Youth Classes

Ages 8 to 12
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Download our Proof of Swimming Ability Form here.
Experience Requiment Open to everyone! No sailing experience required!! Open to children from all over the greater Boston area - unlike our other JP programs, this program is not limited to only Boston residents!
Limits None! Program enrollment is first-come, first-served. Registration will open on March 16.
2015 Dates
  • Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 10; 9 am - 3:30 pm daily. (Project theme: Footies!)
  • Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 15; 9 am - 3:30 pm daily. (Project theme: Skateboards!)

*There is no extended day option available for this program.

Locations Jamaica Pond
Cost

$545 per child before May 1. $595 per child after May 1.

No financial assistance is available for this program.

Course Description

Community Boatbuilding and Courageous Sailing are teaming up to host the perfect summer vacation week on Jamaica Pond. It's a week of building things and being active outdoors. Young students will build their very own remote-controlled sailboats called "footies" or wooden skateboards in our woodshop within historic Jamaica Pond boathouse. And at the end of the week, you can take home your masterpiece! Then, they will get to learn basic sailing theory, row, raise and strike the sails, and steer their very own boat under the watchful eyes of our certified sailing instructors. There will even be visits from an aquatic animal specialist to introduce students to the creatures that live in Jamaica Pond.

Space is limited! Book now!

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Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email Youth Program Director, Maura Hackett, at maura@courageoussailing.org.

Ages 8 to 12
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Download our Proof of Swimming Ability Form here.
Experience Requiment Open to everyone! No sailing or climbing experience required!!
Limits None! Program enrollment is first-come, first-served and handled by our program partners at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville. Visit the BKB Somerville Website to sign up!
2015 Dates
  • Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 10; 9 am - 4 pm daily.

*There is no extended day option available for this program.

Locations Charlestown only
Cost $550 per child. No financial assistance is available for this program.

Course Description

Two days of rock climbing. Two days of sailing. One all day quest to a Boston Harbor Island. That’s one epic week!

BKB x Courageous Sailing are teaming up for a rock climbing and sailing cross-program, sure to be the quest of the summer!

Monday and Tuesday at Brooklyn Boulders with bouldering, roped climbing, auto-belays, slacklining and more! Wednesday and Thursday at Courageous Sailing: Young sailors will spend their days learning basic sailing theory and seamanship, raise and strike the sails, steer the boat alongside a certified sailing instructor and learn about Boston Harbor ecology and marine life. They might even have the chance to interact with some sea creatures! Friday on a sailing expedition to a Boston Harbor island, where kids will explore and play team building games!

Space is limited!
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email Youth Program Manager, Shea, at Shea@BrooklynBoulders.com.

Age Rising 3rd and 4th graders
Swim Requirement None. Weak and non-swimmers welcome. Swimming classes are provided by the Charlestown YMCA and the Curtis Hall Community Center (Jamaica Plain).
Experience Requiment No experience necessary. New sailors welcome.
Limits One 5-week session per child per summer. Closed enrollment. Must be referred by a partnering Boston Public School.
Daily Schedule

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM*, Monday - Friday

*drop off begins at 8:00 AM at the Harvard-Kent School; 3:30 pick-up also from the Harvard-Kent; extended day option available

Dates Mon 07/06/15 - Fri 08/07/15 (tentative)
Locations Charlestown and Jamaica Pond (transportation may be available for both locations)
Cost $0
 To Register: To receive announcements about registering for the 2015 SSS program, complete this form.

Course Description:

(01/29/15 Note: At this time, program details have not been finalized. Thank you for your patience as we work to make the 2015 program possible!)

This five-week long program is a great way to introduce your child to Boston's waterways. The program is designed to build students' confidence around water, knowledge of water and boating safety, and appreciation of the natural environment.

As part of our Summer Sailing School, we operate two other summer programs: the Summer Learning Project (SLP) and SwimSailScience (SSS). Both programs specifically target Boston Public School students identified as being at risk for summer learning loss. The students in these programs receive transportation, two meals each day, and lessons in swimming, sailing, and science, all at no cost to their families. No prior sailing or swimming experience is necessary for students to attend. Unlike our "Step" programs, students must be referred by their schools in order to register. Past Boston Public School partners for the Summer Learning Project have included the Harvard-Kent, Warren-Prescott, Adams, Haley, and Young Achievers.

Note: Registration for the 2015 Summer Learning Project is not open to the general public. Registration for the 2015 Swim Sail Science program will be conducted at select Boston Publics Schools. Please return to this website in late February 2015 for more information on which schools we will be working with.

Check out video of the 2013 Summer Learning Project Program.

Step 5: Instructor Training

The IIT program is an intensive job-training program designed to take young sailors from student to instructor during an eight-week summer session.  Full completion of the IIT program typically takes two summers.  This program will help you master your sailing skills, build your confidence on the water and as a leader, bring together you and your peers as a formidable sailing instruction team.  The IIT program will also prepare you for the industry-standard US Sailing Level 1 instructor certification course by introducing you to some basic instruction techniques and giving you the opportunity to apply them by helping to teach the Courageous Step 1/2 Programs at all three of our sites!

