WHICH LOCATION SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR. A YOUTH CLASS?
If your sailor is tall for their age, you might consider a Youth class at GHYC hosted at West Shore Marina as we have both Cubes (smaller boats) and Bics (slightly larger boats) available for class. TYC Junior Sail will utilize our fleet of Optis for Youth class again this year out of the TYC Wollochet Bay Outstation.
If there is a sibling or friend ready for Intermediate Opti those classes will be hosted by GHYC at West Shore Marina and you should register for classes there.
If there are older siblings or friends that would also like to attend for Teen or Teen Intermediate, TYC may be a better fit as Teen classes are scheduled to take place at the TYC Wollochet Bay Outstation this year.
If there is a younger sibling or friend that may want to do our Jellyfish or Guppy program (ages 6-7) please sign up for a Youth class with TYC at the Wollochet Bay Outstation as that is where we will add this program if we can under COVID-19 guidance. If you would like to be notified if/when this program opens please up for our interest list here.
WHERE ARE CLASSES HELD?
TYC Junior Sail classes are held at the TYC Wollochet Bay Outstation in Gig Harbor. 3418 White Cloud Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. Classes with our partner program GHYC Junior Sail are held at West Shore Marina 3815 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Be sure to check your location carefully.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING?
US Coast Guard approved life jacket that fits properly. We have some to loan, but if you have your own please wear it
A mask that fits well - a back-up is also helpful
Synthetic layers that do well in water
Footwear should be closed toed: aqua shoes, rubber soled shoes, or sailing boots, or water sandals work best. Old tennis shoes also work, but will likely get wet during the day.
Wear a wetsuit or waterproof clothing for classes outside of the warmest summer months. We have some wetsuits to loan for the week as well
Bring a towel, hat, sunglasses, a change of clothes
Water bottle and lunch
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIRST DAY?
We will introduce you to the outstation and the boats you will be using. On the first day Youth, Teen and Intermediate students will pass a swim test by swimming 20-30 feet in your life jacket. We will also practice capsizing (tipping over) and righting a boat. Once you have demonstrated capability in swimming and capsizing, you will be able to sail by yourself. Jellyfish will have the opportunity to go swimming, but it is not required for their class
WHAT BOATS DO WE SAIL?
Sailors in our Youth program (8-12) will sail independently in an Optimist or Opti sailboat. Sailors in our Teen program (12-18) will sail Lasers independently.
HOW DO TYC AND GHYC JUNIOR SAIL WORK TOGETHER?
TYC and GHYC Junior Sail work together to provide excellent sailing instruction to youth in the Gig Harbor and Tacoma communities. We share staff, facilities, and equipment to run both camp programs and the Narrows Race Team. Sailors are free to move between the two programs to build skills and try out programs and should learn consistent skills.
WHAT IS THE NARROWS RACE TEAM
The Narrows Race Team is comprised of sailors from GHYC Junior Sail and TYC Junior Sail programs for sailors ages 8-18. To join the team sailors must demonstrate skills during camp and enroll in an intermediate program. Sailors practice in age appropriate boats and then compete in local and national events depending upon their skill level. All ages and skills are welcome into the program, and sailors find an excellent community of friends to enjoy the sport with as they develop skills. If you are interested in joining the team, please let your instructor know and they can help you develop your skills.
IS TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE FROM TACOMA?
We are unable to provide transportation from Tacoma. We have moved to a full-day program in order to make camp more accessible to working families.
ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
Absolutely! We provide scholarships to any family that demonstrates financial need, within available resources of the GHYC Junior Sail Scholarship Fund. The fund may be used for participation in TYC, GHYC and Narrows Race Team programs. Find the application here.
ARE PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE?
Yes! We offer the option for families to pay a deposit at registration and then pay the remaining amount over the course of a few months.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN EPI-PEN OR OTHER MEDICAL DEVICE?
These are important to bring to sailing class, and we hope you never have to use it, but we ask that these be put in a zipped plastic bag with instructions for use and are given to your instructor. We will keep them in a secure location throughout the class and it will be returned to your parent each day. Be sure your parent tells us about your situation on the Medical Release Form so we can respond properly. Medical conditions will not limit a child's acceptance to our program.
DO WE HAVE CAMP IF IT RAINS?
Usually we will have camp. If it is raining so come prepared if conditions are intermittent. Occasionally we will have a downpour rain day. If this happens, an email will be sent early in the morning to students with instructions for the day. Parents should monitor their email if they are unsure about the weather conditions. No news is good news - class is on.
ARE MY INSTRUCTORS PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES?
All instructors are certified in CPR and First Aid. We conduct an emergency preparedness drill during staff training. We are in contact with the Gig Harbor Fire Department prior to summer and they know where we are. There is ice for "booms", and emergency kits on the whalers.
WHAT IF WE NEED TO CHANGE SESSIONS OR CANCEL?
With notice and availability a camper may change from a registered session to a later one. Contact the Director via email or phone with your plans. Click here for further information on the TYC Junior Sail Camp Cancellation Policy. Refunds will be issued as an adjustment to your credit card account.
MAY I ATTEND MORE THAN ONE SESSION?
Yes, please do! Many sailors enjoy coming to camp for multiple weeks to master skills. Instructors will decide if a child is eligible to move up to the next level or are advised to repeat the same level. If space is available your request will be accepted.
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