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Welcome to SSA

2021 Registration is open!

Welcome to SSA! We are excited to celebrate our 74th summer of instilling the love of sailing in kids and adults. We strive not only to teach our students how to sail, but also to cultivate a sense of responsibility that will keep Seneca Lake a place that all can enjoy.

Hi everyone! 2021 Registration is open! SSA is pleased to announce that we will be offering a full summer of sailing instruction and fun. Sailing camp opportunities will begin with a Race Week for kids interested in learning/honing racing skills starting 28 June. The following session, starting Tuesday, July 6, will be Opti Week for beginning sailors aged 7-8. After that, a series of Adventure Weeks for kids with experience (or starting sailors 9 and older) will begin starting the week of July 12. Please see our instructional pages for more information.

Our summer 2020 season was a remarkable success, in spite of the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic. We safely hosted over 60 sailors, both kids and adults, during our shortened season. We partnered with the Geneva Boys & Girls club to bring kids out onto the lake. We trained adult sailors in some pretty exciting conditions. And we had a blast doing it. Check our Gallery Page for a taste of what we did.

Finally, you can also visit our Donation page to think about how you can help us continue to bring sailing, the outdoors, and a love of this beautiful place together for you and for our community. Thanks for visiting!

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Welcome to SSA

2021 Registration is open!

Welcome to SSA! We are excited to celebrate our 74th summer of instilling the love of sailing in kids and adults. We strive not only to teach our students how to sail, but also to cultivate a sense of responsibility that will keep Seneca Lake a place that all can enjoy.

Hi everyone! Registration is open! SSA is pleased to announce that we will be offering a full summer of sailing instruction and fun. Sailing camp opportunities will begin with a Race Week for sailors looking to learn or hone racing skills starting 28 June. The following sessi0n, starting July 6, will be Opti Week for beginning sailors aged 7-8. After that, a series of Adventure Weeks for kids with experience (or starting sailors 9 and older) will begin starting the week of July 12. Please our instructional pages for more information.

Our summer 2020 season was a remarkable success, in spite of the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic. We safely hosted over 60 sailors, both kids and adults, during our shortened season. We partnered with the Geneva Boys & Girls club to bring kids out onto the lake. We trained adult sailors in some pretty exciting conditions. And we had a blast doing it. Check our Gallery Page for a taste of what we did.

Finally, you can also visit our Donation page to think about how you can help us continue to bring sailing, the outdoors, and a love of this beautiful place together for you and for our community. Thanks for visiting!

boats in water

Race Week!

(1 session, week of 28 June – 2 July) 

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.

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

 

See the Youth Sailing page for more information!

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Opti Week!

Opti Week (2 sessions, starting July 6 and July 27) Four days–Tuesday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

This course is geared toward fun and learning! Opti week focuses on beginning and reinforcing skills in Optimist Dinghies, a single handed boat tailored towards newer/younger sailors. Suited for kids 7-8 years.

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

Please see our Youth Program page for more guidance.

kids leaning over the edge of a boat

Adventure Week!

Multiple weeks, beginning week of 12 July. M-F 9am-4pm.

Adventure Weeks are designed for all skill levels ages 9-17.  Children ages 7 – 8 may be approved to with consultation.

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

See our Youth Program page for more information.

adult learning to sail

Adult Sailing courses

Adult Sailing courses for individuals and groups. 4-evening course.

We use our fleet of Flying Scots. Capacity is 3 adults plus instructor per boat. No experience required.

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

See our Adult Sailing Pagefor more information.

child working a sail

Private Instruction

Private Instruction for individuals, couples, parent/guardian & children, children/youth. Beginners and experienced sailors welcome. Maximum capacity of 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (<13yrs) or 1-4 children/youth. Contact us for information on availability.

COVID-19 NOTICE: SSA is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, following guidelines set in place by the New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as NYS regulations on business activities.

New for 2021

Look for our “First Sail” opportunities at the Geneva Farmer’s Market this spring; you can sail with us right off the Geneva waterfront! Details to follow or contact us at the email below. (Okay, we planned this for last year, but COVID threw a monkeywrench in the works. We’re going to try again!)

Contact us

Who we are

Sailing is fun! Seneca Sailing Academy (SSA) was formed in 2012 as a non-profit organization focused on community members with access to responsible seamanship skills. Specifically, we promote and provide:

  • sailing instruction for youth and adults
  • race training
  • the exchange of sailing and boating information
  • public awareness regarding boating safety
  • public awareness regarding the ecology and preservation of Seneca Lake