FAQ for Summer Camp

What are the Instructor Qualifications?

GCSEF hires professional coaches to provide the Grapevine Sailing Community the special coaching young sailors need to build confidence and encourage them to excel. GCSEF selected these instructors specifically for their sailing expertise and ability to adjust their coaching to meet the needs of each and every student. Our class instructors are all Level I US Sailing Certified with Red Cross First aid & CPR training certificates. We have a Maximum of 12 Students per Instructor on the water at any time. Each student must be able to swim 50 feet without a lifejacket. This is determined with a swim test on the first day of class.


Who Can Participate?

All participants must be at least 7 years old and no older than 16 years of age, unless approved by the Camp Director. All participants must also be capable swimmers.


What do the kids do?

Our summer sailing classes consist of morning classroom time with fun learning exercises and activities. Then afternoons are on the water. In case of light air, we have fun on the water games, with squirt guns, buckets, and surfboards. The camp is held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, kids will watch sailing videos, play games and participate in team building exercises. All our activities teach team building, leadership, and sportsmanship skills.


What are the Camp Days and Hours?

Camps run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  We are not open on July 4th.  On the first day of camp, we ask parents to arrive 15 minutes early and stay until 9:15.  On the last day of camp, parents are invited to join the kids at noon for a fun sail so the kids can show the parents what they have learned.


What Does My Child Need To Bring?

  1. Life Jacket Type III PFD (must fit properly to the child’s size and weight)

  2. Water Bottle

  3. Swim Suit

  4. Water Shoes (closed toes, no sandals or flip-flops. Old tennis shoes work)

  5. Extra T-shirt

  6. Towel

  7. Sunglasses are a good idea with a strap.

  8. Good quality sunscreen, with at least 30 spf - waterproof is recommended - participants will want to reapply during the camp

  9. Hat - good for protection from the sun

  10. Packed lunch (a refrigerator is available)

  11. Cell phone are optional, but will be kept in a locked place while on the water


When Does My Child Have to Wear Their Life Jacket?

Lide Jackets will be worn any time the participant is in/on the water or on the dock. It would be a good idea to have each of the participant's articles properly marked with their name. GCSEF will not be responsible for lost or stolen articles.GCSEF is not a licensed or certified child care provider. Day Camp for Young Sailors, Race Team Practices and Racing Clinics are for the purpose of providing sailing instruction, not for child care. GCSEF makes no representation that our sailing camp fee is deductible as a child care expense, or for any purpose, on your federal income tax return. You should consult with your tax advisor before you take a deduction for any fees related to GCSEF activities.


Do We Need Our Own Boats?

Boat usage fees are included in the standard fees. If a student has a designated boat that they would like to bring, please let the instructor know.


Can my child sign up for more than one session?

Yes, many students will participate in multiple sessions. This is a great way to improve skills.


Can my child sign up for Race Camp?

Only students that have previously taken the recreational camp should sign up for race camp. Students signing up for the Laser/420 camp should be at least 12 years old and weigh at least 100 pounds.


Can my child sign up for the racing team?

Once your child has taken a camp session, they would be eligible for the race team.

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