Two easy steps to get your child sailing:
A Junior Membership is required for class sign-up. Parents or guardians may register their child(ren) anytime online or during open hours at our front desk.
- 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)
All youth who turn 10 before August 31 and do not turn 18 before the first day of the Junior Program.
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.
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
Once registered for a membership, please sign your junior up for classes. You may view our class schedule preview to see what’s available. Classes will fill up fast as summer approaches. Check out our suggested path below, and please see our class description page for all the possibilities and opportunities we offer.
Novice sailors start with our two-week Beginner Sailing. They may also sign up now for any two-week Intermediate Sailing starting after their beginner session concludes. The two classes do not need to be taken back-to-back. More information on these can be found on our Class Descriptions page.
Plus, see our note below about additional programming (included in the membership of course) for more options your child will enjoy during their time at CBI!
Students who completed Beginner Sailing in 2019 (or Mainsail prior to 2019) are ready for Intermediate Sailing which instructs sailors on the finer points of sailing, as well as reefing and using a jib. This class aims to prepare sailors for the yellow and red tests.
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:
- Test for their red or yellow-plus rating during appropriate wind conditions during JP hours
- 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.
- 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.
- Enroll in Windsurfing (requires Mercury Yellow and SUP ratings).
- 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.
While most of our students progress through our class structure from beginner to intermediate to advanced offerings, we also encourage experienced sailors to join Community Boating and jump into our junior program where appropriate. If your child has extensive sailing experience outside of CBI, please contact the Junior Program Director at [email protected] for assistance in determining which class to sign up for.
We have transitioned to a two-week class model which will allow students to better retain what they’ve learned. Students who have not completed Mainsail or Beginner Sailing should enroll in Beginner Sailing, which will include a refresher along with further instruction, lessons and games designed to challenge and support them.
This two week class will refresh their green rating immediately, and then prepare them for Intermediate Sailing once complete.
While a red rating is required for most advanced classes, there are many other classes which novice and intermediate sailors can enjoy. These include Paddle Adventure, STEM classes, Windsurf (yellow required), Stand-up Paddleboard, daily clinics, and much more. See our class description page for additional info, and what next steps might look like. We also offer fun activities every week, field trips, and opportunities for volunteerism, in addition to our open sail program, and full access to our dock, so there is enough to entertain our members the entire day, week and summer!
Questions? Please see our FAQ’s