Summer Sailing Camp is a fun safe environment for young sailors to learn the basics and more advanced skills required to sail. Our camp develops personal growth and self-confidence. We encourage leadership, sportsmanship & teamwork. We are dedicated to teaching the Practical skills and Theory of Sailing, The kids, ages 7-16, learn right of way rules, knot tying & rigging, care for & maintaining a sailboat, boating safety, But most important, how to have fun on the water.
We offer two sailing camps. One for recreational sailing and one for racing.
Recreational Sailing Camps
Campers learn the joy of sailing. We will teach them the basics of how to sail as well as the part and proper care of a boat. The sessions have been developed to accommodate all levels of students. From beginners with no experience on a boat to kids that have taken the camp previously. Campers should bring a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Campers may sign up for multiple camps
Campers learn the art of racing. This camp is for both the beginning and advanced racer using the Optimist or Laser Sailboat. Campers should have completed at least one session of the Recreational camp prior to attending this camp. The camp is geared towards juniors that want to move into the racing program or who have been on the racing team. Campers will learn the racing rules of sailing, boat speed, and basic racing tactics. After successfully completing this camp, the campers may join the racing team and are qualified to participate in the Junior Olympic Event in July (call for more details).
Camp Dates 2021
Recreational Sailing Camps:
Camp 1: June 6 - June 17 Camp 2: June 20 - July 1 Camp 3: July 5 - July 15 Camp 4: July 128- July 28 Camp 5: July 18 - July 29
Race Camps - Opti:
Camp 1: June 6 - June 17
Race Camps - Laser/420:
Camp 1: June 20 - July 1
Summer Camp COVID-19 Policy
The Grapevine Junior Sailing Club takes COVID-19 very seriously. During summer camp, you can expect the following from us:
Guidelines established by the CDC and county health department will be followed. COVID-19 rules put in place by Scott's Landing Marina will be followed. Activities will be done outside when possible. While indoors, HVAC and ceiling fans will be run. Frequent hand washing will be encouraged. Hand sanitizer will be readily available. Face coverings will be required while on the marina. Camp participants and staff will social distance as best as possible. For any questions, feel free to ask us here.
FAQ for Summer Camp
What are the Instructor Qualifications?
GCSEF hires professional coaches to provide the Grapevine Sailing Community the special coaching young sailors need to build confidence and encourage them to excel. GCSEF selected these instructors specifically for their sailing expertise and ability to adjust their coaching to meet the needs of every student. Additionally, all of our instructors are US Sailing Level 1 Instructor, Red Cross First Aid, CPR certified. We have a maximum of 10 students per instructor at any time. Each student must be able to swim 50 feet and climb into a boat with a lifejacket. This is determined by a swim check on the first day of camp.
Who Can Participate?
All participants (except for the advanced race camp) must be at least 7 years old and no older than 16 years of age
For the advanced race camp, participants must be at least 11 years old and no older than 16 years of age.
All participants must also be capable swimmers.
What do the kids do?
Our summer sailing classes consist of morning classroom time with fun learning exercises and activities. Then afternoons are on the water. In the case of light air, we have fun on the water games, with squirt guns, buckets, and sponges. The camp is held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, kids will watch sailing videos, play games and participate in team-building exercises. All our activities teach team building, leadership, and sportsmanship skills. On the last Thursday, campers will have the opportunity to test their sailing skills in a long-distance sail down Lake Grapevine. At the end of this excursion, we will stop at a park for a picnic and games.
What are Camp Days and Hours?
Camps run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. We are not open on July 4th. On the first day of camp, we ask parents to arrive 15 minutes early and stay until 9:15. On the last day of camp, parents are invited to join the kids at noon for food and sailing so the kids can show the parents what they have learned.
What Does My Child Need To Bring?
Life Jacket Type III PFD (must fit properly to the child’s size and weight)
Water Bottle with a clip
Water Shoes (closed toes, no sandals or flip-flops. Old tennis shoes work)
Sunglasses with a strap
Sunscreen (waterproof is recommended) (campers will reapply after lunch)
Packed lunch (a refrigerator is available)
Extra change of clothes (optional)
Cell phones (optional) (these will be locked up while not in the room)
When Does My Child Have to Wear Their Life Jacket?
Life Jackets will be worn at any time the participant is outside of the classroom. Each of the participant's articles should be properly marked with their name.
Do We Need Our Own Boats?
Boat usage fees are included in the standard fees. If a student has a designated boat that they would like to bring, please let the instructor know.
Can my child sign up for more than one session?
Yes, many students will participate in multiple sessions. This is a great way to improve skills.
Can my child sign up for Race Camp?
Only students that have previously taken the recreational camp should sign up for race camp. Students signing up for the Laser/420 camp should be at least 12 years old and weigh at least 100 pounds.
Can my child sign up for the racing team?
Once your child has taken a camp session, they are eligible for the racing team. For more details, click here.
Does my child need to know how to swim?
Yes, there will be a swim check on the first day. Your child must swim roughly 100 ft out to a boat, get in the boat, perform a capsize drill, and swim back. They will be wearing a life jacket. Your child must be comfortable in the lake.