NYS Safe Boating

ages 10 years - adult

$10 facility fee
min. 8 - max. 25 students

8 hours classroom instruction plus exam
2 day course or 4 afternoon course (recommended for youth)

NYS requires anyone born after 5/1/1996, who operates a power driven vessel, and anyone age 14 or older who operates a PWC to successfully complete this, or a similar approved course. There is a NYS fee for processing adult paperwork & adding icons to driver’s licenses. Textbooks may be accessed on-line at NYS website, or from the instructor.

Power Boat Operations

Tuition & Materials $100ages 10 years - adult

min. 3 - max. 8 students.  See calendar for dates

In an emergency, could you take control of the vessel you are on? Can you dock, anchor, recover someone who has fallen over? If not, this course is for you. Learn by doing. Taught in our open coach boats. Must have NYS Boating Safety certificate if born after 1996.

PB&J Sailing

Tuition: $75

ages 4 - 10 years
Min. 6 - max. 20 students accompanied by a parent 4 session course - see calendar for dates
10 am - 12 noon

A introductory ‘Learn to Sail’ class, with 3 rules — Have fun! Wear a PFD! Listen to the coaches! —that keeps things very simple. The goal is to get kids comfortable on the water and familiarize them with the most basic concepts of sailing. Parents learn along with kids, and help set up and breakdown boats. Depending on skills & desire, parents can also help with coaching.

Sea Squirts 

Tuition $200

ages 5 - 9 years
min. 6 - max. 12 students
6 week session - may join class, with prior approval, after 2nd week Tuesday & Thursdays 10 am - 12 noon OR 1-3 pm

Introduction to sailing with emphasis on safety and fun. Students must be comfortable in the water & able to swim wearing a life jacket. Basic sailing fundamentals are introduced through games and activities. Students double up in boats until confidence and skill levels are determined to warrant solo sailing. Course may be repeated as recommended by staff.

Basic Sailing & Advanced Sailing Tuition:


ages 9 - 18

min. 6 students - max. 20 students
6 week session 9am - 3 pm
May join class, with prior approval, after 2nd weekBasic Sailing - Monday & Wednesday Advanced Sailing - Tuesday & Thursday

Taught using US Sailing curriculum. Emphasis on safety and fun. Classes are taught mainly in age and size appropriate dinghies. Curriculum will include a variety of adventure sailing and fun sailing activities. Keel boats will be introduced. Concepts are introduced and practiced on land and on the water. Advancement is based upon demonstrated skill level as determined by US Sailing standards. Must be comfortable in the water and able to swim in a life jacket. Students in these class are welcome to participate in Friday Night Junior Fun Racing. Tuition includes annual individual youth membership in US Sailing and family access to the US Sailing evaluation App.


Adult Sailing

Tuition: $200

ages 18 and up
min. 4 students - max. 12 students
6 week session
Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 - 7 pm

Learn to sail, or enhance skills. You progress at your own pace. No experience needed. Swim and capsize tests are required. Students should be comfortable in the water and be able to swim with a life jacket on. Course may be repeated indefinitely.

Race Program

Base Tuition: $400

ages 9 - 18

6 week session
Monday through Thursday from 9 am - 3 pm

Regatta fees of $20 fee per Interclub and $30 fee per weekend. Regional/National Regatta fees vary by event.

Like to compete and travel? Then racing may be for you.
Participation in Friday night fun racing, Interclub Racing, & other regattas is expected. Students join the advanced class some skills & adventure activities. Racing rules and techniques are introduced and practiced. Students are challenged, individually, to the best of their current abilities. Commitment by both student and parent/guardian is required. Opti parents are required to transport boats and students (unless prior arrangements are made with other program parents). 420 program parents, with appropriate vehicles, are requested to help with transporting boats and students. Students are expected to attend all days. Need based scholarships are available for regatta fees. Interclub regattas are normally held on Tuesdays for 420s and Wednesdays for Optis. Locations can include Skaneateles, Cazenovia, Ithaca, Rochester, Sodus, and more. Centrals Regattas and Junior Olympics require participants, parents, and coaches to either tent or stay at a hotel. Parent chaperones are required for those events. Tuition includes annual individual youth membership in US Sailing and family access to the US Sailing evaluation App. 

Pre-Season Sailing

Tuition $150

ages 10 - 18
min. 6 students - max. 20 students

1 week session see calendar for dates
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9 am - 3 pm

Great way to ‘Try Sailing’ or brush up skills!
Open to students of all ability levels. Students will learn or review sailing basics through a variety of skills building activities and games. Advanced students are expected to take on leadership roles.
Students must be comfortable in the water & be able to swim in a life jacket.

STEM Camps for Kids

Tuition: $20 per week Elementary Camp - ages 7 - 11
Monday & Wednesday from 3:15 - 4:45 pm
Middle - High School Camp - ages 12 - 17
Tuesday & Thursday from 3:15 - 4:45 pm
min. 5 students - max. 15 students
6 week sessions - may participate weekly
Must pre-register, no drop-ins allowed

Hands on exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math as relate to the marine and boating environments. Build, create, explore, collaborate. Subjects can include: our impact on the environment; sailors & science; microscopic mysteries; extreme weather; geology of our Lake; and more. Fun, hands on, learning.

Swimming Programs

Tuition: $80

ages 3 years and up max. class size 8

Monday & Wednesday

Classes are taught in Henderson Harbor, by a qualified instructor with a certified lifeguard present. Classes meet twice weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays. Parents of students in Level 1 must remain on-site at the swimming area. Levels 1 and 2 meet for 30 minutes per session. Levels 3 and higher meet for 45 minutes per session.

Level 1: Water Exploration: 11 - 11:30 am Level 2: Primary Skills: 11:45 am - 12:15 pm Level 3: Stroke Readiness: 1 - 1:45 pm Level 4: Stroke Development: 2 - 2:45 pm Level 5: Stroke Refinement: 3 - 3:45 pm Level 6 & 7: Advanced Swim: 4 - 4:45 pm