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 $349 and includes membership, classes, and boat usage; everything we offer for ten summer weeks! During registration, our automatic fee calculator considers household income, family size, and employee health benefits.
We don’t administer a swim test, however we ask that all junior members possess 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
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 will start with our two-week Beginner Sailing class. You may also sign up now for a two-week Intermediate Sailing class which starts after their beginner session finishes. 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!
We are transitioning to a two-week class model which will allow students to better retain what they’ve learned. Students who did not complete Mainsail in a previous year should take the two-week Beginner Sailing course, 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 will prepare them for Intermediate Sailing this year or next.
Students who completed Mainsail in 2018 are ready for Intermediate Sailing which instructs sailors on the finer points of sailing, as well as reefing and using a jib.
Students who took Jib but don’t yet have a red rating should take Intermediate Sailing which will include a refresher along with instruction, lessons and games designed to challenge and support them. They may also take mercury clinics which are designed to help students practice the skills for a red rating in a supportive environment.
Sailors with their red rating are ready for advanced offerings such as high performance and keelboat classes if they wish. 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.
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