• Stay Cool and Learn to Sail This Summer!

Sarasota Youth Sailing

Be apart of Sarasota’s longest running Sports Camp. Half day beginner and Intermediate Sailing Levels. Full day STEM utilizing US Sailing Science and Sailing curriculum.

Ages 5-8? Join our Tadpoles!

Tadpoles is a “pre-beginner” program designed to introduce younger children to formal sailing instruction. Tadpoles meet five days a week, either from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and are designed to challenge the cognitive abilities of children five to seven years of age. Children who have reached the age of five before May 29, and who are capable of functioning within a group, will be admitted. Tadpoles introduces children to the activities of SYS, rather than providing a broader “day camp” atmosphere. Children will be introduced to boats and water activities, including swimming, sailing, and basically “messing about in boats.” Classes are taught in several different types of boats including our MaineCat and Precision 18.

Want to go more in depth?

Level 1 Optimist

Pre-requisite: 7 years old by the start of the session.

Student Age Recommendation: 7-12 years old or up to 110 lbs.

The goal of the Level 1 Optimist- Beginner class is for each child to have positive early experiences on the water and while sailing. Building confidence, ensuring safety, demonstrating respect, courtesy to others, and good teamwork are primary goals. Novice sailors learn basic nomenclature, seamanship, and sailing skills.

Optimist Prams are used for instruction. Fun sailing games and other skill-related activities are incorporated into the course. Upon completion students, should feel comfortable sailing alone in an Optimist dinghy.


  • Parts of the Boat

  • Steering

  • Points of Sail

  • Upwind/Downwind Sailing

  • Rigging/De-rigging

  • Capsize/Recovery

  • Knots/Lines

  • Safety

  • Casting-off/Landing

  • Having Fun

1717 Ken Thompson PKWY



All Experience Levels

Ages: 5-18

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