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.
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 Co-Directors Fiona or Niko for assistance. See below for membership info and additional programming.
My child was a junior member before
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:
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.
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!
- Parent/guardian contact (including email address) and consent
- Child’s name and contact info
- Income information (optional — for discount calculation)
- Credit card (in person we accept Visa/MC, or cash)
- Child’s swim proof (see below)
All youth who turn 11 before August 31 and do not turn 18 before the first day of the Junior Program. Youth must also be able to swim 50 yards (two lengths of a standard pool).
We strive to make Junior Membership affordable to all. Our fee is on a generous need-based sliding scale from $1 to $395 and includes membership, classes, and boat usage; everything we offer! During registration, our fee calculator offers discounts based on household income and family makeup.
Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.
We don’t administer a swim test, however we require that all junior members be able to produce 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
Please keep your swim proof on file at home, as we may request it at any time.