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!

2 Sessions:
Session 1: Monday July 3 & Wednesday-Friday July 5-7; Session 2: Tuesday-Friday August 1-4
This course runs for four days, 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 dinghies, typically with 1 sailor per, although two sailors may also be partnered in the same boat.
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 – 26 June, 10 July, 17 July, 7 August (14 August pending approval)

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.

Single session: 24 July – 28 July

This program is new for 2023. As part of a global movement to create more sailing opportunities for girls and young women, SSA is offering an Adventure Week dedicated to sailors who self-identify as girls, ages 9 to 17. Instruction for the younger sailors will take place initially with Optimist Dinghies (for one or two people) and for older sailors in 420s (a two person boat) and in Lasers (for singlehanded sailing). The focus will be on having fun while learning to sail, improving on skills, with opportunities to skipper. Those sailors with interests in competitive sailing will have an opportunity to develop those skills as well. The goal is for our sailors to imagine a future in sailing with all the benefits sailing brings, including building confidence, embracing challenges and the thrill of adventure, and enjoying teamwork.

We will follow updated CDC and NYS Department of Health guidelines for social-distancing and mask-wearing, 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.

SSA offers adult sailing courses in our Flying Scot sailboats. 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.

There will be multiple sessions throughout the summer; all classes will meet in the evening, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, but tentative plans include instruction in two different scheduling modes: a) four days spread across two weeks and b) four days within a single week.

Schedule forthcoming. Check back soon or email senecasailingacademy@gmail.com

Session 1: Monday & Wednesday, June 6, 8, 13 & 15. (Spread across two weeks.)

Session 2: Tuesday & Thursday, June 7, 9, 14 & 16. (Spread across two weeks.)

Session 3: Monday – Thursday, June 20-23. (Within a single week.)

Session 4: Monday – Thursday, June 27-30. (Within a single week.)

Session 5: Tuesday – Friday, July 5-8. (Within a single week.)

Session 6: Monday & Wednesday, July 11, 13, 18 & 20. (Spread across two weeks.)

Session 7: Tuesday & Thursday, July 12, 14, 19 & 21. (Spread across two weeks.)

Session 8: Monday – Thursday, July 25-28. (Within a single week.)

Session 9: Monday – Thursday, August 1-4. (Within a single week.)

Session 10: Monday & Wednesday, August 8, 10, 15 & 17. (Spread across two weeks.)

Session 11: Tuesday & Thursday, August 9, 11, 16 & 18. (Spread across two weeks.)

Session 12: Monday – Thursday, August 22-25. (Within a single week.)

Inquire at senecasailingacademy@gmail.com with questions!

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.

Private lessons are subject to instructor availability. This is a three-hour session for one to three 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. Please contact us for more information at senecasailingacademy@gmail.com

Staff at sailing academies around CNY are currently working to develop this year’s interclub schedule. We will announce any plans when we know them.

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