Learn more here

Age 12 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Students may also be subject to on-site "swim-check" and "capsize recovery test." Download our Proof of Swimming Ability Form here.
Experience Requiment Open to Step 4 students from prior summers, those who have "graduated" from Step 3, and those who are new to Courageous but have gained equivalent sailing experience elsewhere.
Limits One 3-week session per child per summer
2015 Dates
  • Session 1: Mon 7/6 - Thu 7/23 (weekdays, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)
  • Session 2: Tue 7/28 - Fri 8/14 (weekdays, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)
Locations Charlestown only
Cost $600 (fee is based on a sliding scale; 10% off for siblings) 

Course Description

Step 4 is an Advanced Sailing course offered to children ages 12-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area. Each session of Step 4 lasts three weeks, and students frequently repeat this step for a number of summers. During this time, they apply the skills mastered in Step 3 to take on more complex challenges, like competing in local regattas and cruising out to the Boston Harbor Islands for overnight camping trips.

Step 3: Intermediate Sailing

Age 10 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Students may also be subject to on-site "swim-check" and "capsize recovery test." Download our Proof of Swimming Ability Form here.
Experience Requiment Open to Step 3 students from previous summers, those who passed the basic sailing test and "graduated" Step 2, and those who are new to Courageous but have gained equivalent sailing experience elsewhere.
Limits One 3-week session per child per summer
2015 Dates
  • Session 1: Mon 7/6 - Thu 7/23 (weekdays, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)
  • Session 2: Tue 7/28 - Fri 8/14 (weekdays, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)

*drop off begins at 9:15 am; extended day option available (see FAQ)

Locations Charlestown only
Cost $550 (fee is based on a sliding scale; 10% off for siblings)

Course Description

Step 3 is an Intermediate Sailing course offered to children ages 10-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area. Each session of Step 3 lasts three weeks, and students typically repeat this Step for a number of summers. During this time, they master fundamental sailing skills as they begin to sail more independently on Boston Harbor, increasingly without a sailing instructor aboard. By this level, students must be proficient swimmers, as they are being using boats that can capsize. Please refer to the registration FAQ section for more details.

 

Age 9 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Download our Proof of Swimming Ability Form here.
Experience Requiment Open only to students returning to Courageous who have already completed at least one summer of Step 1, "Swim-Sail-Science," Camp Harbor View, or Summer Learning Project
Limits One 3-week session per child per summer.
2015 Dates
  • Session 1: Mon 7/6 - Thu 7/23 (weekdays, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)
  • Session 2: Tue 7/28 - Fri 8/14 (weekdays, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

*drop off begins at 9:15 AM; extendedday option available (see FAQ)

Locations Charlestown only
Cost $550 (fee is based on a sliding scale; 10% off for siblings)

Course Description

Step 2 is a Beginner Sailing course offered to children ages 9-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area who are interested in learning more about sailing. Each session of Step 2 lasts three weeks, and students typically repeat this Step for a number of summers. During this time, they develop fundamental sailing skills, in preparation for more independent sailing in Step 3.

Please note: Due to high demand, enrollment in Step 2 is strictly limited to those who have already participated in one of the Courageous Summer programs. Please refer to the registration and FAQ section for more details.

Age 8 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Download our Proof of Swimming Ability Form here.
Experience Requiment No experience necessary. New sailors welcome.
Limits One session per child per summer. Each session is 4 days long.
Daily Schedule

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM*

*drop off begins at 9:15 AM; extended day option available (see FAQ)

2015 Dates

Charlestown:

  • Mon 7/13 - Thu 7/16
  • Mon 7/20 - Thu 7/23
  • Tue 7/28 - Fri 7/31
  • Mon 8/2 - Thu 8/6
  • Mon 8/10 - Thu 8/13
  • Mon 8/17 - Thu 8/20 (Charlestown residents only!)

 

Jamaica Pond (Boston residents only - proof of residency required!):

  • Mon 7/13 - Thu 7/16
  • Mon 7/20 - Thu 7/23
  • Tue 7/28 - Fri 7/31
  • Mon 8/2 - Thu 8/6
Locations Charlestown and Jamaica Pond
Cost $200 (fee is based on a sliding scale)

Course Description

Step 1 is our "Sailing 101" course, offered to children ages 8-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area. Each student attends Step 1 for one four day session. During this time they are introduced to the basics of sailing theory and are exposed to boating on Boston Harbor. Students are taught through a fun, high-energy, game-based approach, learning aboard stable keelboats, Rhodes-19s. No prior sailing experience necessary, though all students must be able to demonstrate a minimum level of swimming competency. Please refer to the registration FAQ section for more details. At Jamaica Pond, students will use a combination of rowboats, small sailboats, and kayaks.