Spring After-School Sail & Paddlesports Camp

$275/6 weeks, Ages 9-14, Maximum 12/camp

Not offered in 2019

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Don't wait for summer to get your child out on the water, sign them up for our After-School Sail & Paddlesports camp and help them prepare for a summer of boating! This camp is geared toward youth who would like to learn the basics of sailing, kayaking, and paddleboarding, as well as toward youth who already have the basics down, but who would like to refresh their existing skills before the summer months. In this multi-week camp, participants not only learn boating basics, but also make new friends, work as a team, build self confidence, and learn how to safely recreate on Bellingham Bay.

All Community Boating Center camps are focused on skill-building, community engagement, team and leadership growth, confidence building, safety awareness, and fun. Each of our camps are led by CPR/First Aid/AED certified instructors who have extensive boating and youth leading experience.

Fall After-School Sail & Paddlesports Camp

$275/6 weeks, Ages 9-14, Maximum 12/camp

Not offered in 2019

Keep the summer fun going with our fall After-School Sail & Paddlesports camp! This camp is a six-week course for youth 9-14 years old. The camp is tailored for youth who may have missed summer sail, kayak, and paddleboard opportunities and who want to learn the basics, or who want to continue to develop their existing boating skills on Bellingham Bay in the early fall. In this multi-week camp, participants not only learn boating basics, but also make new friends, work as a team, build self confidence, and learn how to safely recreate on Bellingham Bay.

All Community Boating Center camps are focused on skill-building, community engagement, team and leadership growth, confidence building, safety awareness, and fun. Each of our camps are led by CPR/First Aid/AED certified instructors who have extensive boating and youth leading experience.

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FAQ:

Does my child need to know how to swim to participate in a CBC summer camp?

Yes!

A swim check is required for all students participating in our camp programs. The check consists of jumping off the end of the dock without a life jacket, swimming to a nearby buoy, treading water, and putting a life jacket on while treading water. This test helps ensure the safety of all our campers. This is the standard requirement as set forth by US Sailing. All students should demonstrate a comfort level in and around the water during the swim test. We strongly encourage all parents/guardians to practice this with their child prior to camp. We also encourage parents to sign their children up for swim lessons or a swim test at a local pool. Campers who do take a swim test at a pool should aim to be at least at a Youth Level 3 swimming capability.

What does my child need for camp?

Regardless of the weather and the forecast, you should prepare your child for all kinds of weather, and every day your child should be prepared to swim in the chilly waters of Bellingham Bay. The CBC provides “shorty” wetsuits but you'll need to provide the following to help ensure that your child has a great experience:

Required Attire:

Swimsuit
Rain jacket
Rain pants
Long underwear
Shorts
Long pants
Warm hat
Sun hat
T-shirt (cotton is OK)
Wool socks
Fleece or light jacket
Shoes that can be worn while swimming (boat shoes are not necessary)
Dry shoes for the car ride home

Required Personal Gear:

Packed lunch
Water bottle with at least 1 qt. of water
Snacks
Medications needed during the day
Towel

Optional Personal Gear:

Sunglasses with safety cord
Sunscreen
Lip sun block

If my child is in a sailing camp and there's no wind, what do they do?

Because wind, weather, and water conditions are variable, and outside of human control, all youth campers receive instruction in both sailing and paddling. Camp instructors constantly assess the conditions to inform their outing plan for the day, and make adjustments to the day's activities based on the conditions. For light wind or no wind days, campers will receive more intensive on-land education on sailing concepts, and may practice their knowledge of wind/water reading, and boat mechanics. Campers will also get out on the water in paddleboards and kayaks on light/no wind days, to continue to build their comfort in the marine environment. For all sailing camps, every effort is made to ensure campers receive as much sailing time on the water as possible.

For heavy wind days, instructors will assess the conditions, and if they determine that conditions are too dangerous for being on the water, they will continue with on-land activities and education.