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Sailing Camps

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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Must successfully pass Novice Sailing  (or equivalent skill level).

Questions about Eligibility? Contact Cal Adventures Youth Programs Manager Lauren Gregory.

Location

UC Berkeley Marina – 124 University Ave Berkeley, CA 94720

Camp Sessions

Novice Sailing

For campers who are new to sailing or have not passed our previous Level 1, we offer our two-week Novice Sailing.

**NEW FOR 2023 – FULL DAY NOVICE SAILING**

This course is designed to teach the basics of sailing, including rigging, tacking, gybing, capsizing, docking, knots and safety issues (https://www.nomadsailing.co.uk/learning-zone/glossary.html#.Y3PmfXbMJhE). With a low instructor to camper ratio every student can find an ideal learning environment either in the classroom or on our sailboats. Campers will spend 3-4 hours of each day sailing & rigging aboard our Zest sailboats, while the rest of the day will be a mix of classroom learning and land-based activities. 

In 2022 we introduced the two-week Novice camp and it was wonderful! The tides are not conducive for that model again in 2023. This FULL DAY 1 week camp will pack just as much sailing time into five days as our previous two-week session. 

No previous sailing experience is required, however a comfort with wind and water is strongly encouraged.

Session Dates Days Time Price Action
Session A (Weeks 1&2) 6/6/22 – 6/17/22 Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. $540 Waitlist
Session B (Weeks 3&4) 6/21/22 – 7/1/22 Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. $490 Waitlist
Session C (Weeks 5&6) 7/11/22 – 7/22/22 Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. $540 Waitlist
Session D (Weeks 7&8) 7/25/22 – 8/5/22 Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. $540 Waitlist

Intermediate Sailing

For campers who have completed Novice, our former Level 1, or have existing sailing experience, we offer our two-week Intermediate Sailing

This course is an excellent follow-up to our Novice Sailing class. Campers will refine sailing skills and to develop confidence in the higher afternoon winds in a fun and controlled environment aboard our Zests and Venture sailboats. Our instructors are experienced sailors who aim to ensure that the campers learn in a fun and enjoyable manner while fostering a love for the lifelong skill for sailing. 

Campers must have completed Novice Sailing with Cal Adventures or have commensurate experience from an outside institution. Comfort with wind and water is strongly encouraged. Please contact Lauren at laurengregory@berkeley.edu with any questions about qualifying experience.

Session Dates Days Time Price Action
Session A (Weeks 1&2) 6/6/22 – 6/17/22 Mon – Fri 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $540 Waitlist
Session B (Weeks 3&4) 6/21/22 – 7/1/22 Mon – Fri 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $490 Register
Session C (Weeks 6&7) 7/11/22 – 7/22/22 Mon – Fri 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $540 Register
Session D (Weeks 8&9) 7/25/22 – 8/5/22 Mon – Fri 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $540 Register

Adventure Sailing

Campers who have completed both Novice & Intermediate camps are invited to join us in the afternoons to build their skills. Under the supervision of sailing staff, campers will double- or single-hand our Zests & Ventures to refine skills in preparation to be able to rent from Cal Adventures independently. Plans may include a sail to Treasure Island if conditions permit. 

Campers must have completed Intermediate Sailing with Cal Adventures or have commensurate experience from an outside institution. Comfort with wind and water is strongly encouraged. Please contact Lauren at laurengregory@berkeley.edu with any questions about qualifying experience.

Session Dates Days Time Price Action
Week 10 8/8/22 – 8/12/22 Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $540 Register

 

Mid-Summer Sailing

A one-week chance for sailors to explore the afternoons mid-summer. Completion of Novice, our former Level 1, or existing sailing experience required.

Session Dates Days Time Price Action
Week 5 7/5/22 – 7/8/22 Mon – Fri 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $260 Register

Camp Details

Afternoon Extended Care Options

Extend your child(ren)’s camp day, and rest easy knowing that you have some extra time to get through traffic, finish a few errands, or pick up dinner before you pick up your child(ren).

Schedule: 4:00PM – 6:00PM Daily

  Price Sessions Available Register
Weekly Afternoon Extended Care $75 Weeks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Register
Weekly Afternoon Extended Care $60 Weeks 3, 5 Register

 

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