Something for everyone:

We have a full menu of options for beginners and experienced sailors, ranging from Adventure Week for kids through Adult Classes to personalized private instruction for kids and adults. Check each of our offerings below, check the calendar, then sign up!

1 session, 28 June – 2 July  (Opti morning/Teen Afternoon)

Opti Race Week

9am-Noon
This is a week-long race clinic for children ages 9 to 14 with some experience who want to learn how to race or refine their racing skills.  Students will use Optimist dinghies for some racing fun through a variety of games and activities both on and off the water.
Teen Race Week
12:30-4pm
This is a week-long race clinic for children ages 12 to 17 with some experience who want to learn how to race or refine their racing skills.  Students will use Club 420’s and Lasers for some racing fun through a variety of games and activities both on and off the water.

NOTE: We will follow updated CDC and NYS Department of Health guidelines for social-distancing and mask-wearing, both on and off the water.

2 sessions, Session 1: July 6-9; Session 2: July 27-30
This course will run four days – Tuesday through Friday, 9am-4pm. Opti Week is geared toward fun and learning and focuses on reinforcing skills in the Optimist Dinghy, a single handed boat tailored towards newer/younger sailors. Students will learn the basics of rigging the Optimists, boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship, sportsmanship, and water safety. Instruction is done in Optimist with typically 1 sailor per boat, although two sailors from the same household may partner up.
We will follow updated CDC and NYS Department of Health guidelines for social-distancing and mask-wearing, both on and off the water.

Multiple Sessions – 12 July, 19 July, 2 August, and 9 August.

Adventure Weeks run Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4PM. These sessions are designed for all skill levels ages 9-17. Beginner students will learn the basics of sailing at a comfortable pace with expert instruction in a team-oriented environment. More experienced sailors will have opportunities to sail different classes of boats and expand their skills with on the water challenges and games. This class will include fun, safe activities on the water. Children age 7 – 8 with previous sailing experience and prior communication between parent/guardian with the head instructor may be approved to take this class. We will follow updated CDC and NYS Department of Health guidelines for social-distancing and mask-wearing, both on and off the water.

Maximum capacity is 16 students. 

SSA offers adult sailing course in our Flying Scot sailboats. Class is four evenings, 5:30-8:30 pm. In June and August, classes will be Monday & Tuesday (or Wednesday & Thursday) for two consecutive weeks. In July, classes will be four consecutive evenings, Monday-Thursday in a single week, 5:30-8:30 pm

Sailors will learn and practice the basics of sailing. The program includes: boat rigging, parts identification, wind direction, boat handling, crewing, and water safety. This class is designed for those who have no experience whatsoever with sailing as well as those who have had some sailing experience but need a refresher as the new season starts.

We plan to begin classes the second week of June.

Private lessons are subject to instructor availability. Please contact us if you’re interested. Private lessons are a 3-hour session for up to 2 children, ages 7-17. For newer/younger sailors (ages 7-9), lessons will take place on Optimist Dinghies, single handed boats tailored towards newer/younger sailors. Students will learn the basics of rigging the Optimists, boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship, sportsmanship, and water safety.

For more experienced and/or older sailors (ages 9-17), lessons will take place in Optis, Lasers, or 420s, depending on a student’s size, experience, and maturity. Sailors will expand their skills on the water with various challenges and games.

Please contact us for more information at senecasailingacademy@gmail.com

We will follow updated CDC and NYS Department of Health guidelines for social-distancing and mask-wearing, both on and off the water.

This is a three-hour session for one or two adults. Instruction may be tailored to specific interests or needs, depending on the circumstances. Students would sail on either 420s or Flying Scots – or your own boat if you’d like to dial in some practice there. Subject to instructor availability. Please contact us for more information at senecasailingacademy@gmail.com

Staff at sailing academies around CNY are currently working to see if Inter-Club regattas can still be offered. We will announce any plans when we know them.

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