2023 Sail Camps 

Youth Sail Camps

The Greater Richmond Sailing Association on Swift Creek Reservoir offers the chance to enter the exciting sport of sailing. Future sailors ages 8-15 can come out for the first time or come back to further enhance their skills. These one-week camps are taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors. This adventure-based program promotes leadership, self-confidence, sportsmanship, safety awareness and respect for others. Important: Students must be able to pass a swim test consisting of swimming 50 feet unaided. While on the water all campers must wear a well-fitted Coast Guard approved Type III personal flotation device (PFD). High school students can earn PE credits in Chesterfield County and Richmond City for these camps (please ask your school’s guidance department for details if interested).  Registrants will be emailed forms before the start of the course. *Bring completed forms to class on the first morning and turn in to your instructor!


For questions about registration, contact Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov.  For questions about the camps, email sailcamp@grsa.org.

Cancellation Policy:  GRSA requires two weeks’ notice for cancellations for a full refund. Any cancellations made within two weeks of the selected course will not be issued a refund.

Drop off and pick-up at Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Woolridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian.

Each session is Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                               $400

Registration will open in January 2023


Important Forms:

2023 Camp Guide Parent Handbook

2023 Camp Sail Risk Form

2023 Camp Student Info Sheet


Level I Sail Camp

No experience required! This is our beginner class and the perfect introduction to fall in love with sailing. Sailors will learn how to rig sailboats, the parts of a sailboat, sail trim, safety, how to read the wind, and steering. 8-11 year olds will have the opportunity to be the captain of their own boat sailing Optimist dinghies, while 12-15 year olds will be paired up to jointly operate our Collegiate 420 sailboats.


8-11 years old:  limit of 12 students

June 05-09 Course 41947

June 12-16 Course 41948

June 19-23  Course 41949

July 10-14  Course 41950

July 17-21 Course 41951


12·15 years old:  limit of 10 students

June 05-09 Course 41952

June 12-16 Course 41953

June 19-23  Course 41954

July 10-14  Course 41955

July 17-21 Course 41956



Level II Sail Camp

Build on the experience gained from Level I Camp! Learn intermediate/advanced sailing techniques, and experiment with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math components of sailing. In the 8-11 year old class, students will continue to expand their knowledge of sailing in Opti's and learn more advanced sailing techniques. They will also experience a long- distance sail across Swift Creek Reservoir. In the 12-15 year old class students will be introduced to the basics of racing. This class will utilize our International 420's.


8-11 years old:  limit of 12 students

June 26-30 Course 41957

July 24-28 Course 41958


12-15 years old:  limit of 10 students

June 26-30 Course 41959

July 24-28 Course 41960



Level III Sail Camp

Only offered for 12-15 year olds - must have completed at least two GRSA Sail Camps within the last four years. This class will take the fundamentals learned over Level l and Level II and put them to work learning the ropes of sailing a larger boat.  Students will advance from our International 420's which are 13'9" into the 19’ Flying Scots!  This class will challenge the adventurer in all students by gaining experience in a larger boat and learning more race tactics!


12-15 years old:  limit of 12 students

July 31 - August 04 Course 41961

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