What better time to gain a love and respect of the water than when you’re young? Sailing is an activity that has been shown by researchers to have significant benefits to children. Some of these include improving hand-eye coordination, balance, strength, as well as, the ability to improve upon quick thinking skills. Often kids who become active in sailing start to take interest in the weather and other forms of oceanic science. So you can say safely, it’s fun and educational.
SPARS teaches youth sailing in Salt run at Anastasia Water Sports located within Anastasia State Park. Class costs will cover entrance fees for dropping off and picking up children. Sailing lessons are given in our fleet of Optimist Prams, an ideal boat for kids. The Opti is 7’8″ long with a single, 35 square foot sail, and is used for training and racing worldwide. This weight limit for an Opti is 160 lbs. For intermediate sailors we also have seven Sunfish boats.
Our sailing instructors are CPR certified. With a sailing class of six or more there are two instructors per class. At least one instructor is in a chase boat at all times while children are sailing. SPARS provides USCG approved life jackets and require children to wear them at all times in the water. Shoes must be worn at all times due to oyster beds at foot of marsh.