• Explore. Learn. Sail! Low-cost, high-quality programs that connect city youth with Boston Harbor and Jamaica Pond. Youth Sailing
  • Sailing and rowing for kids, adults, and families on this beautiful pond located in the heart of Boston. Jamaica Pond
  • Work at Courageous

    The 2015 season is just around the corner, which means there is an opportunity for you to come spend your summer working at Courageous. You'll be outside and on the water with a great staff and sailors from age 8 and up. This could be the start of your lifelong passion for teaching sailing, educating, and organizing in your community. Read More
  • Leadership + Growth

    Through this 7-week summer job-training program, students make the transition from student to instructor, developing their abilities to teach, lead, and inspire the next generation of Courageous kids. Read More
  • Environmentalism at Courageous

    Courageous is wind powered, but we do more than just use natural energy sources. For the past several years, our young sailors have been learning about marine biology and ocean cleanup from our own Environmental Educators and award-winning partners. Read More
  • Support Courageous Kids

    As 2014 draws to a close, Courageous is celebrating a successful year of teaching sailing and more to Boston kids, and looking ahead to next year. Please consider supporting Courageous in our mission to provide high-quality summer learning opportunities for the kids who need them most by making a tax-deductible donation to our Annual Appeal before December 31. Read More
  • Awareness Campaign

    See our new awareness campaign made by Hill Holliday and Courageous board member, Joe Berkeley. The campaign captures the essence of the Courageous Sailing mission and its impact on Boston kids. Read More

Blind SailingAdaptive Sailing

 

Courageous is the largest organization of its kind in the Boston area to offer free sailing programs and activities to people with autism, developmental disabilities, blindness, and diabetes. These programs have produced regional, national and even world champions!  With Courageous, members of these populations (mostly youth and young adults), who regularly find themselves barred from sailing and similar activities, gain a variety of physical, social, and psychological benefits, many of which are unique to the experience of sailing itself. While sailing in majestic Boston Harbor, participants build skills in teamwork, physical coordination, self-reliance, abstract thought, and leadership as well as technical knowledge of a dynamic sport. These elements rarely coincide in other activities open to these groups.

At Courageous, the goal is not only to improve our existing opportunities for these groups, but to expand them as well. Courageous provides the special know-how, equipment, support, and understanding, while working to expand the breadth and depth of personnel training in these areas. In doing so, Courageous can continue to provide more and more people with blindness, diabetes, autism and other developmental disabilities with the opportunity to experience the unique joy and exhilaration of sailing.

Beyond offering the simple pleasures of the sport, the goals of Courageous Enabled Sailing programs are that our participants gain: (A) knowledge of sailing, the environment and leadership. (B) Intrapersonal strength, including self-confidence, self-esteem, well being and sense of adventure. For blind and developmentally disabled youth, taking the helm of a sailboat and navigating it is an incredibly empowering experience, one that instills pride, self-confidence, and a sense of capability. (C) Interpersonal skills, including teamwork, communications, conflict resolution, and sense of belonging. The experience of sailing with a crew and executing maneuvers as part of a team counteracts the feelings of isolation and loneliness that blind, developmentally disabled and autistic children are often subject to. (D) Close contact with and commitment to the natural environment of Boston Harbor. (E) Improved motor and coordination skills that the sport of sailing requires. (F) The calmness and confidence that sailing in such a beautiful locale instills in all those who do it, but that is most especially beneficial to autistic and other developmentally impaired individuals. The skills gained through our collaborative programs will remain with them long after they have stepped off the boat and become more closely connected to their families, classrooms, jobs, and communities.

The programs at Courageous primarily serve youth and young adults with disabilities ranging from intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism to blindness and insulin-dependent diabetes. We reach these populations through our partnerships with The Barton Center for Diabetes Education and their Summer Adventure Programs, Special Olympics of Massachusetts, The Carroll Center for the Blind and the Heart of Sailing Foundation.

 

Fear and 420s
Youth Program
For most Courageous students, their first day of step 4 is their first time in a dinghy, a transition from a stabile Rhodes 19 to a more responsive 420. This transition isn’t easy. The rounded lines of 420 belie how uncomfortable it is to sail—you’re guaranteed to sit on a cleat and bump your shin o...
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Home Away from Home
Youth Program
For this past summer, and the previous three, I worked in the Swim Sail Science (SSS) program at Courageous. In Swim Sail Science, we work with third and fourth graders from three schools: the Harvard Kent, Orchard Gardens, and the Warren Prescott. Their time in our youth program was split between s...
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Highlights from the 2015 Summer Youth Programs
Youth Program
BBQ with the Mayor Today the 2015 summer youth programs come to an end. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make this a summer a success. Our incredible instructors have taken the time to write about their experiences at Courageous, which we will be sharing weekly th...
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Tale of a Trip on a Tall Ship, by Ian Hay
Youth Program
“I’ll clear one question up for y’all before you ask it because I know you’re going to eventually,” said the thin and soft-spoken cadet, “that fuzzy stuff up on the rigging is called baggy wrinkle; we make it from old dock lines and it’s used as chafe protection for our sails.” From the aft deck of ...
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Courageous Summer Preview
Adult Program
It's time to think about summer! Winter is officially over, and only a few weeks remain until we open our doors for the 2015 season on May 1st! We have been working hard to increase programming this winter and build our fleet. Read on to catch up on the latest the Courageous adult program has to of...
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