Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
Summer Sail Camp

Weekly sailing camp instruction designed for kids 7 to 17 years old. Boats used are provided from the SMWYC fleet of US Sabot Centerboard Prams, Optimists, Lasers and CFJs to meet the needs of students of all sizes and abilities. Most of our dedicated and talented Instructors are certified by US Sailing. Maximum beginning student to instructor ratio of 6:1.

Program Dates and Times

Weekly sessions beginning June 11, 2018 and ending August 17, 2018
Monday - Friday
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Extended hours are generally available


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 swim test. 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.  Experienced and 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 has years of experience in Junior sailing programs as students, instructors and coaches. They have wholeheartedly embraced our community-based, non-competitive teaching philosophy.

   Summer Camp Tuition

One week class for First Timers $295 (not available the week of 7/2 - 7/6)
One week class for Continuing Students $265 ($215 the week of 7/2 - 6)
Members rate $180 per week

No Additional Charter Fees! 

Financial assistance is available, please contact us for information.


Registration - Opening Soon...

Enrollment in First Timer classes is limited to six beginning students per instructor to ensure high quality, personal instruction.  Overall capacity may vary based upon the mix of first time students and continuing students. Registration is done with our Reservation System which reserves a space.  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

Summer Sail Camp Availability update - June 22!

There is plenty of room for week 4 (July 2 - 6) and individual days are also available for Continuing Students that week.  Weeks 3 and 5 are sold out.  Week 6 is sold out for First Timers but there's plenty of space for continuing students.  There's plenty of space left for weeks 7 through 10 for all sailors.

Visit our Summer Sail Camp page for more details on our Summer Camp.  To go straight to registration, click here.

Registration for 2018 Sail Camp is open!

Please read these instructions for using our new 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 one you use when signing up.
    • SMWYC Members only, you will be asked for a Member Number.  Enter anything in this field (but you will need to enter something) then enter your 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..

    • If you have not sailed with us before, you need to also complete our Information and Waiver Package for 2018 and return it to us via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

    • For 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.

    • Lunch, Aftercare:  You will be able to use the reservation system to order aftercare.  It is in the Merchandise section.  Aftercare hours are 3:30 to 5:00 pm and the cost is $15.  You are free to pack a lunch or you can order in advance online.  Look for the link in the left menu of our Sail Camp webpage.  Online lunch ordering is generally opened on Fridays for the following week.  You may also view a copy of the lunch menu here.

To begin Registration, click here.