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Welcome to SSA

2022 Registration is closed! We welcome you back next season!

Scholarships!

SSA is pleased to offer both need- and merit-based scholarships. See our registration info page for more details. Applications are confidential.

2022 September

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Welcome to SSA! We have completed our 75th season (summer 2022) of instilling the love of sailing in kids and adults. Thanks to all who participated; you all helped us teach our students how to sail, but you also helped us cultivate a sense of responsibility that will keep Seneca Lake a place that all can enjoy.

Our Season: Registration is closed for the season. We offered a full summer of sailing instruction and fun. Sailing camp began in late June and featured Adventure Weeks for kids with experience, Opti Weeks for beginning sailors, a Splash, Paddle, and Sail Week in which we worked with community partners to introduce kids in the community to watercraft and water play, and an Advanced Sailor’s Week. We were essentially at capacity the entire summer and hosted over 90 sailors, both kids and adults; it was a very successful season! Check out these galleries for a sense of our summer 2022 season: SSA 2022 Awards PicnicSSA 2022 Adventure Week SamplerSSA 2022 Opti Weeks

FIRST SAIL events! SSA offered a series of First Sail events throughout the summer. SSA offered free sailboat rides on Seneca Lake departing from the Finger Lakes Welcome Center. We set up our tent during the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and brought a wide variety of people and families out on the lake. Most takers had never been on a sailboat; we gave them a chance to hop on and give it a try.  Look for these again next season.

Please do contact us (senecasailingacademy@gmail.com) with questions, comments, suggestions, and dreams!

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

2022 Registration is closed! See you next season.

Scholarships!

SSA is pleased to offer both need- and merit-based scholarships. See our registration info page for more details. Applications are confidential.

2022 September

Week 1

Mon 29
Tue 30
Wed 31
Thu 1
Fri 2
Sat 3
Sun 4
Mon 5
Tue 6
Wed 7
Thu 8
Fri 9
Sat 10
Sun 11
Mon 12
Tue 13
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Welcome to SSA! We have completed our 75th season (summer 2022) of instilling the love of sailing in kids and adults. Thanks to all who participated; you all helped us teach our students how to sail, but you also helped us cultivate a sense of responsibility that will keep Seneca Lake a place that all can enjoy.

Our Season: Registration is closed for the season. We offered a full summer of sailing instruction and fun. Sailing camp began in late June and featured Adventure Weeks for kids with experience, Opti Weeks for beginning sailors, a Splash, Paddle, and Sail Week in which we worked with community partners to introduce kids in the community to watercraft and water play, and an Advanced Sailor’s Week. We were essentially at capacity the entire summer and hosted over 90 sailors, both kids and adults; it was a very successful season! Check out these galleries for a sense of our summer 2022 season: SSA 2022 Awards Picnic, SSA 2022 Adventure Week Sampler, SSA 2022 Opti Weeks

FIRST SAIL events! SSA offered a series of First Sail events throughout the summer. SSA offered free sailboat rides on Seneca Lake departing from the Finger Lakes Welcome Center. We set up our tent during the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and brought a wide variety of people and families out on the lake. Most takers had never been on a sailboat; we gave them a chance to hop on and give it a try.  Look for these again next season.

Please do contact us (senecasailingacademy@gmail.com) with questions, comments, suggestions, and dreams!

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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Advanced Sailors

(1 session, week of 1 August – August 5) 

Advanced Sailors Week

This is a week-long session for kids 12 to 17 with  experience who want a chance practice more advanced skills.

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 5 and August 8) Four days each, 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.

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Adventure Week!

Multiple weeks starting June 27, July 11, July 25, August 15, and possibly August 22. M-F 9am-4pm.

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

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.

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Splash, Paddle, and Sail

Splash, Paddle, and Sail

SPS sessions are 1/2 day water play opportunities. These free, half-day camps help children unused to boating get comfortable splashing and playing in Seneca Lake. The program runs July 18-23 and hosts children ages 7-17 in half-day morning and afternoon experiences. Registration is required – see our Splash, Paddle, and Sail page for more info and REGISTRATION

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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.

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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.

First Sail Events 2022

Look for our “First Sail” opportunities at the Geneva Farmer’s Market in 2022; you can sail with us right off the Geneva waterfront!

We’ll be at a booth at the market and we’ll have several of our Flying Scots – stable, fun, and great teaching boats – on hand with experienced skippers to take you out for a short sail on Seneca. Free! Open to all! (And weather dependent!) 😉

Planned Dates:

Saturday June 11 – 9:00-noon

Saturday July 16 – 9:00-noon

Saturday August 13 – 9:00-noon

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