Kids Set Sail®


Kids Set Sail Registration for the 2021 Season will open in early January. It is recommended that parents secure their sailor's registration early in the year as we have sold out to capacity the last few years and suspect 2021 will be the same.

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What is Kids Set Sail?

Kids Set Sail offers beginner and intermediate camp for 7-15 year old children over the course of 8 one-week sessions throughout the summer. Young sailors with a broad range of experience from never having been on a boat to more advanced returning campers who will share the same sessions.

The Kids Set Sail Director and Instructors will evaluate your child's sailing skills and knowledge and will assign them to the proper area on the first day of camp. 

Beginner students will learn basic small boat sailing skills such as parts of the boat, knots, upwind/downwind sailing, person-overboard drills, and more!

Intermediate students who have several years of sailing experience will learn race techniques and build up their navigational skills, with the opportunity to engage in higher levels of the science behind sailing and also explore sailing on our more demanding Flying Junior fleet, when wind and weather safely permit. For access to the FJs, campers are required to be age 12+ and weigh more than 75 pounds.

Staff: US SAILING certified instructors are on site during our program and highly trained Instructors also on board, but youth work together to run the boat. We accommodate all sailing levels (no previous sailing experience is required.)

Both on land and on the water, our energetic Instructors use a fun combination of games and drills to teach sailing concepts. At Kids Set Sail, fun is an integral part of our program. By the end of the week, your child will be a whiz at sailboat tag as well as maneuvering a small boat.

Kids Set Sail curriculum includes:
P Health and Boating Safety
P Parts of the Boat
P Rigging & Furling a Flying Scot
P Identify Wind Direction
P Steering
P Weather and Electricity Talk
P Learn how to Tack and Jibe
P Safety Position
P Currents & Tides
P Nautical Charts
P Learn Points of Sail and Math           Concepts to Describe Point of Sail
P Knots
P Learn the Rules of the Road
P Burgees
P Introduce Launching and Landing
P Person Overboard Drills
P Learn how to Navigate a Race Course

Cost: $350

Scholarships: DC Sail offers partial scholarships of $250 (final cost - $100) per week to applicants who meet the criteria outlined in the Scholarship Application of less than an annual household total income of $50,000. We will also work on a case-by-case basis with those who need further assistance.

If you are qualified for a scholarship for your child, please proceed with the online registration and select, "Kids Set Sail, Scholarship," registration type. 

Complete the payment of $100. The Registration and Liability Waiver Form and also the KSS Scholarship Application along with required supporting documentation is to be delivered to the the Camp Director in a sealed envelope the first day of summer camp. 

Sign Your Child Up Today!

Step One:

To register for Kids Set Sail, please click on the session you're interested listed below in the red box and complete the online registration. 

Important Information:

Full payment by a credit card is required at the time of registration. Unpaid registrations will be cancelled by the system automatically after 15 minutes. Please be sure to have your payment information available at the time of online registration.

Step Two:

Once the online registration is complete, the hard copy forms should be delivered to the Camp Director the first day of camp.  

Download Registration forms here:

2020 Kids Set Sail Registration and Waiver of Liability Form.

2020 Kids Set Sail Scholarship Application Form.

Notice for Parents/Guardians:

Drop off is between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM Monday-Friday.

Pick up is between 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM Monday-Thursday.

Friday is an early release for each week of camp. Parents are invited to come to the docks at 1:00 PM for an awards ceremony and sailing event! Students are released at 2:30 PM and must be picked up at that time.

DC Sail does not offer before or after camp care due to logistics. 

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DC Sail is the community sailing program of National Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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