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Birmingham Sailing Club Junior Sail Camp
Birmingham Sailing Club

June 10 - 13, 2019

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BSC Junior Sailing Camp offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced/racing courses for kids looking to advance their sailing skills in Optimists, Lasers, and Club 420 sailboats. Sailing Camp is designed to allow sailors ages 8 to 17 to become acquainted with sailing and the basics of racing. Sailors will get hands on experience rigging, steering, maneuvering around docks and around a course, tying knots, and learning about weather and boating safety. Camp is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13. The cost for this 4 day camp covers lunch, use of club sailboats, instructors’ fees, and t-shirt. Priority will be given to family members of BSC members. Deadline for priority registration is April 30, 2019. Registration will open to non-members on May 1, 2019. Contact information for participants will be sent to all parents prior to camp in order to facilitate carpooling. Each participant must wear a US Coast Guard Approved life jacket that fits and shoes or strap-on sandals which can be worn in and around the water.

Prerequisite skills needed for each level:

LEVEL 1 BEGINNER
No Prior boating experience required.
Must be able to swim unassisted for 25 yards.

LEVEL 2 INTERMEDIATE
In addition to the above:
Should know basic names of boat parts.
Be able to steer boat away from and back to the dock under sail alone.

LEVEL 3 INTRO TO RACING
In addition to the above: Should know the basic right of way rules. Should know how to get out of the NO GO ZONE (irons). Should have a desire to learn more about sailing through racing.

The program is very flexible as to which group the Juniors begin in. As skill levels progress, the Junior will be offered a chance to move to or visit another level. Each level will review skills of prior levels and focus on developing skills through games, demonstrations, and drills both on and off the water throughout the camp.

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