Youth Programs

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Buddy-Based Sailing Camp

Buddy-Based Sailing Camps | Ages 7-17

Perfect for a pair of newer sailors. If your sailor has a family member or friend who they could sail in a boat WITH and with whom social distancing measures will not need to be enforced, this camp is the perfect fit. Because masks are too dangerous to be worn on the water and boats are not large enough for social distancing this Buddy-Based format allows a pair of sailors to learn the fundamentals together, without compromising watersports safety or COVID safety measures. Each pair will continue to practice social distancing from other pairs in the group, masks will be worn onshore, and pairs will keep an adequate distance during lunch. This class emphasizes learning the basics, feeling comfortable on the water, and HAVING FUN!

IMPORTANT: Through registration, we will be asking who your child’s buddy or buddies are. To ensure that each buddy pair is able to register together we may have to lower registration capacities and utilize a waitlist system to save a spot and activate each individual’s paired buddy. If your child’s “buddy” has successfully registered for a spot and listed your child in their registration, but you see “Waitlist only”, please place yourself on the waitlist. We will manually activate you from there and provide further instruction upon doing so.

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Intermediate Sailing Camps

Intermediate Sailing Camps | Ages 8-17

IMPORTANT: Each camper will be sailing solo on their own individual boat and using their own designated equipment for the duration of camp. Campers must have at least 2 weeks of previous sailing camp experience OR have experience sailing solo.

Sailors will strengthen basic skills and become proficient while sailing solo in their own boat. Practicing tacking, jibing, sail trim, all points of sail, boat handling, knot tying, and capsize recovery are the goals of this camp. Sailors will maintain social distance both online and on the water. The Intermediate Sailing Camp is designed for sailors to repeat at least once prior to graduating to the Advanced Camp level. Returning Intermediate Campers graduate to a larger sail for a more challenging experience in order to safely prepare them for the next step.

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Intro to Advanced Sailing Camps

Intro to Advanced Sailing Camps | Ages 8-13

IMPORTANT: This camp is only offered at Cherry Creek Reservoir. Each camper will be sailing solo in their own individual boat and using their assigned equipment for the duration of the camp. Prerequisite: Campers should have at least 2 weeks of Intermediate Camp experience prior to signing up for this level.

This camp is perfect for those who have mastered the basics of sailing and have completed our Intermediate Sailing Camp at least twice. Sailors will strengthen sailing skills and focus on boat handling, right of way, sailing in all conditions under control, and skipper responsibilities. Utilizing age-appropriate racing boats, campers are able to hone skills needed in a more challenging and responsive boat while increasing independence in all aspects of sailing. Successfully completing this camp is a prerequisite for joining our Junior Race Team.

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Advanced Sailing Camps

Advanced Sailing Camps | Ages 13-17

IMPORTANT: Unless otherwise noted in your registration, each camper will be sailing their own individual boat and using their own designated equipment for the duration of camp. Advanced Campers must have previously completed at least 2 weeks in the Intermediate Sailing Camp level or higher. Boats used in this camp require a lot more skill and sheer size to maintain control of.

This camp is perfect for those who have mastered sailing by themselves and who are ready to take on the challenges of a larger sailboat. Sailors will strengthen sailing skills and focus on boat handling, right of way, and sailing in all conditions under control. Campers are able to hone skills needed in a more challenging and responsive boat while increasing independence in all aspects of sailing.

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Stand Up Paddleboard + Kayaking Camp

Stand Up Paddleboard +Kayaking Camp | Ages 9-17

IMPORTANT: Cherry Creek Reservoir hosts this camp in a Buddy-Based format for a pair of campers to sign up together. Each pair of campers will be using their own designated double kayak and assigned their own individual Stand Up Paddleboard/paddles for the duration of camp. In Boulder, campers can sign up for this camp as a solo participant.   

This multi-watersport camp is perfect for a pair of participants who want to experience both Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking in the same camp.  Campers learn basic kayak and SUP skills, explore the reservoir together, engage in fun water-based activities, and enjoy time with friends in a unique camp environment.

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Race Camp

Race Camp | Ages 8-18

IMPORTANT: Race Camp participants must have completed at least one week of our Intro to Advanced or Advanced Sailing Camp. Unless you note otherwise in your registration, each camper will be sailing their own individual boat unless and using their own designated equipment for the duration of camp.

Is your child ready to take your sailing to the next level? Race Camp teaches the foundation of sailboat racing in a fun, beginner-friendly atmosphere. This camp is scheduled to lead up to the Rocky Mountain Junior Olympics Festival hosted by Dillon Junior Sailing on Lake Dillon from July 24-25, 2021. Regatta details TBD in the 2021 season.

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Race Team

Race Team | Ages 8-17

Don’t be intimidated, the CSC Racing Program is a great way for any of our Advanced or Intro to Advanced campers to quickly pick up racing basics while learning to sail with peers. Sailors are encouraged but not mandated to participate in competitive regattas (sailing races) both in and out of state. Competitive sailing here in Colorado is a great pathway to lead young athletes toward college sailing and beyond.

Advanced sailors develop the talents to become skilled sailboat racers. Independence and critical thinking are at the heart of the race team. Sailors work together on and off the water to establish a solid foundation of knowledge; including: the racing rules of sailing, advanced rigging and sail tuning, advanced sailing techniques, sportsmanship, and strategy. Racing is fun! Sailors learn to work through challenges and rejoice in the triumphs and travails of competitive sport.

Junior Race Team | Ages 8-12

Want more time on the water? Ready to take your sailing to the next level? Junior Race Team paves the way to help you build a solid foundation of sailing skills. Learn about the challenging dynamics of sailboat racing on a variety of sailboats. Race Team gives sailors the opportunity to learn and practice advanced skills in a competitive, team-focused environment. Our Coaches will prepare sailors for local and regional regattas.

High School Sailing Team | Ages 13-18

For students in grades 8-12. Learn the finer points of sailing and racing a c420 or Laser with a team. Challenge yourself to a level and refine skills of rigging and tuning, maneuvers, and skipper/crew communication. Sailing can help you get into the college of your choice. Colleges look for students who are academically qualified who have demonstrated a passion for something else. Sailing can be that passion. Being a high school sailor can set you apart from the crowd.

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Junior Instructor In Training (JSIT) Program

Volunteer | Ages 12-17

Participants are taught what is needed to assist instructors with a wide variety of boats, and age groups. Leadership development, and positive role model skills, are stressed in this course along with emerging skills in recognizing safety concerns. Our junior volunteer program has been heavily affected by this pandemic given all of the guidelines and restrictions involved in summer camp. This year we are opening up applications to this program for a very limited number of spaces. If you are a returning JSIT or new applicant, please begin by completing the form linked below. Eligible applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Ages 12 – 17
  • Have taken at least 1 week of Intro to Advanced or Advanced Sailing Camp
  • Be available to volunteer for full weeks at a time (unfortunately, partial weeks are no longer an option)
  • If the applicant is new, they must be available to attend the JSIT Training Course held June 7-11, 2021 (Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm) at each location.

Once applications are received and reviewed, we will follow up with potential next steps as appropriate.

Please email brandon.kass@communitysailing.org with any questions.

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