Community Sailing of Colorado, or CSC as it is popularly referred to, was established in 1995 on Standley Lake in Westminster, Colorado as a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization was developed by Steven Frank, who recognized the need for a well organized program to promote and educate kids in the Denver area through sailing. Community Sailing of Colorado operates a Youth Summer Sailing Program and Camp for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 17 inside the Cherry Creek Marina & Yacht Club. CSC hosts week-long and two week Learn To Sail Camps, Intermediate Camps, Advanced Camps, Adult Classes and a Summer Drop-In Sailing Program that allows access to sailing after they learn how to sail. CSC’s summer sailing program operates Monday through Friday during the months of June, July and August. Camps are conducted on the Cherry Creek Reservoir in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Youngsters learn basic sailing on Optimists, Prams and Pico’s. Youngsters earn advanced sailing privileges as they earn ratings. With each successive rating Junior sailors can progressively earn the privilege to sail more complex boats, learn racing, sail further from the sailing beaches and help teach others to sail.
CSC has taught over 5,7750 students since its inception with hundreds of students receiving scholarships to participate in the various sailing programs. We are also excited about our new Adaptive Sailing Program for all individuals with disabilities in our community and our Adult Classes.
Community Sailing of Colorado’s Mission: “Make sailing in Colorado accessible to all. Teach skills, build confidence & have fun!”
Community Sailing of Colorado’s Vision: ”Our Community, enriched by the sailing experience.”
Community Sailing of Colorado’s Economic Mission: Provide a summer camp sailing experience to all youth at an affordable cost regardless of parents income. Sliding-scale and full scholarships are available. Learn more about our Scholarship Program.
Community Sailing provides youth with a safe place to learn basic and advanced sailing techniques: and upon learning the basics of sailing provide the use of sailboats to practice sailing and further that knowledge. Instruction is on a practical and theoretical basis. Instruction includes practical on the water classes and practical and theoretical shore classes. Sailing subjects include sailboat handling, right of way rules, marine safety, navigation, meteorology and sailboat racing.
Skills learned in a sailing environment include self-confidence, safety, communication, planning, thoughtful decision making, self-dependence, dependence on crew, trust and other skills that will carry on into a youth’s adult life.
Sailing classes are conducted by professional US Sailing certified sailing instructors; and are assisted by volunteer instructors. All testing is conducted by US Sailing and Community Sailing certified instructors.