Marina del Rey offers a unique way to get your kid out in the great outdoors this summer – sailing camp! Several local yacht clubs and recreation centers offer all-day youth programs throughout the summer months. Beginner classes typically introduce terminology, boat rigging, water safety, and basic sailing skills, while the advanced classes for older children build on that foundation. Research your options below in advance, since spots are limited.
California Yacht Club
The California Yacht Club’s Summer Program for youth ages 6–18 offers three one-week sessions June through August. Camp is Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with aftercare available till 6 p.m. Additionally, there are two Ocean Adventure Week sessions with projects and aquatic fun designed to introduce sailing and promote ocean sciences and conservation. CYC member and non-member pricing. 310-822-1908Learn More
Del Rey Yacht Club
Del Rey Yacht Club offers two multiweek summer sessions with classes ranging from beginner through double-handed race. Ages 8–18. DRYC member and non-member pricing. 310-822-5182.Learn More
Fairwind Yacht Club
Fairwind Yacht Club collaborates the LA County Sheriff’s Department and Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Los Angeles on a sailing program for at-risk youth. The classes function year-round as an after-school activity, as well as a series of one-week summer camps called Fast & Fun. The latter kicks off in late June. Interested parties can get more information from Val Cuella at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, 323-742-9348.
LA County Department of Beaches & Harbors
The LA County Department of Beaches & Harbors offers beginning and advanced sailing lessons for ages 11–17. One-week sessions will be offered June–August, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 310-305-9587.Learn More
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
SMWYC’s Summer Sail Program runs one-week sessions June through August, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Ages 7–17. SMWYC member and non-member pricing. 310-827-7692, ext. 122.Learn More
UCLA Marina Aquatic Center
Among the Aquatic Center’s many water year-round activity classes is a summer sailing camp for kids entering grades 6–10, or age 11–15. The week-long classes are offered throughout summer, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Extended care available 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. 310-206-4000.Learn More