Summer Fun - Junior Sailing Schools, Version 2.0

Summer Fun - Junior Sailing Schools, Version 2.0

School is just about out, and what will your children do this summer?  How about a camp like experience that teaches sailing?  Do you take a vacation somewhere around Lake Michigan and would like to keep your kids active each day?  Are they going to the grandparents for a stay, and you would like them to split their time doing something else than hanging at the grandparents house?  A lot of parents enroll their kids in Sailing School.

All kids are required to wear life jackets full time around the water for safety.  Small boats are provided, your child needs minimal gear – hat, sunscreen, gloves, life jacket, and a few more.  What a great way to go sailing vicariously through your children!  They’ll take turns being in command of their own sailboat.

While sailing is for everyone, studies by Brendan Sailing have shown that with all of the variables, stimulus, and input (waves, shifting wind, heel, seagull flying by, etc.), sailing is one of the best sports for kids with ADHD or ADD.  It builds confidence, it allows kids to show off a skill to their parents they learned on their own.

I went to sailing school as a child, and am still at it 40 years later.  I also sail with my father who is in his 80’s.  It becomes a life long sport, that motivates you to stay in shape for a lifetime.  This is an endeavor worth living.  We are learning right now that it is critical that the junior sailor get aboard Adult Sailboats while engaging in sailing school, high school and collegiate sailing.  Make sure the sailing school you choose works to partner the junior sailor with adult sailing boats each year.  The Wawasee video at the bottom is a fine example, with the kids out on a 40′ Scow (the biggest Scow class there is).

One impression I hope everyone gets is how big sailing is.  You don’t have to travel far to find a sailing school for your children.  The amazing thing is that they fill quickly.  Some classes are sold out, and it is only March when I am writing this.

Here’s a good video that covers the basics of most sailing schools –

 The purpose of this blog is to break the myth that sailing is exclusive and expensive. Again, I have succeeded to explain where the doors are wide open and how to introduce sailing in the hundreds of dollars. Where is the welcome mat out?   Check out all of these Junior Sailing Schools in the Lake Michigan region and join in the fun –



Ephraim Ephraim Yacht Club

Egg Harbor  Egg Harbor Yacht Club

Neenah Fox Valley Sailing School

Sturgeon Bay

Suamico Green Bay Community Sailing Program

Manitowoc Manitowoc Yacht Club

Sheboygan Sheboygan Youth Sailing Club, Inc.


West Bend Cedar Lake Sailing School

Oshkosh Oshkosh Yacht Club

Green Lake Green Lake Sailing School

Delafield Nagawicka Lake Yacht Club




North Lake North Lake Sailing School

Pewaukee Pewaukee Lake Sailing School

Delavan Delavan Lake Sailing School

East Troy Lake Beulah Sailing School

Racine Racine Yacht Club

Burlington Browns Lake Sailing School

Kenosha Kenosha Community Sailing Center

Fontana Geneva Lake Sailing School

Powers Lake Powers Lake Yacht Club


Waukegan Waukegan Yacht Club

Johnsburg Community Sailing School @ Pistakee

Great Lakes Naval Station Great Lakes Marina

Lake Forest City of Lake Forest

Lake Bluff Lake Bluff Park District

Highland Park North Shore Yacht Club

Glencoe Glencoe Park District

Winnetka Winnetka Park District

Kenilworth Kenilworth Sailing Club



Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Park District

Des Plaines Des Plaines Park District Call to arrange: 847.391.5700847.391.5700

Montrose Harbor, Chicago Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

Belmont Harbor, Chicago Chicago Yacht Club

Monroe Harbor, Chicago

Burnham Park Harbor, Chicago

Humboldt Park Lagoon, Chicago Chicago Park District (Part of Summer Camp)

Garfield Park Lagoon, Chicago Chicago Park District (Part of Summer Camp

Jackson Park Harbor, Chicago 

  • Chicago Park District Being database driven, put in “Sail” as the keyword and “Today’s Date” for Starting Date After in order to get the list.

Peoria Illinois Valley Yacht and Canoe Club

Springfield Island Bay Yacht Club




Harbor Springs Little Traverse Sailors

Bay View YMCA of Northern Michigan

Bay Harbor Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Boyne City Lake Charlevoiox Mariners

Walloon Lake  Walloon Sailors

Eastport Torch Lake Windsurfing

Bellaire Torch Lake Yacht and Country Club

Northport Northport Youth Sailing School

Traverse City Traverse Area Community Sailing

Leland Leland Yacht Club

Pentwater Pentwater Junior Sailing Program

Frankfort Crystal Lake Yacht Club

Spring Lake Spring Lake Junior Sailing Association

Whitehall White Lake Sailing School

Lansing Lansing Sailing Club

Muskegon Muskegon Yacht Club

Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Junior Sailing Association

Grand Haven Grand River Sailing Club

Macatawa Macatawa Bay Junior Association

Saugatuck Saugatuck Yacht Club

Richland Gull Lake Yacht Club Sailing School

South Haven South Haven Yacht Club

Coloma Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club

St. Joseph St. Joseph Junior Foundation

Cassopolis Diamond Lake Yacht Club


Michigan City Michigan City Yacht Club

East Chicago Indiana Sailing Association

Hammond Harbor Hammond Marina

Cedar Lake South Lake Sailing School

Syracuse Wawasee Yacht Club


Bloomington Lake Monroe Sailing Association


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