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kids sailing program

Come join us every Tuesday!

Our kids sailing program is designed to get your kids out on the water on a variety of different sized sail boats, teach them the basics of sailing, how to be a great crew member, and to enjoy the sunshine and beauty of Lake Tahoe. 

  

Lake Tahoe | California

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typical

schedule

12:00 pm/

Meet at the Boat Works Mall in Tahoe City.

1:30-5:30 pm/

Travel to nearby dock to hop aboard one of our Catalina 22's and spend the remainder of the day putting the above curriculum to use on the water. Each boat will have 4 students and 1 instructor. The instructors will rotate throughout the 4 days.

5:30-6:00 pm/

Dock boat and wrap up with recap from the day. 

6:00-6:30 pm/

Cruisers Academy can arrange for transport back to Boat Works Mall.

REPEAT FOR 4 DAYS!

Each day will vary a bit depending on the students and weather but this sample schedule gives you an idea of what to expect.

 

who is this

course 

designed

for?

01/

Is CA-1 a good fit for you?

This Intro to Sailing Course is designed for people who have never set foot on a boat, or sailors who want to deepen their understanding and spend time on the water to build up their intuitive sailing skills.

The minimum age for this course is 14 years old. If you are between the ages of 14-17, a guardian must participate in the course with you. We plan to open kid-specific courses in our second tier of bookings.

If you are a more seasoned sailor but still want to participate, you're welcome to join us. We will be adding more advanced courses in the future!

 

who's

teaching

the

course?

01/

CA Instructors

All CA-1 courses will be taught by Brady Trautman & Alex Blue. These two pirates in crime have spent over a decade living on sailboats and sailing around the world with over 100,000 combined nautical miles and many ocean crossings under their belt.

Read more about them here.

If either instructor is sick, a trusted & qualified instructor will stand in. 

 
 

cost

01/

What's included?

The cost of the course is $900 per person.
50% of the cost is due upon booking with the option of diverting the other 50% to be charged within 7 days of the course start date.
The majority of this 4-day course will be spent ACTUALLY SAILING! Brady and Alex will be captaining the boats as well as kicking off each day in the classroom with sailing theory. We value hands-on experience more than anything and think of the Catalina 22' as a perfect learning boat. The max amount of students per course will be 8 in the classroom and 4 students per boat. 
You will also receive a waterproof Cruisers Academy 'Sailors Bible' on the first day of the course to take home with you. 
*Price does not include airfare, hotel, transportation to/from the airport or classroom, food, drinks or recommended items to bring.
 

tell me

about

the boats

01/

A variety of boats!

Depending on the conditions and interest of the kids, we will be utilizing our fleet of Catalina sail boats to give kids the expereince of sailing of different sized boats. Our fleet includes:

- Catalina 27' sailbaot

- Two Catalina 22' sailboats

- Catalina 14.2 Capri sailboat

We also have paddle boards to play with if we are waiting for wind!

 

 
 
 

what

will they

learn?

01/

WHAT IS WEATHER?!

How does wind work & local weather forecasting tools

02/

BASIC SAILING THEORY

How we harness the wind to move us & points of sail

03/

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Learn crew roles of helming, working the sheets & navigating. Become experts of the tack & jibe.

04/

CREWMANSHIP

Importance of working as a team & how to be the best crew possible

05/

SAILBOAT ANATOMY

Learn to communicate about boats like a true sailor

06/

BASIC DOCKING

Getting on & off the dock under motor & securing your boat safely

07/

BASIC ANCHORING

Theory, setting & checking your anchor to ensure safety

08/

KNOTS 101

Learn the most commonly used knots, a sailor's best friend

09/

SAILBOAT SAFETY

How to stay aboard & keep all your fingers intact

10/

CRUISERS ACADEMY “SAILING BIBLE”

All of the info above will be in your own waterproof handbook along with CA Curriculum, notes, certifications & nautical mile logger

 
 

what

should i

bring?

01/

Recommended Items

Being out on the water means we are subject to LOTS of sun at a HIGH ELEVATION which can be intense! Typical summer weather is  60-80°F. The following items will make your time spent with us the most enjoyable.

1. Sunscreen! Please avoid spray-on sunscreen as these make the boat slippery/dangerous. We ask you use a "reef friendly" sunscreen to help keep Tahoe Blue.

2. A hat that will stay on in wind.

3. A swimsuit, towel and long sleeve rash guard/UV shirt.

4. Water bottle and lunch. There are plenty of places nearby to grab food to-go the day of. We will have a cooler with ice to utilize on the boats.

5. Shoes that are easy to slip on and off, as we put shoes away while on the boat. 

6. Sunglasses to protect your eyes and help you see incoming wind lines. Polarized lenses work best.

7. Light rain jacket in case rain arrives, and a warm jacket in case it cools off in the evening.

 

covid &

refunds

01/

What are CA's COVID protocols?

Due to the nature of sailing in a noisy environment and the importance of good communication, masks will not be mandatory. However, instructors will be getting tested 1-2 times a week.

 

If a student is feeling ill, showing symptoms, has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive, or tests positive themselves, we ask that you NOT take the course for the safety of others. We will be happy to reschedule the course.

02/

Cancellation Policy

  1. If a participant cancels 30 or more days before first day of course they will receive 100% refund of payment or the ability to reschedule.

  2. If a participant cancels within 14-29 days from first day of course they will receive a 50% refund of payment or the ability to reschedule.

  3. If a participant cancels within 14 days of course there is no refund, but there is an ability to reschedule.

 

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