General Category

At Courageous Sailing, youth experience sailing as a platform to develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and experience hands-on environmental science. Even our newest sailors enjoy the thrills of skippering a boat, going fishing off our docks, and making new friends, the first steps on their journey to becoming integral members of the Courageous Sailing community.  Our 5-Step Summer Sailing School curriculum provides a framework for learning and growing through increasing independence, responsibility, and achievement. Read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Courageous Summer Youth Programs.

We’re gearing up for another awesome summer of sailing at both our Charlestown and Jamaica Pond locations! Our 2016 programs will run between Tuesday, July 5 and Friday, August 12.  The 2016 Summer Youth Program Lottery is now closed.

For information on the 2016 lottery registration, fees & scholarship eligibility, and step program registration, click here.

photo (c) Russ Bolt 2008

Beyond Sailing

The Courageous Youth Program does so much more than just teach sailing.  At Courageous, we aim to transform kids' lives through the sport of sailing.  Our instruction team works to foster a love of sailing, adventure and the outdoors.  They give students the values, skills and confidence that they will need to thrive in their communities and their lives.

Leadership Training

We teach students to empldy the values of our COURAGE curriculum, both on the water and off.  As they learn to sail, participate in team-building activities and discussions, and engage in community service projects around the harbor, our students cultivate essential life skills including those in communication, teamwork and leadership.

Environmental Education

Courageous collaborates with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and Sailor's for the Sea to teach our students an active respect for the waters on which they sail and the surrounding ecosystem,  Students learn about the many organisms and natural resources of Boston Harbor and, under the guidance of our instruction team, initiate beach clean-ups, water quality testing, and other activities to help protect some of our city's most precious environmental treasures.

Professional Development/Job Training
Our youth students often advance to become Courageous employees, gaining valuable experience that gives them a jump start on entering the working world. Through our innovative Instructor-in-Training (IIT) and Continuing Education programs, staff members hone not only their sailing and boat maintenance skills, but also their skills in teaching, leadership and professionalism. [more...]