The Camps

The programs at Hilton Head Island Junior Sailing School are designed to ensure an enjoyable and instructive experience with SUCCESS for ALL AGES of young sailors. We limit the size of each KidShip class in order to offer each sailor a lot of personalized instruction. We offer programs for the beginner sailer as well as more serious sailers who want to work on their USODA or SAYRA optimist levels.

Available programs

This program provides an introduction to the elements of basic seamanship for swimmers ages 6 and 7. Instruction covers rowing, basic sailing, knot tying, navigation, and an emphasis on developing confidence on the water.
Ages: 6-7
Time: Mon-Fri, 9-11:30 am
One-week sessions ONLY
Session 1: June 18 - 22
Session 3: July 16 - 20
Session 2: July 2 - 6
Session 4: July 30 - Aug 3
Program Cost: $395.00 (commuter)
LEARN TO SAIL (Optimist/420)
This program is for swimmers age 8 - 17 with little or no sailing experience. Instruction covers the basics: rigging and un-rigging, capsizing, rules of the road, sail trim, tacking and jibing.
INTERMEDIATE (Optimist/420/Harbor 20)
This program is the next level for sailors with a minimum of four weeks prior sailing instruction and the ability and confidence to "single-hand" a dinghy.
Ages: 8-17
Time: Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm
One-week Full-Day Sessions
Session 1: June 11 - 15
Session 5: July 9 - 13
Session 2: June 18 - 22
Session 6: July 16 - 20
Session 3: June 25 - 29
Session 7: July 23 - 27
Session 4: July 2 - 6
Session 8: July 30 - Aug 3
Program Cost: $595 (commuter)     $1,295 (resident)
Optimist Development Team (ODT)
The focus of this program is to prepare serious sailors for racing and competing at local South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association (SAYRA) events. This program will be developing the basic concepts needed to compete at the next level. Boat Rentals are available, boat ownership is encouraged.
Ages: 7 - 10
Time: Mon - Fri, 9 am - 4 pm
Optimist Development Team (ODT)
The focus of this program is to prepare serious sailors for USODA and SAYRA optimist events. The team would need a commitment for 8 of the 10 weeks with the hopes of competing in 7-10 local, regional, and national Optimist sailing events. Team members would sail Monday-Friday unless traveling on the weekend with a few days off here and there.
Ages: 8 - 15
Time: Mon - Fri, 9 am - 4 pm
Weekly or Multiple Week Sessions
Weeks available run from June 4 - August 8.
9 weeks: $2,195.00 (commuter)      $9,995.00 (resident)
4 weeks: $1,295.00 (commuter)      $4,795.00 (resident)
Weekly: $395.00 (commuter)          $1,295.00 (resident)