a boat with your child. Adults can be beginner sailors or have previous experience.The goal of this class is to keep everyone comfortable, smiling, and enjoying their time on the water. This camp meets for two consecutive weekend afternoons OR a half day for one week. Please check the dates carefully when selecting your session. Tuition is for the adult/child pair. There is no swim test for this class.
Through lake exploration and games, our Jr. Opti camp makes learning to sail safe and fun. The goal of this camp is to give kids a sense of confidence on the boat and a love for sailing and the water. There are two sailors in each Opti, giving them a chance to meet new friends and share the fun! This camp meets for a half day for one week.
Learn to Sail: Ages 8-12
Youth Beginner- Starting to Sail Solo
This camp introduces and reaffirms the basics of sailing a small boat to kids by putting them in the driver’s seat of their own Opti sailboat. The main focus of this repeatable camp is the development of basic skills for a strong sailing foundation. By the end of camp most sailors will be able to put together an Opti and have some control of the boat in light breeze. This camp is a good fit for brand new sailors and returning beginning sailors alike.This camp meets for a full day for one week.
Youth Intermediate- Picking Up Speed
A good fit for sailors who are exceedingly familiar with all topics introduced in Youth Beginner, this camp draws on what beginning sailors already know and introduces increasingly advanced concepts. The goal by the end of camp is to have all sailors comfortable sailing upwind and downwind in medium breeze, and ready to check-out an Opti in Open Boating. Prerequisite: Youth Beginner (or equivalent).
See Racing Camps! (below)
Learn to Sail: Ages 12-17
Teen Beginner- Intro to Team Sailing
This camp, for brand-new sailors 12 and over, or those transitioning out of Optis, is taught in multi-handed boats that require teamwork to sail. Alongside the development of basic sailing skills, the main focuses of this repeatable camp are cooperation and team building. Sailors will build these useful sailing (and life!) skills through activities both on and off the water. Our aim is to encourage all participants to enjoy themselves and improve their sailing in a social environment. Class will be taught in Flying Juniors and RS Quests. Three sessions for high schoolers only, and one session for girls only. No prior sailing experience is necessary. This camp meets for a full day for one week OR for a half day for two weeks. Please check the dates carefully when selecting your session.
Teen Intermediate- Full Speed Ahead
Teen Intermediate is a good fit for sailors who are comfortably at a beginner level and are excited to build their sailing and teamwork skills in a challenging double-handed boat (the Flying Junior). The goal by the end of camp is to have all sailors comfortable sailing upwind and downwind in medium breeze, and ready to check-out a FJ in Open Boating. Prerequisite: Teen Beginner (or equivalent). This camp meets for a full day for one week.
Sailing into STEM
Ages 12-15 This camp combines the fun of learning to sail with science and discovery, and is perfect for new or returning sailors with a curious mind. Along with the development of basic sailing skills, learn how physics and simple machines, and the natural forces of wind and water, power a sailboat. This camp utilizes our Launch modules which introduce middle school level science and math concepts. No prior sailing experience is necessary for Sailing Into STEM. This camp meets for one week for a full day.
STEM Sailing Camps at SSP are taught using US Sailing’s STEM Education Program, REACH, which was developed to use sailing as an educational platform for middle-school age youth. The curriculum is aligned with the National Education Standards for science and math and features inquiry-based learning and engineering by design processes, to provide youth with hands-on, integrated, and authentic learning experiences that inspire interest in fields of study and careers in physics, marine biology, robotics, technology, and more.
FJ and Laser Racing
See Racing Camps! (below)
Performance Sailing: Ages 12-17
These camps are a great choice for sailors ages 12-17 who have intermediate sailing skills to take the next step in new and exciting boats. Participants should already have taken Teen Intermediate, Youth Intermediate, or equivalent. Please note: Sailors must weigh at least 95 lbs to participate.
Designed to get sailors working together as a team on a performance keelboat, this camp uses SSP’s SB3s (a 20’ sport boat) and is a great place for intermediate sailors interested in sailing fast on a bigger boat. Sailors will learn the different roles of the crew on a big boat and will work with an on-board instructor to learn the basics of the boat and how to fly an asymmetrical spinnaker. This camp meets for a full day for one week.
This camp is ideal for intermediate sailors who enjoy the self-confidence of sailing by themselves. The Laser is the most prolific one-person dinghy in the world, and for good reason; this simple, yet challenging boat is the perfect blend of speed and maneuverability. This camp covers everything from rigging, to techniques and tricks, to proper weight placement and balance. This camp meets for a full day for one week.
Hobie 16 Sailing
This camp is ideal for intermediate sailors who are looking to try a more challenging boat. The Hobie 16 is a fast and exciting boat that handles quite differently than the Flying Junior or Laser. This camp will teach sailors how to sail the Hobie 16 safely and introduce them to the basic techniques of sailing a performance catamaran. This camp meets for a full day for one week.
Racing Camps: Ages 8-17
Learning to race is an excellent avenue for both competitive and non-competitive youth sailors to keep sailing challenging and fun! This is a great spot for youth to become more involved at Sail Sand Point and spend time with other youth who want to continue learning on the water.
Ages 8-13 Sailors who join this camp will be introduced to the basics of racing sailboats and by the end of the two weeks will be competing with each other on the water. Participants must be able to sail an Opti, or equivalent boat, successfully upwind and downwind, in breeze up to 10 knots, and tack and gybe correctly. In this camp sailors will explore racing rules and tactics. They will begin to be aware of the environment surrounding the boat as sailing it becomes second nature. Enrollment in SPOT is included with this race camp, so sailors can keep racing all summer! Prerequisite: Youth Intermediate (or equivalent). Ages 8-13. This camp meets in the afternoon (1-4 PM) for two weeks.
Ages 13-17 Sailors who join this camp will be introduced to the basics of racing sailboats and by the end of the two weeks will be competing with each other on the water. Participants must be comfortable sailing an FJ, or equivalent double-handed boat, upwind and downwind, in breeze up to 10 knots, and tack and gybe correctly. This camp uses FJs, but may also introduce Lasers as a fun single-handed racing platform. Enrollment in SPYS is included with this race camp, so sailors can keep racing all summer! Prerequisite: Teen Intermediate (or equivalent). This camp meets in the afternoon (1-4 PM) for two weeks.