Campers learn and review the essentials of sailing at their experience level on the beautiful San Francisco Bay!
2022 brings exciting updates to our youth sailing programs! Most of our sailing camps are now two weeks, to give more time for sailors to master new skills.
Age & Eligibility
- Novice Sailing: Campers must be ages 10-17 on the first day of camp in order to register. All campers must have basic swimming skills. Questions about eligibility? Contact Cal Adventures Youth Programs Manager Lauren Gregory.
- Intermediate Sailing: Campers must be ages 10-17 on the first day of camp in order to register. Successful pass of Sailing Novice Sailing (or equivalent skill level) as a prerequisite to this camp. All campers must have basic swimming skills.
Questions about eligibility? Contact Cal Adventures Youth Programs Manager Lauren Gregory.
- Adventure Sailing: Campers must be ages 10-17 on the first day of camp in order to register. All campers must have basic swimming skills. Must successfully pass Novice + Intermediate Sailing required (or equivalent skill level).
- Mid-Summer Sailing: Campers must be ages 10-17 on the first day of camp in order to register. All campers must have basic swimming skills.
UC Berkeley Marina – 124 University Ave Berkeley, CA 94720
For campers who are new to sailing or have not passed our previous Level 1, we offer our two-week Novice Sailing.
Learn introductory sailing skills through a combination of classroom instruction & aboard our fleet of 15-foot Coronado and 17.5-foot Venture sailboats. Calmer winds in the morning create the ideal learning environment to practice foundational skills. Campers will sail with two to four per boat under the close supervision of the instructors.
|Session A||6/6/22 – 6/17/22||Mon – Fri||8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.||$540||Register|
|Session B||6/21/22 – 7/1/22||Mon – Fri||8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.||$490||Register|
|Session C||7/11/22 – 7/22/22||Mon – Fri||8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.||$490||Register|
|Session D||7/18/22 – 7/29/22||Mon – Fri||8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.||$540||Register|
- Skills to be TaughtAppropriate clothing and safety procedures, how to rig the boat, how to steer effectively in a variety of wind directions, how to tack the boat, introductory rope work, introduction to capsize recovery.
- Skills required to PassAssist with rigging a Coronado, tie figure 8, as both helm & crew: reach, beat & run, tack the boat, get out of head to wind, capsize recovery basics, describe points of sail, identify: wind direction, right of way, impact of tides, safety gear, main rigging & sail parts.
For campers who have completed Novice, our former Level 1, or have existing sailing experience, we offer our two-week Intermediate Sailing. Intermediate sailors will join us in the more powerful afternoon winds aboard our 17.5-foot fleet of Ventures to build on skills learned in Level 1, as well as capsizing, tacking, jibing, and high wind sailing.
|Session A||6/6/22 – 6/17/22||Mon – Fri||1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||$540||Register|
|Session B||6/21/22 – 7/1/22||Mon – Fri||1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||$490||Register|
|Session C||7/12 – 7/16||Mon – Fri||1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||$490||Register|
|Session D||7/11/22 – 7/22/22||Mon – Fri||1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||$540||Register|
- Skills Required for Attendance(same as required to pass Level 1) Assist at rigging Coronado, tie figure 8 knot, as both helm & crew: reach, beat & run, tack the boat, get out of head to wind, capsize recovery basics, describe points of sail, identify: wind direction, right of way, impact of tides, safety gear, main rigging & sail parts.
- Skills required to PassRig Venture unassisted, reef a boat, identify all parts of boat, rigging & sails, tie: bowline, double half-hitch, clove hitch, launch & recover boat from dock, unassisted: reach, beat & run, tack, gybe, pick up & leave a mooring, come alongside another boat, recover a man overboard, describe 5 essentials and apply to all points of sailing, right a capsized boat unassisted.
Explore the many facets of this adventure hobby: learn the rules of racing then test your skills in a formal race, learn new technical skills like anchoring and use of a trapeze, participate in the adventure of a long sail, beyond the boundaries of the south sailing basin! This course is focused on the activities open to sailors once they have built their fundamental sailing skills.
|Week 10||8/8/22 – 8/12/22||Mon – Fri||9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||$540||Register|
- Skills to be TaughtBoat control maneuvers, racing rules & course laying, long sail route planning & safety protocols, anchoring, and trapezing.
A one-week chance for sailors to explore the afternoons mid-summer. Completion of Novice, our former Level 1, or existing sailing experience required.
|Week 5||7/5/22 – 7/8/22||Mon – Fri||1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||$260||Register|
- Camp Curriculum & Requirements
You may have noticed we re-tooled our youth sailing curriculum. Our goal is to increase transparency into our skills requirements in order to offer optimal experiences for our campers and families. It is our intention to be clear about expectations for sailors at all levels in order to create a safe and engaging learning environment and mitigate unnecessary risk.
We require clearance from one level to the next with safety in mind, as our weather conditions and equipment will vary between them. We have also outlined the necessary skills for admission into a camp and clearance to the next and are happy to discuss comparable sailing experience from other programs.
Our program schedule is structured around anticipated tide and wind conditions and are subject to adjustment to ensure participant safety.
- What to Bring
- It can be COLD at the Marina — even during the summer! Please outfit your camper in warm layers.
- Students should wear non-cotton clothing that can get wet
- Shoes or sandals that can be worn securely in the water or mud in the event of a capsize (e.g. old sneakers, Tevas, Keens. NO flip-flops!)
- Glasses should always have a strap to hold them on
- Bring a windbreaker, wool socks, sunglasses, and sun screen
- Bring change of dry clothes for after class
- Cal Adventures provides wetsuits and paddling jackets
- Students should bring a water bottle and a light lunch or snack
- A Note on Outside Experience
We want all of our sailors to enjoy themselves in our learning environment, which can be a rather demanding one for the less experienced. We are happy to discuss the nuances of the conditions in the South Sailing Basin on an individual basis to ensure placement in the appropriate camp program.