Youth Program

SSA is committed to promoting sailing in 2020; however, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, SSA is changing the nature and format of our offerings this summerFor our youth sailors, we offer:

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Open Sail:

These 3-hour sessions offer opportunities for children and adults with prior sailing experience to have fun sailing on different classes of boats (Optis, Lasers, and/or 420’s). Maximum capacity is 6 sailors. There is no formal instruction: SSA staff will offer supervision on rigging and de-rigging boats and water safety.

NOTE: Due to the pandemic, if there are two sailors on a boat, they must be from the same household or from an already existing, low-risk cohort of sailors known to each other. Prior communication between parents/guardians with SSA staff will be required. In addition, to minimize chances of exposure, sailors must wear masks when on land.

Open Sail:

These 3-hour sessions offer opportunities for children and adults with prior sailing experience to have fun sailing on different classes of boats (Optis, Lasers, and/or 420’s). Maximum capacity is 6 sailors. There is no formal instruction: SSA staff will offer supervision on rigging and de-rigging boats and water safety.

NOTE: Due to the pandemic, if there are two sailors on a boat, they must be from the same household or from an already existing, low-risk cohort of sailors known to each other. Prior communication between parents/guardians with SSA staff will be required. In addition, to minimize chances of exposure, sailors must wear masks when on land.

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Private lessons for children

This is a 3-hour session for up to 2 children, ages 7-17. For newer/younger sailors (ages 7-9), lessons will take place on Optimist Dinghies, single handed boats tailored towards newer/younger sailors. Students will learn the basics of rigging the Optimists, boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship, sportsmanship, and water safety. Instruction is done in Optimist with either 1 or 2 sailors per boat. For more experienced and/or older sailors (ages 9-17), lessons will take place in Optis, Lasers and/or 420’s, depending on a student’s size, experience, and maturity. Sailors will expand their skills on the water with various challenges and games. This class will include fun, safe activities on the water.

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Private lessons for children

This is a 3-hour session for up to 2 children, ages 7-17. For newer/younger sailors (ages 7-9), lessons will take place on Optimist Dinghies, single handed boats tailored towards newer/younger sailors. Students will learn the basics of rigging the Optimists, boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship, sportsmanship, and water safety. Instruction is done in Optimist with either 1 or 2 sailors per boat. For more experienced and/or older sailors (ages 9-17), lessons will take place in Optis, Lasers and/or 420’s, depending on a student’s size, experience, and maturity. Sailors will expand their skills on the water with various challenges and games. This class will include fun, safe activities on the water.

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Half-day Adventure Weeks

(Weeks of July 27 and August 3) Half-day Adventure Weeks run Monday through Thursday, 9AM to 12PM. These sessions are designed for all skill levels ages 9-17. Beginner students will learn the basics of sailing at a comfortable pace with expert instruction. More experienced sailors will have opportunities to sail different classes of boats and expand their skills with on the water challenges and games. This class will include fun, safe activities on the water. Children age 7 – 8 with previous sailing experience and prior communication between parent/guardian with the head instructor may be approved to take this class.

Maximum capacity is 6 students. Session will run only if at least 4 students enroll by the previous Monday. Please sign up for the wait list. If the session runs, you will be enrolled and billed automatically.

Half-day Adventure Weeks

(Weeks of July 27 and August 3) Half-day Adventure Weeks run Monday through Thursday, 9AM to 12PM. These sessions are designed for all skill levels ages 9-17. Beginner students will learn the basics of sailing at a comfortable pace with expert instruction. More experienced sailors will have opportunities to sail different classes of boats and expand their skills with on the water challenges and games. This class will include fun, safe activities on the water. Children age 7 – 8 with previous sailing experience and prior communication between parent/guardian with the head instructor may be approved to take this class.

Maximum capacity is 6 students. Session will run only if at least 4 students enroll by the previous Monday. Please sign up for the wait list. If the session runs, you will be enrolled and billed automatically.

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Advanced Adventure Week

Advanced Adventure Week will run Monday through Thursday, 9 AM to  4 PM, August 17 through August 20.  This session  is designed for sailors who love sailing and have at least 2 weeks prior experience, ages 10-17.  These more experienced sailors will have opportunities to sail different classes of boats and expand their skills on the water with challenges and games, including opportunities to learn and practice racing techniques. This class will include fun, safe activities on the water.   

Maximum capacity is 10 students. 

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: In order to participate in the SSA instructional programs hosted by Seneca Yacht Club, your child must:

  • Have all registration and medical forms on file with SSA instructors
  • Have completed payment
  • Meet the age or skill requirements as determined by the Head Instructor
  • Be able to pass an age-appropriate swim test
  • Bring the following items each day:
    • US Coast Guard approved life jacket
    • Closed-toe shoes that can get wet
    • Water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Change of clothes (including warm sweatshirt or fleece)
    • Towel
    • Hat
    • Optional – Foul Weather Gear, raincoat, sailing gloves