Youth Sailing Camp Levels 3-4

Introducing Youth Sailing Camp!

The Youth Sailing Camp is held at Gray's Lake Park in Des Moines, Iowa. This 20 hour/week camp conducted weekly throughout June and July, and it allows the camper to progress in their sailing capabilities. It includes age-appropriate activities designed to teach basic to intermediate sailing skills. 

Campers will have the opportunity to progress through four levels of sailing expectations. They will learn sailing terminology, rigging and de-rigging a variety of boats, knot tying and line handling, stopping and starting a boat, leaving and returning to the beach or dock, tacking and jibing, capsize and overboard recovery. They will take a short "day trip" at the conclusion of each week. 

Small boat sailing is often called "wet sailing" as participants in small dinghies are often at the mercy of the wind shifts and gusts as they learn to propel the boat at the maximum speed. As such they should always be prepared with proper clothing, personal safety equipment to get wet. Campers frequently beg instructors to allow them to capsize their boats as an act of "fun." Our beginning sailors will continue to use the universal training boat, the International Opti. 

With the introduction of new sailboats this year larger campers and intermediate level sailors will find their success rate improve with bigger boats designed for easier rigging and sailing and Level 4 sailors will be schooled in the intricacies of sailing Flying Juniors, a boat used by many high school and college sailing programs. 

Who should attend this camp?

Anyone between the age 8 of 15. If you have a camper younger than eight, consider enrolling them in our Pollywog Camp or contact us at info@sycss.org or 515-599-SAIL (7245). Shellbacks (Pollywog graduates) are welcome.

Prerequisites?

Completion of Youth Sailing Camp Level 2. 

Swim check--the ability to swim 50 yards using any stroke and tread water for 2 minutes. 

Upon completion of level 3, camper will be able to confidently sail a small boat and meet the expectations of US SAILING's entry level small boat sailor. All classes are taught by certified US Sailing instructors, assisted by school counselors and adult volunteers. Level 4 campers will be coached in the intricacies of highly technical boat handling skills and introduced to competitive sailing. 

Campers enrolled in the level 3 will be allowed the opportunity to serve as youth counselors in the level 1 and 2 camps dependent on staff recommendation.

Certification?

The camp is developed according to US Sailing's Small Boat Sailor Certification. We will cover the beginner general skills and beginner boat handling skills. Successful completion of the level 3 will result in certification with US Sailing and a US Sailing Certification of completion will be awarded at the end of the camp. The camper's log book may then be submitted to US SAILING for a formal certificate and a wallet i.d. card. 

How will I spend my time?

This is a 5 day camp, taught at the Gray's Lake Concession Stand and Boathouse, Monday through Friday. Level 3 and 4 will run from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. The new camp format will allow for more time to be spent on the water, shores and dock and less time in the classroom and preparing lessons. 

What should I bring?

Clothes appropriate for sailing (expect to get wet), towel and change of clothes, proper fitting type III life jacket (rentals available at Gray's Lake), closed toe shoes, a snack, sunscreen, and water bottle.

Price: 
$275 which includes a camp T-shirt and all training literature.Campers attending multiple sessions receive a $50 discount on subsequent registrations. You will receive a discount code after registration for your first camp is complete. 

Level 3

Note: Level 3 and 4 classes are offered in the afternoon when wind conditions are more desirable for performance sailing. 

Expectations: 

Level 3 is intended for those previous sailing campers who have attended the Youth Small Boat Level 2 course in the past and are comfortable with the expectations of the Level 2 camper. They will be introduced to our new mono hull boats, the Mustangs, and will continue their development in a larger and more traditional boat. 

They will continue to work on the skills associated with the expectations of the level 1 and 2 camps on the Mustang and will develop team work and cooperation in sailing a two person boat. On the water sessions switch to more coaching and less detailed instruction. 

Review of capsize techniques will lead the training off as these boats will require both crew and helm cooperation in recovering from a capsize. Training will continue throughout the week in learning the new boat by working on rigging, crew balance, trimming at all points of sail, crew/helm cooperation in all maneuvering, use of a Cunningham and downhaul, outhaul adjustments, use of a boom vang, overboard recovery of a crew member, as well as boat balance for all sailing conditions and points of sail. Of course their education will be rounded out with the introduction of more sailing/boating knots used throughout the world. 

Successful completion of the level 3 will result in certification with US Sailing and a US Sailing certificate will be awarded at the end of the camp. The camper's log book may then be submitted to US SAILING for a formal certificate and a wallet i.d. card. 

Level 4

Note: Level 3 and 4 classes are offered in the afternoon when wind conditions are more desirable for performance sailing. 

Expectations: 

Level 4 is intended for sailors who have mastered the sailing of the Mustang and are ready to move on to a more challenging craft. The Flying Junior was developed as a training boat for sailors interested in eventually moving up to Olympic class boats. It was quickly adopted world-wide as a boat high school and university programs. It is a tender boat that requires a good degree of athleticism as well as good sailing skills and techniques. It is a two person boat and is frequently sailed in competitions as male, female and mixed crewed classes. 

As before, review of capsize techniques will lead the training off as these boats will require both crew and helm cooperation in recovering from a capsize. Training will continue throughout the week in learning the new boat by working on all the techniques learned in the Mustang, and concentrating on go fast maneuvers such as roll tacking, roll jibing, use of a traveler in trimming, how to estimate wind speeds from sea state, forecasting puffs, lulls, wind shifts and adjusting trim to them, understanding local weather, fetching a mark and good sportsmanship. 

Registration: 

To register online for this camp, select the desired date from the schedule on this page or go to the Calendar to view all camp options. If you have any questions regarding at what level your camper should be enrolled at please contact either info@sycss.org or 515-599-SAIL (7245). 


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