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Junior Sailing - Session 1 - Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Levels
Class times: Monday - Friday, June 15 to July 2
**no class July 3rd**
Morning classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Afternoon classes are from 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Junior Sailing Programs offer a range of classes for ages 8 to 18. Sailor’s progress through a series of four levels: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and Racing Team. This progressive approach is designed to help each sailor make exciting improvements while still having a lot of fun.
Sailors are continually evaluated on the water to ensure that they are learning skills necessary to progress to the next level. The Junior Sailing Program’s priorities are to provide safe and fun instruction that develops the participant’s sailing skills and enthusiasm for the sport. Our courses incorporate standards from both U.S. Sailing and Canadian Yachting Associations. These programs primarily use Prams, Optimists or 420s for instruction; the boat used depends on a student’s ability and physical size.
Beginning sailing is for students who have never sailed or have little sailing experience. The class teaches boating safety, knots and boat parts. Students also learn beginning steering, points of sail, maneuvers, and how to get a boat to and from a dock and a mooring.
Intermediate Sailing is for students who have beginning sailing skills, but still lack the experience to sail on their own. At this level, students learn additional knots and boat parts as well as develop confidence to steer a boat on their own. Additionally, basic rules of the road and basic seamanship are taught. Intermediate Sailing focuses on mastering independent, confident boat handling. By the end of the course, a student should be able to rig and sail a boat without instructor assistance.
In Advanced Sailing students begin learning sailing theory and basic racing. Students are also introduced to spinnaker and trapeze use on 420s. Advanced Optimist sailors are introduced to sail and boat set up specific to that boat. Instructors teach advanced boat handling techniques, sail trim and cover beginning racing rules and tactics. By the end of Advanced Sailing a student should be ready to race.
Each student must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved type III life jacket; rubber-soled, closed-toe shoes; sunscreen, and a water bottle. Also, students must be able to swim 50 yards. If you need assistance in knowing what sailing equipment to buy or where to buy it, please call the Sailing School, we are happy to help. Medical and waiver forms must be signed prior to the start of classes.
Directions, drop off/pick up instructions, Waiver and Medical forms will be emailed upon registration.
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Sheridan Shore Sailing School
For more than 70 years, Sheridan Shore Sailing School has been proud to offer students of all ages the opportunity to experiences the thrill, challenge, and exhilaration of sailing. All SSSS coaches are U.S. Sailing Level 1 Small Boat and 1st AID/ CPR Certified. Our classes feature a low student- instructor ratio to teach the skills of sailing and seamanship to juniors, high school students and adults of all ability levels. In addition to summer sailing lessons, we also coach high school teams in the spring and fall as well as partner with the North Suburban Recreation Association to offer sailing to children and adults with disabilities.
In 2014, Sheridan Shore Sailing School became accredited as one of twenty six US Sailing Community Sailing Centers. This honor recognizes that SSSS exceeds all the required standards set forth by US Sailing and maintains an impressive commitment to high quality public access sailing through our educational resources and outstanding staff.
The Sailing School, a 501c (3) not-for-profit organization, operates in partnership with the Wilmette Harbor Association and is located at Sheridan Shore Yacht Club in Wilmette, IL.