SUMMER CAMPS - SAILING & SCIENCE
"Safety, Fun, and Learning"
The Summer Sailing Camp is available to youths and is an ideal introduction to the basics of sailing as well as to our year-round programs. More importantly we utilize sailing as an educational platform, that challenges young sailors to explore a love of learning and delve deeper into the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math. We do this using “Kids Environmental Lesson” (KELP). KELP are marine science activities that encourage curiosity in kids and help them explore their surroundings whilst enhancing the importance of ocean conservation and caring for the environment in general.
We hope that the sailors who learn to sail during the Summer Camp will continue as members of the Sea Masters Academy Junior Squad Club. The camp runs on a weekly-basis, on weekdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm and include lunch, morning and afternoon instructional meetings, followed by sailing practice, lots of play time in the pool and other fun activities.
Requirements for Participation in the Opti Summer Weekly Camps
Be a child between 7 and 12 years old of age
Complete a swim check administered the first day. The child must be able to comfortably swim 25 yards and tread water comfortably for 45 seconds.
Wear a USCG-approved personal flotation device (PFD), which we will provide, at all times while on the water.
Every SMA Instructor is US Sailing Level 1 certified, CPR/First Aid/AED certified, has passed the Boater Safety Exam, and has passed a background check. Many instructors have years of personal sailing and teaching experience, as well as an intimate knowledge of SMA’s programs and teaching philosophy; “Safety, Fun, and Learning.” Sailors who feel safe, can have fun. And sailors who are having fun will continue to learn!
On the first day of all youth camps, instructors will conduct swim checks. The swim check consists of swimming a minimum of 20 feet without a life jacket, briefly treading water, and then putting on a lifejacket in the water. Lifejackets are worn throughout the duration of camp while participants are on the water. All campers must complete the swim check in order to participate in camp.