NCS Program Details
Big Boat Sailing (ages 8-14)
November 17, 2015
For students, ages 8 to 14 years, interested in experiencing sailing on a larger boat, the Big Boat Sailing class offers sailors the opportunity to cruise with a group of other students on our J/105, a 34.5' keelboat. Students will participate in a safety review, steering and trimming sails, and be introduced to the most basic concepts of sailing on a larger boat. Sailors will meet the NCS instructors at the Children's Beach Boat Ramp (next to the docks) on Harbor View Way each morning. They will then be taken by skiff to the NCS J/105, Clio.
In order to ensure the safety of our students and to limit injuries on our J/105s, all students are required to wear closed-toe shoes when on the boat. J/105s have several cleats, lines, and uneven surfaces that can be sharp and dangerous for a barefoot student, or a student wearing shoes with open toes. A student who arrives at class, or for a lesson, and who is not wearing proper footwear, will not be allowed to participate in class that day. Examples of closed-toe shoes: Native Footware, old sneakers, water shoes (aqua socks), Crocs, Keens. While life jackets are provided and required when on the water, each NCS student should be comfortable in and around the water and have basic swimming skills. While sunblock is also highly recommended, we ask that no "spray sunblock" is used as the chemicals react to the finish on the boats. This program operates Monday-Friday mornings from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm for nine one-week sessions.
Important: Students who are tardy for the start of class may miss the skiff's departure and therefore will miss that day of class. The skiff cannot return to shore for late students.
Please note: The Big Boat program is intended as a 1-2 week curriculum. By designing the curriculum in this manner, we are aiming to accommodate as many sailors as possible.
*New in 2019: TEENS! Ages 15-18 years old! In each session of Big Boat Sailing, there is a single position available for an Instructor's Apprentice. This volunteer position will require that the volunteer commit to all five mornings of class. The volunteer will assist the NCS instructors in teaching the class, and sailing and maintaining the boat. The Volunteer will meet the NCS Instructors at 9:15am at Children's Beach Monday-Friday mornings in their assigned session. Sessions available are 1-9. Please email NCS Program Director, Emily Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. These hours will be documented and may be used for high school community service hours.