Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
Summer Sail Camp

Weekly sailing camp instruction designed for kids 7 to 17 years old. The boats used are provided from the SMWYC fleet of US Sabot Centerboard Prams, RS Teras, Optimist Prams, Lasers, CFJs, C429 and Santana 20s to meet the needs of students of all sizes and abilities. Most of our dedicated and talented Instructors are certified by US Sailing or their home country equivalent. Maximum beginning student to instructor ratio of 6:1.

Program Dates and Times

Weekly sessions beginning June 8, 2020 and ending August 14, 2020
Monday - Friday
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Aftercare is available at the rate of $20/day


First time students begin sailing the first day of camp after an orientation, which includes basic shore instruction, an introduction to our fleet, and a capsize drill. On the water, we start with how to steer and tack, and then add skills and concepts quickly. Knot tying, boat rigging and safety essentials are incorporated along the way.  Continuing students receive instruction tailored to their sailing level with an emphasis on time on the water and fun exercises and excursions.

Our Instructors and Philosophy

Our team of Instructors is a mix of year round and seasonal instructors who have wholeheartedly embraced our community-based, non-competitive teaching philosophy.  

   Summer Camp Tuition

Weekly Session for first time sailors $335 ($270 for the week of July 4 (9 and up only, no class July 3))

Weekly Session for continuing students $275 ($220 for the week of July 4 (no class July 3))

Members rate $195 per week

No Additional Charter Fees! 

Financial assistance is available, please contact us for information.


Registration - Opening Soon

First Timer sailors sign up in sessions based upon their age to better tailor instructionfor the groups. Registration is done with our Reservation System which will also allow you to sign waivers and order Aftercare.  Should a week become fully booked, we will add you to a waiting list. For additonal information or questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call program chair Steve Potter at 310-827-7692.

SMWYC Juniors
13589 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Last two weeks of Sail Camp may be sold out but we still have lots to offer!

Unfortunately, the last two weeks are sold out with waiting lists so we have removed those options from the registartion system.  We've had a unprecedented rush to sign up for the last two weeks.  Our regular Thursday After School Sailing restarts Aug. 22 and our Saturday Open Sailing restarts Aug. 24.  Monthly Learn to Sail packages begin Sept. 7.  We have the flexibility to add days if you like or create special classes for groups.  Visit of Programs page or email us for more information.

Online Lunch ordering is now available

You may order lunch from the kitchen online.  Simply follow the link from the side menu of our Summer Sail Camp page or simply click here.  Your child's lunch will be warm and ready just in time for their mid-day break.  View the menu here and plan your selections.

Registration for 2020 Sail Camp is open!

Please read these instructions before using our Registration system.  We have streamlined the registration system to ask for a minimum amount of information but the are a couple of quirks we need you to know.  Please don't hesitate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

    • As part of Registering, a user account on the system is established.  This allows you to access your reservations.  Your email will be your username so you might want to make a note of the email you use when creating your account.
    • SMWYC Members only, you will be asked for a Member Number.  Enter anything or nothing in this field.  You will then enter a coupon code at checkout to receive member pricing.  To receive the Coupon Codes, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    • First Time Sailors, due to County Regulations, we no longer perform swim tests on the first day so your confirmation of your child's ability to swim is very important.  We do a Capsize Drill on the first or second day of camp, and that will confirm your child is comfortable enough in the water to continue.  In rare instances, this drill has excluded some students, in which case, we refund the balance of the week.

    • Aftercare:  You will be able to use the reservation system to order aftercare and pay in advance.  This will be up as we get closer to Camp starting.  Aftercare hours are 3:30 to 5:00 pm and the cost is $20. 

    • Lunch:  You are free to pack a lunch or you can order in advance online.  Look for the link in the right menu of our Sail Camp webpage.

To begin Registration, click here.