Summer Sailing Camps for Youth in Marina del Rey

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 8–18 offers three two-week sessions June through August, weekdays, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CYC member and non-member pricing. 310-822-1908.

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Del Rey Yacht Club

Del Rey Yacht Club offers two summer sessions, Mondays through Thursdays,  8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., with classes ranging from beginner through double-handed race.  Ages 8–18. DRYC member and non-member pricing. 310-822-5182.

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Fairwind Yacht Club

Fairwind Yacht Club collaborates the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Los Angeles on a sailing program for underserved 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 Valentin Cuella at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, 310-390-4477.

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L.A. County Department of Beaches & Harbors

The L.A. County Department of Beaches & Harbors offers beginning and advanced sailing lessons for ages 11–17. One-week sessions are offered June through August, weekdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 310-305-9587.

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Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club

SMWYC’s Summer Sail Program runs one-week sessions June through August, weekdays, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., for ages 7–17. SMWYC member and non-member pricing. 310-827-7692, ext. 122.

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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 ages 11–15. The week-long classes are offered throughout summer, weekdays, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Extended day care available. 310-206-4000.

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