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Sailing Summer Camp at CSC


Article by Stephanie Copple / Brandon Gerrald

Photography by CSC Sailing Summer Program Staff

Registration is Open for

2022 Sailing Summer Camp at Columbia Sailing Club!

Camp Sessions run weekly: May 31 - August 5, M-F: 9am-5pm


CSC is proud to present our 2022 David Van Cleef Junior Summer Sailing Programs!

  • With summer camps for youth, ages 4-17, of all experience levels and a fleet of club-owned sailboats, this will be a perfect summer to start or expand your sailing adventures. 
  • Our full-day (9am–5pm) one week sessions are open to the public, you don’t have to own a boat and you don’t have to be a club member.
  • Each session has limited capacity so sailors can enjoy an outstanding student/coach ratio. 
  • --- Register Today! ---

Early Registration Special! (ends February 28, 2022)

  • Register one participant for 2 sessions and receive a 5% discount (members and non-members are eligible, excludes PB&J)
  • Register one participant for 3+ sessions and receive a 10% discount (members and non-members are eligible, excludes PB&J)
  • --- Register Today! ---

WHY Sailing Summer Camp?

Learning to sail is the summer camp experience your child will never forget! By the end of camp, your junior sailor will be able to rig and sail a boat, tie impressive knots, and have had lots of fun on the water! Students have an awesome feeling of self-confidence from completing these activities. They can continue to build upon their skills to develop a lifelong love of sailing and adventure that can lead them all over the world!

Skills your child will develop while learning to sail carry over into everyday life. Skills include: Self-confidence, Courage, Team Work, Patience, Accountability, Sense of Direction, Weather Patterns, Math, Work Ethic, Vision/Planning and the list goes on ... !! --- Register Today! ---


If you have questions about which camp is best for your Junior Sailor, please contact Brandon Gerrald, Sailing Director, at or (803) 920-8535.


Camp Session Descriptions and Dates below...

Summer Camp 2022 Session Descriptions:

PB&J (Ages 4 – 7) – Prerequisite: None – $25 Member $35 Non-Member per class

Designed as a small group, introductory, hands-on class, the focus is on making kids comfortable in and around the water and boats. PB&J’s goal is to build life-long sailors by helping kids become more comfortable in the water and providing them with a fun and welcoming introduction to sailing. Each PB&J class starts with the three rules: have fun, wear a lifejacket, and listen to the coach. With just three rules, things are kept simple and safe.

Wednesdays throughout June and July, 5:30-7:00 PM --- Register Today! ---


Beginner Sailing – Optimist (Ages 7 – 15 or less than 110lbs) – Prerequisite: None – $325 Member $425 Non-Member

This course will teach the basics of rigging a boat, basic boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), sportsmanship, and water safety. A basic introduction to the sport of sailing. Instruction is done in club-owned single sailor Optimists. Sailors learn the basics of steering, trimming the sail, and balancing the boat in an exciting, hands on way. 

Available: May 31-June 4, June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24 --- Register Today! ---


Beginner Sailing – 420 (Ages 12 – 17 and 110lbs+) – Prerequisite: None  – $325 Member $425 Non-Member

This course is for older and larger sailors who are new to sailing, or younger sailors with some experience but who are new to the 420. Course includes basics of rigging a 420, basic boat handling, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), sportsmanship, and water safety. Instruction is done in club-owned 420s with two sailors per boat.

Available: May 31-June 4, June 6-10, June 13-17, June 27-July 1 --- Register Today! ---


Intermediate Sailing – Intro to Racing and Adventure (Ages 7-14) – Prerequisite: Beginner Sailing  – $325 Member $425 Non-Member

This course is for sailors who have completed a Beginner course and want to continue their progression. Sailors will get a chance to sail a variety of boats—Opti, Skiff, C420, Sunfish—and the course will teach additional sailing concepts while honing the fundamentals learned in Beginner courses. The course includes introductory racing concepts like basic racing rules, starting sequences, and simple race courses, as well as introductory cruising concepts like destination sailing and basic navigation. Each of these tracks can be further explored in their respective Advanced Sailing courses.

Available: June 20-24, July 11-15, July 18-22 --- Register Today! ---


Advanced Sailing – Adventure and Navigation (Ages 12-17) – Prerequisite: Beginner OR Intermediate Sailing  – $325 Member $425 Non-Member

This course is designed for those who want to be on the water but aren’t necessarily interested in racing. Adventure Sailors will continue to sail Optis, Open Skiffs, C420s, and Sunfish, but will also learn how to sail keelboats from 22-27 ft. They will explore navigation, boat mechanics, environmental awareness, and will take sailboat trips to local points of interest. This class is perfect for the child that loves the water and experiencing it in a variety of ways. It is an inspired alternative to the conventional racing track route and will build a foundation for lifelong sailors.

Available: June 27-July 1, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29 --- Register Today! ---


Advanced Sailing – Performance Racing (Ages 10-17) – Prerequisite: Beginner OR Intermediate Sailing – $325 Member $425 Non-Member

This course is for the sailor who enjoys the competitive side of sailing and wants to acquire and hone the skills required to be a competitive sailboat racer. The course expands on the racing concepts taught in Intermediate Sailing and will focus on developing starting strategy, roll tacking/jibing, mark rounding, and other skills/tactics/drills necessary to improving regatta performance. Sailors will compete in Optis, Open Skiffs, and C420s.

Available: July 25-29 --- Register Today! ---


Powerboating – Safe Powerboat Handling and Lake Murray Exploration (Ages 13-17) – Prerequisite: None – $325 Member $425 Non-Member

This course will teach students safe powerboat handling skills while also exploring and learning about Lake Murray.Students will learn basic engine maintenance, anchoring, docking, and maneuvers such as high-speed turn, prop walk, emergency stop, crew overboard recovery, and more. Upon completion, the student should be comfortable operating a single-engine powerboat under 100HP with adult supervision. Students will also complete the NASBLA course and earn their SC-NASBLA card.

Available: Aug 1-5 --- Register Today! ---


*Prerequisite course requirements can be met with course participation in 2022 or a prior year at Columbia Sailing Club. Sufficient sailing experience may substitute for a prerequisite and such exemption is at the sole discretion of the CSC Sailing Director.


Let's Sail!

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Columbia Sailing Club | 292 Shuler Road | Columbia, SC 29212 | 803-764-6065

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