Getting Started

2020 Jr. Summer Program cancelled || see more at community-boating.org/covid-19

Community Boating’s Junior Program serves everybody from total beginners to lifelong sailors. This guide will help new and returning JP families choose the right classes and sign up for memberships. After signing up for a core sailing class, please also explore our additional programming.

My child is new to sailing

Welcome to Community Boating! Novice sailors should start with Beginner Sailing, a two-week introductory class. Families of new sailors can sign up and purchase a membership in just one step at this link. See below for membership info and additional programming.

My child has sailing experience, but is new to CBI

Most of our students progress through our class structure from beginner to intermediate to advanced offerings, but we also encourage experienced sailors to join Community Boating and jump into our junior program at the appropriate level. If your child has extensive sailing experience outside of CBI, please contact the Junior Program Director at [email protected] for assistance. See below for membership info and additional programming.

My child was a junior member last year

Welcome back! Returning families can purchase an all-inclusive membership, and then add the right classes by logging onto your parent account at this link. The appropriate class for returners might depend on your ratings, as well as previous classes taken:

My child took Beginner Sailing last year (or Mainsail prior to 2019)

Students who completed Beginner Sailing in 2019 (or Mainsail prior to 2019) are ready for Intermediate Sailing. This class instructs students on the finer points of sailing, as well as reefing and using a jib. It aims to prepare sailors for their yellow and red tests.

My child took Intermediate Sailing last year (or Jib prior to 2019)

Students who took Intermediate Sailing in 2019 (or Jib prior to 2019) and don’t have their yellow rating are best served re-enrolling in Intermediate Sailing, which includes a refresher along with instruction, lessons and games designed to challenge and support them. They may also take advantage of Open Sailing, testing, and Mercury Clinics.

Sailors with a yellow rating, but not a red (or yellow-plus) rating, have five great options:

  1. Test for their red or yellow-plus rating during appropriate wind conditions during JP hours
  2. Free-sail if unable to test. A yellow-rated sailor may go sailing any day we are open, either open sailing in light to moderate breeze or testing in windy conditions. This is the best way to improve at sailing, and also a core benefit of our Junior Membership.
  3. Enroll in daily Mercury Clinics designed as a supervised practice environment. Instructors will also attempt to assess sailors for new ratings during these clinics, wind-permitting.
  4. Enroll in Windsurfing (requires Mercury Yellow and SUP ratings).
  5. Take Intermediate Sailing as a refresher and to prepare for the yellow-plus and red tests. This is a fun option with two-weeks of classes, and is encouraged for sailors under 12 years old.

A Red or Yellow-Plus rating is required in order to sign up for advanced offerings such as high performance and keelboat classes. See our class description page for more info.

Membership Information

As soon as you complete registration for a Junior Program class, your child will earn a full-season membership that includes classes, fleet access, open sailing, testing, and additional programming; everything we offer for 10 summer weeks!

To complete registration, you’ll need
  • Parent/guardian contact (including email address)
  • Child’s name and contact info
  • Child’s swim proof (see below)
  • Income information (optional — for discount calculation)
  • Credit card (in person we accept Visa/MC, or cash)
Who is eligible?

All youth who turn 10 before August 31 and do not turn 18 before the first day of the Junior Program.

How much do membership and classes cost?

We strive to make Junior Membership affordable to all. Our fee is on a generous need-based sliding scale from $1 to $375 and includes membership, classes, and boat usage; everything we offer for ten summer weeks! During registration, our fee calculator offers discounts based on household income and family makeup.

Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Will there be a swim test? What swim proof do I need?

We don’t administer a swim test, however we require that all junior members maintain on file a swim proof stating they can swim 50 yards without stopping. Your child can take a swim test at any YMCA by appointment. We also accept

  • YMCA Fish Level or above
  • Red Cross Level V swimming certificate
  • a Boy/Girl Scout swimming merit badge
  • a letter on pool letterhead stating swimming ability signed by a lifeguard on pool or school letterhead
  • this form completed by a reputable pool/lifeguard

Additional Programming

Alongside Beginner Sailing, junior members can stay at the boathouse all day long for fun & games, kayak classes, STEM sessions, and other additional programming, included in the membership!