• Summer Youth Sailing School

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Youth Programs

Courageous annually serves over 1,000 children, ages 8 to 18, out of three sailing venues in the City of Boston: Charlestown Navy Yard, Jamaica Pond, and Camp Harbor View. At our headquarters on Pier 4 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, we operate a "five-step" summertime sailing school program that takes students from "Learn-to-Sail" through "Instructor-in-Training" programs. Each Step in our curriculum includes sailing instruction, environmental education, and leadership training components. The Charlestown site also hosts two programs that provide free sailing and science programming to Boston Public School students. We operate similar though smaller-scale programs at both Jamaica Pond and Camp Harbor View.

We invite you to browse this site to find out more about our summertime and school-year offerings.

Getting Started

Never been sailing? Get ready for the ultimate adventure! In just one lesson you'll be out on the water. If you like it—which we're sure you will—before long you'll be skippering a boat, racing on a team, or cruising around the harbor islands. If you stick with it, one day you could even be a Courageous instructor!  While you're on the water, you're going to learn lots about the environment and get to practice some pretty important life skills, too. From fishing off our pier to overnight island camping trips, you'll be having fun on adventure after adventure, all year long!

Summer Programs School-Year Programs Instructor-in-Training Program FAQs Jobs

Read the website and still have questions? Email your questions to Ashton Smith at ashton@courageoussailing.org or call 617-242-3821.

Membership Home

It’s time to go sailing!

A Courageous membership means that you can take one of our boats out for a sail on Boston Harbor whenever you’d like*.  Courageous offers a variety of memberships to fit all schedules, skill levels, and boat preferences -- check out the different options, and see which one works best for you.  Membership also includes much more: racing, barbeques, moonlight sails, Harbor Island camping trips, fireworks-watching parties, and discounts on courses.  As a Courageous member, you’ll be a part of an enthusiastic, inclusive community of sailors...and you’ll be helping Courageous provide free and low-cost sailing opportunities for Boston kids.

 

*Skippers must pass an on-the-water check-out and written test in order to sail a Courageous boat without an instructor.  Our sailing area extends out around the Harbor Islands for qualified members.  Courageous is open noon - sunset on weekdays and 10 - sunset on weekends and holidays, May 1 through October 31.  Boat availability is usually plentiful, but is not guaranteed. A small additional fee may be charged for some member activities.

 

 

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