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Learn to Sail / Intro to Optimist Sailing

Designed for kids ages 8 – 13, this program introduces youngsters to the fabulous world of opti sailing. The optimist pram is used the world over to teach young children how to sail and race.  The course will enable young sailors to develop proper boat handling skills and experience sailboat racing for beginners.  We always leave some time for fun sailing and adventure as well.  No sailing experience is required, boats and equipment are provided. We encourage every child to give sailing a try. We NEVER EVER have tryouts. 

Fall 2022 Dates: August 14th – November 6th

Practice Times; Sunday’s 12:30pm  – 2:30pm  and Monday’s 4:30 – 6:30pm

Registration Form: Sign up for Learn to Sail

Cost: $525 per child per season

Learn to Windsurf
Take water sports to the next level and discover the excitement of windsurfing!  We have child and teen-friendly equipment that gets kids cruising and gaining confidence quickly on the water. Kids who stick with windsurfing for several months will have the opportunity experience foiling (like floating on the water). Our windsurfing class for beginners will teach sailors the basic handling skills needed to jibe, tack, sail upwind and downwind confidently, and prepare them for success on a foil.

Fall 2022 Dates: August 14th – November 17th

Practice Times: Sundays 10am – 1pm and Wednesdays 4:30pm – 6:30pm (last weekday practice on 11/2)

Cost: $625 per child per season

Registration Form: Sign Up for Learn to Windsurf


Homeschool Sailing & Windsurfing

Hello to all Upper Keys and South Dade Home School families!  Sailing and windsurfing for homeschooled kids will continue in 2022/2023. As part of this program, kids will learn to sail on a variety of sailboats, discover windsurfing, enjoy kayaking/paddle boarding, explore nearby islands and do fun arts and crafts. Parents have the option to send their kids once or twice a week this year. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm. Children and teens ages 5 – 16 are welcome to join.

Fall 2022 Dates:  August 15 – October 26

Who Can Attend: Kids ages 5 through 16; no sailing or windsurfing experience required

PracticeTimes: Mondays, 1pm – 3pm  AND/OR  Wednesdays, 1pm – 3pm.

Registration Form:   Sign Up for Homeschool Sailing & Windsurfing

Cost: $350 per child per season for one day a week of class and $625 for both days

Optimist Racing

For intermediate and advanced opti sailors, this program focuses on developing and understanding racing tactics and strategy as well as fine tuning boat handling techniques. Competing in Florida-based regattas is a big component of this program. 

Fall Season Dates: August 14th – November 13th (dates subject to change)

Practice Times: Sundays: 9am to Noon and Tuesdays 4:30 to sunset

Registration Form: Sign up for Opti Racing

Cost: $625 per child per season


Club 420 Sailing 

Designed for middle and high school teens that are too big for optis or who are ready to move into a bigger boat with a partner, the Club 420 is the official sailboat used by high schools and colleges around the country for teaching and racing.  This course will introduce beginner teens to the basic principles of sailing and boat handling while also introducing them to racing.  Intermediate level sailors get the opportunity to improve on their handling techniques and gain a stronger understanding of racing tactics and strategies.  For those sailors that are ready, regatta racing is also a big component of this program. 

Fall Season Dates: August 15 – November 13th

Practices Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30pm to sunset

Registration Form: Sign up for C420 Sailing

Cost: $625 per child per season

Our Refund Policy

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds during our academic year programs.  We also cannot pro-rate the season fee should your child miss several days of practice. 

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