Sailing camp starts soon

Young islanders will be able to learn the ins and outs of sailing when the Junior Sailing Program begins next month.

This will be the 24th year of the program, which will open the week of July 14.

More than 2,000 island children and teens have learned how to sail through this class, and more than 100 young adults have learned the responsibilities of becoming certified sailing instructors.

Junior sailors, age 11 and over, spend four days on the water with Sail USA- certified instructors. Junior programs are limited to 20 sailors and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Quartermaster Yacht Club.

Beginner sailors, ages 8 to 10, have one instructor for every four sailors as they learn how to be on the water safely. Beginners learn the basics of handling a boat, sailing techniques, water safety and marine ecology. Beginner camps are limited to 12 sailors and run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Weekly classes start the week of July 14 and run through Aug. 15. Each week offers one junior camp for 10-year-olds and older, and one beginner camp. Adult classes are offered by demand.

Class fees are $220 per student per week until June 23 and $245 per student per week after June 23. Scholarships are available through the Vashon Park District.

Register at the Vashon Pool or by calling the Vashon Park District at 463-9602

— Tom Shugrue

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