Learn to Sail this Summer

Asheville Youth Sailing helps new sailors learn the sport, get confident, spend time on the water, and become sailors for life.

For All Students

Asheville Youth Sailing invites all students who exhibit a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, who would not have the opportunity to attend well-structured summer sailing education without financial assistance.

No Experience Needed

Learn to sail independently in a fun, safe program. Learn everything you need to skipper a small boat on your own. On-shore and on-the-water instruction. Swimming experience is mandatory. Be the master of your own sea!

Something New

Sailing will challenge you. You will never forget how to sail once you learn! Look forward to high school sailing opportunities, college scholarships, sailing industry careers and opportunities for personal achievement. Welcome to a true lifetime sport.

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About Asheville Youth Sailing

We think everyone – including you – should have the opportunity to feel the wind on your face and the breeze in your hair as you sail out onto a lake alone, and in charge!

Make your own decisions along the way. Some will be good, others will be bad. Grapple with mistakes but know a responsible adult will pull up beside you and coach you out of whatever situation you find yourself in. Maybe you’ve run aground? No problem – shove off! Is your boat facing into the wind? Again, no problem – pivot and be on your way! Too much wind for you? We’ll get you safely to the shore.

There are lots of ways to sail this summer! See the complete program listing here. Weekly sessions in July will cover everything from sailing traditions, language, skills, and boat handling. Yes, that’s quite a commitment! But learning a new sport takes time and dedication. See the entire schedule of lessons and events here.

Scholarships are available so participants can have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the sport of sailing at little or no cost to their families. The Sailing Scholarship Program focuses on all school-age children who exhibit a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, putting forth the effort to help themselves, who would not have the opportunity to attend well-structured summer sailing education without financial assistance.

COVID-19 Information

We believe being on the water might be one of the best choices this summer! COVID-19 has interrupted all of our plans this summer. Asheville Youth Sailing intends to have two Learn-to-Sail Sessions during the last two weeks of July. We will follow all US Sailing/American Camp Association recommendations for Day Camps. Unfortunately, we will be unable to host campers younger than 9 year's old this summer. Any deposits or payments made on Learn-to-Sail Sessions secure your sailor's spot for the session of your choice.

FAQ

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Is Sailing Safe?

Will I fall in?

Sailing is a lifetime sport. It's not without risks, but if you can swim, you should be fine! (We also have full-coverage insurance, just in case...)

Isn't Sailing Expensive?

Isn't Sailing Expensive?

It doesn't have to be!

Learn to Sail 2020's summer program open to all area youth ages 5-18. (Scholarships are available!) Once you finish the program you'll have the opportunity to sail with Asheville Sailing Club members from April to November.

Is Sailing Hard to Learn?

Is Sailing Hard to Learn?

Well, it takes practice!

Like anything worth doing, the more time you spend sailing, the more you'll learn. We really want you to show up for all the lessons. Make a commitment to yourself.

When are Lessons?

When are Lessons?

Two one-week sessions in July

The week of July 20th and July 27th. Earlier in the summer we are hosting Junior Open Sailing Sessions for sailors we know. After school starts, we will practice on Tuesday & Thursdays.

What If I Have to Miss?

What If I Have to Miss?

There's a little leeway

Since each sailing session depends on the one before it, you can only miss one day in a session week. Learning to sail takes commitment!

How will you sanitize?

How will you sanitize?

COVID-19 Response

Each boat will be assigned to a single sailor for one week at a time. Between sailors, each boat and set of equipment will be sprayed and soaked with a biodegradable sanitizing boat soap.

Will there be health checks?

Will there be health checks?

COVID-19 Response

Yes, each instructor will be tested for COVID-19 prior to teaching. Each sailor's family will be asked screening questions each day and may be subject to an IR Temperature Screening.

How will you keep us 6' apart?

How will you keep us 6' apart?

COVID-19 Response

That's a real question! You will need to take responsibility. Boats will be set up a proper distance from each other on shore. No rafting-up. But we'll rescue you if we have to - don't worry!

Do I have to wear a mask?

Do I have to wear a mask?

COVID-19 Response

Each sailor will receive a buff/sun gaiter to wear on shore. On the water, wear it how you like. Don't infect the fish, okay?

2020 Summer Sessions

2020 Junior Open Sailing

Four sessions of Junior Open Sailing, June 15, June 29, July 6, July 13 from 1 pm – 5 pm. $100 a week. These sessions are for sailors who have sailed with Asheville Youth Sailing Read more…

2020 Summer Learn-to-Sail

Two sessions of Learn-to-Sail, July 20 & July 27 from 1 pm – 5 pm. These sessions are for sailors who are complete beginners to intermediate sailors. Ages 7 – 18 only. $285 per session. Read more…

2020 Junior Race Week

2020 Junior Race Week will happen at the end of summer, the week of August 24 – 28, after school. A guest coach will be on-board to beef up our racing skills and us get Read more…