Apr 28, 2020 -- Posted by : Admin

Curriculum.jpegHYC Junior Sailing is a small program with a high percentage of instructors to sailors. We realize each sailor is unique and no curriculum fits any sailor perfectly. While our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of as many sailors as possible, our instructors also strive to give each sailor individual attention.

Be sure to click on the 'HANDBOOK' link on the top right of this page for complete details about our program's curriculum including all guidelines and rules. 

Typical Daily Schedule

  • Check in at 9:00am  (early morning drop-off option starts at 7:45am) 
  • Group activity and lessons ("chalk talk") 
  • Shuttle children to floating docks to rig boats 
  • Morning sail and on-the-water lessons
  • Return for lunch at picnic tables, followed by pool time
  • Group activity and lesson review 
  • Back to floating docks for afternoon sail and lessons
  • De-rig boats and return for final debriefing
  • Sign out at 4:00pm -- pick-up at picnic tables 
  • Line up for the ice cream truck (not included)
  • Extended day option:  pick up by 5:15pm

Each day our instructors will have a written lesson plan. It is weather dependent and often needs to be altered or advanced following the progress of both individual students and the class as a whole.

Senior Sailors (14+ years old by the end of 2018) learn key safety skills by attending an off-site US Sailing class in Session 1, and may have opportunities to sail on bigger boats and in regattas with our members. The curriculum by itself isn’t worth anything without good or excellent instructors to execute it.  

All of our instructors are US Sailing trained Level 1 certified. They employ auditory, visual, and kinesthetic (VAK) methods to teach sailing using chalk talks, demonstrations, land drills, and on the water drills. All  in fun, entertaining and enjoyable ways.  Our goal is for sailors by the end the summer to want to come back ... and ideally to become life-long sailors.

The session objectives are only a guideline and will not perfectly match the goals or needs of every sailor. They are only examples and will most likely need to be altered to meet the goals and needs of each individual sailor.


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