The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club has many summer junior activities from which to choose. From their elite sailing courses to their first class swimming, tennis and camp experience, they have a wide range of programming. Some of these programs are open to non-members as well. Go online or call to find the right fit for your youth.
JUNIOR SAILING PROGRAM
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Junior Sailing is at the forefront of sailing. Suitable for parents who want their children to learn the basics of sailing in a fun and safe environment and for those kids with Olympic aspirations. Learn to Sail • Level 1 and 2 (Ages 7–11) An introduction to the sport of sailing, this course will teach the basics of rigging a boat, boat handling, sailing fundamentals and water safety with a fun, game-inspired curriculum. GPYC Racing Team (Ages 8-Up) GPYC’s racing team is a fun but intensive program for intermediate-advanced sailors who are ready to compete in local and regional regattas. Our racing team competes in weekly local events with additional opportunities to compete on a regional and national level. Sailors have the opportunity to compete in the Club’s Optis, Lasers, and J/22s. Kinder Sailing (Ages 5 and 6) This new week-long session is a perfect sailing introduction for those who love the water and aren’t old enough yet for our Learn to Sail program. Our instructors will use the sailing simulator and the Club’s J/22s to get our smallest sailors comfortable on the water. This session will cover basic sailing concepts and water safety. Adventure Sailing (Ages 12-18) Adventure sailing is for the beginner to advanced teenage sailor who wants to explore the water and improve their sailing in a fun and casual way. During this two-week session, sailors will get to sail the Club’s J/22s, O’pen Bics, 420s and windsurfers. This class focuses on water safety and seamanship while allowing sailors to experience the joys of being on the water.
JUNIOR SWIMMING PROGRAM
Swim Team: The GPYC Sailfish Swim Team is a competitive swim program offered to members ages 4-17 (age as of June 1). Swimmers are grouped by ability, and practice in a fun learning environment. The GPYC is one of the original MICSA participants in the 78-year tradition of the Michigan Interclub Swimming Association, a group of 14 clubs located throughout Metro Detroit. Synchronized Swim Team: This is an amazing sport offered to build strength and endurance.
Level 1 – Intro to Water Skills: Age 3+ For beginner swimmers. Basic skills include breath control, kicking, floating on front and back. Class is geared toward first-time swimmers. Level 2 – For Beginner Swimmers: Age 4+ Class is geared towards the beginner swimmer who is already comfortable in the water. Basic skills include breath control, kicking, floating, freestyle and backstroke. If time permits, butterfly and breaststroke will be introduced. Private Lessons are also available.
JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAM
It’s time to get your child acclimated to tennis on our Har-Tru tennis courts and pickleball courts. GPYC’s Tennis Pro has developed a worldclass program with the help of his one-on-one tennis coaches. Pee Wee Program - This program provides the building blocks of tennis and is taught through fun and engaging games. Ages: 4-7 Challenger & Tour Level - Designed for intermediate to advanced children, emphasizing improved foot work, strokes, strategy, and match play.
The GPYC Camp is for children ages 4-12 and runs from mid June through beginning of August. The 2020 summer highlights of programming included gardening, cooking classes, STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), tennis, pickleball, swimming, splash pad, playscape, sailboat rides and more.
For more information for next year, please visit www.gpyc.org/fun