ECSA Summer Sailing Camp

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Summer of 2018 is here and the best place to have your kids spend their summer is on the water, learning valuable life lessons and building self-confidence.  Our programs are open to EVERYONE and we welcome youth ages 7 –  18.

NEW SCHEDULE:  Camp is Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm  (kids will be ready for pick up by 3:30pm)
CAMP LOCATION:  Fort Walton Yacht Club  (www.fwyc.org).  Address: 180 Ferry Rd. NE, FWB, FL 32548
SAILBOATS: Opti, Taz, Sunfish, 420 and the new FEVA’s
Enroll now for kids aged 7-18 for $250.
Each camp will offer an optional Shuttle Bus from a designated city. 

Camp 1, June 4 – 8, Beginner I, Fort Walton Yacht Club  SOLD OUT
Camp 2, June 11 – 15, Beginner I & II, Fort Walton Yacht Club  SOLD OUT
Camp 3, June 18 – 22, Beginner I & II (added Beginner II), Fort Walton Yacht Club
Camp 4, June 25 – 29, Beginner I & II, Fort Walton Yacht Club
Camp 5, July 9 – 13, Beginner I, Fort Walton Yacht Club
Camp 6, July 16 – 20, Beginner I & II, Fort Walton Yacht Club
Camp 7, July 23 – 27, Beginner I, Fort Walton Yacht Club
Camp 8, July 30 – Aug 3, Beginner I & II, Fort Walton Yacht Club

Our Sailing Instructors are very excited to start.  We have an exciting schedule planned.  Typical day will have on-shore, then on-the-water: learning, fun activities and skill building.  They will rotate 45 – 60 minutes on and off the water with a shaded/AC lunch break.  It will be the best Summer Camp in Okaloosa County!

SAILORS DAILY ITEMS TO BRING

Please label all equipment and clothing with the sailor’s First and Last name in large block letters (Names should be on the back of Life Jackets). ECSA is not responsible for lost items. Sailors are solely responsible for keeping track of the personal equipment they bring and use.

–         Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket and whistle
–         Appropriate Shoes (closed-toe shoes: soft/boat/water shoes) must be worn at all times.  Flip-flops or open toe shoes are NOT ALLOWED per US Sailing)
–         Water Bottle – refillable (included)
–         Sun screen, lip block, hat, sunglasses
–         Extra clothes, towel, bathing suit
–         Rain gear, if weather suggests
–         Lunch from home

Cool drinks and snacks will be served during the session, but the water bottle may be handy when you are out on the water.   Parents are welcome to stay and watch.  In case of emergency, you can reach us at Fort Walton Yacht Club 850-243-7102.

 

BEGINNER SAILING I

Ages 7 – 17
Camps 1 – 8 will have Beginner Sailing I
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Location – Fort Walton Yacht Club
Cost:  $250

Never too young to sail! This program is designed to help young children who have never sailed before or have done 1 sailing camp in the past become more comfortable around the water and on boats. Young students will participate in the basic learning activities and games with a focus on building confidence, safety, and fun.

The older students will learn safety skills such as righting a capsized boat, as well as basic nomenclature and rigging/derigging skills. The students will learn how to safely leave and return to the beach and will be able to sail more confidently. The basics of tacking, jibing, and docking/beaching will be covered.

General water safety rules, Equipment maintenance, Capsize drill, Knowledge of wind direction, Sailing Position, Knot tying (eight, square, bowline), Knowledge of boat parts, Rigging, De-rigging, Reaching, Safety position, Tacking, Jibing, Beach landing, Basic sail trim, Upwind/Downwind Sail Trim, Points of Sail, Hiking Tiller, and Getting out of Irons.

Younger kids (typically 7-12 years old and less than 115 lbs) will be in Opti’s and Taz’s.  
Older and bigger kids (typcially 12-18 years old) will be in Sunfish, FEVA’s and 420’s.

ALL CAMPS 1 – 8 have Beginner I sessions.

BEGINNER SAILING II

Ages 9 – 18
Camps 2, 3 (just added), 4, 6, 8 will have Beginner Sailing II
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Location – Fort Walton Yacht Club
Cost:  $250

This class is for kids who have the basics covered and are ready to expand their skills (kids that have taken at least 1 or preferably more sailing camps in the past).  Sailors will work on sailing more efficiently including tacking, jibing, upwind and downwind sailing. Sailors should feel comfortable sailing independently. This class is a continuation of Beginner Sailing I and a stepping stone to Beginner Racing I (coming soon).

Younger kids (typically 7-12 years old and less than 115 lbs) will be in Opti’s and Taz’s.  
Older and bigger kids (typcially 12-18 years old) will be in Sunfish, FEVA’s and 420’s.

(If you’re not sure, we recommend Begginer I and then the Sailing Instructors can transition them to Begginer II as they prove themselves.  Or, sign them up for Beginner I as a refresher and then Beginner II the following week.)

ONLY EVEN CAMPS 2, 4, 6 & 8 have Beginner II sessions.

JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM

Ages 14 – 18

This volunteer program trains young sailors to become leaders by teaching other young sailors how to sail. Must be involved in High School Sailing, or up to that ability, and want to assist in teaching beginners how to sail.

Applicants must be 14-18 years of age. If you are interested in this program, please complete the application by clicking “SIGN UP” and mail to our PO Box 756, Shalimar, FL 32579 or send electronically to: sailingdirector@ecsasailing.com.  Or, drop off the application in the ECSA mail box in the FWYC Front Office.