About our Program
Our Sailing program is for youth who have completed grades 8-11.
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned teenage sailor willing to sharpen your skills, our goal at Camp Kasota West is to provide an experience that is fun, educational and above all increases a love of sailing. Our philosophy is that you learn sailing by sailing! Our emphasis is on safety and developing and practicing proper boat handling techniques.
Instruction is provided in the areas of safety, preparation of the boat, rigging, hoisting and setting sails, ruls of the road and points of sail. We will cover basic terminology, knots, and the basics of how to sail a small boat under the safety and direction of an experienced instructor. The camp maintains a large but mixed fleet of sail boats which include commodore’s, kolibri’s, international’s, coronada’s, seaspray, fj’s, and sunfish. No official certification is provided at this camp, but you’ll be well prepared for a White sail or beyond by the end of the week.
Campers: Please remember to bring solid footware. This might include a pair of sandles with full ankle support (no flip flops), old running shoes, or a canvas shoe like “Vans”.
Instructor – Duncan White (M.Ed.) has been sailing on Sylvan Lake since he was 9 years old and has continued to share his passion for sailing at Camp Kasota West since 1993. He received formal sailing training from the CYA but firmly believes his skill and advancement as a sailor has come from years of sailing on Sylvan, racing Lasers and cruising on the West Coast. His program is hands-on, focuses on safety, full participation & fun!
Please contact Camp Kasota West if you would like to donate a sailboat to our program.