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510-238-2196

2019 Camp Information

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Explorer Boating Camp (Ages 7-10) @ Lake Merritt

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:30 pm (before and after care available 8am-6pm)

Aaarrrgh Matey! Lads and Lassies will learn the skills needed to be a proper sailor including charting the lake from a pedalboat, searching for treasure on kayaks, and the teamwork needed to row a whaleboat without a mutiny during this safe and fun boating experience. Map making, learning about the animals and plants, and boatbuilding round out a fun and adventure filled week!

Campers attend a pool session the first day of camp to assess their water comfort and learn about lifejackets and boating safety.

Basic Sailing Camp (Ages 10-17) @ Lake Merritt

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:30 pm (before and after care available 8am-6pm)

This entry level sailing class will definitely give kids a chance to get their "sea legs". The campers start off learning the parts of the sailboat and by week's end they'll understand wind direction as it relates to propelling and more importantly, controlling their sailboat. Games and drills on the water will help to teach these basic skills. No experience is needed. Each session consists of 1 week of programming.

A swim evaluation is required to participate in this camp.

Intermediate Sailing Camp (Ages 10-17) @ Lake Merritt

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:30 pm (before and after care available 8am-6pm)

Sailors will be taken to the next level while keeping an emphasis on safety and fun! More advanced sailing skills will be covered as well as faster, more challenging sailboats. This would be a great camp to take if you're considering sailing on the Estuary in racing dinghies but want to polish tacks and jibes.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Sailing Camp or equivalent. Note: Youth may need to take Intermediate Sailing Camp more than once to meet the US Sailing Small Boat Sailing standard to progress to the Oakland Estuary Jack London Aquatic Center (JLAC) camps. Swim evaluation is required to participate in this camp.

Catamaran Sailing Camp (Ages 12-17) @ Jack London Aquatic Center

Monday ~ Friday
9:15 am ~ 3:45 pm

Catamaran Camp is a great introduction to multi-hull sailing. Sail Hobie 16's on the Estuary learn to trapeze!

Prerequisite: Passing the new US Sailing Small Boat standards for Intermediate Sailing Camp prior to Catamaran Camp dates or passing U.S. Sailing standards elsewhere. In addition, a swim evaluation is required if not already on file.

JY-15 Sailing Camp (Ages 12-17) @ Jack London Aquatic Center

Monday ~ Friday
9:15am ~ 3:45pm Ages 12-17

NEW! Join us at the Oakland Estuary on our performance 2-person JY-15s. Learn team sailing skills and build more confidence sailing on the Estuary.

Prerequisite: Passing the US Sailing Small Boat Sailing standards for Intermediate Sailing camp prior to JY-15 camp dates or passing US Sailing small boat sailing standards elsewhere. In addition, a swim evaluation is required if not already on file.

Advanced Sailing Camp (Ages 12-17) @ Jack London Aquatic Center

Monday ~ Friday
9:15 am ~ 3:45 pm Ages 12 ~ 17

Looking for more advanced sailing than Lake Merritt offers? Join us at the Oakland Estuary and build your sailing skills. Learn basic racing techniques. Knowledge brings confidence when you're riding the wind in a high-performance sailing dinghy.

Prerequisite: Passing the new US Sailing Small Boat standards for Intermediate Sailing Camp prior to Advanced Camp dates or passing U.S. Sailing standards elsewhere. In addition, a swim evaluation is required if not already on file.

Junior Leadership Camp (Ages 14-17) @ Lake Merritt

Monday ~ Friday
9:00 am ~ 3:30 pm

Designed for sailors who want to pursue future camp and sailing instructor opportunities. This small group, hands-on, fun training is focused on developing yourself as a role model and leader for younger kids, learning skills to help safely lead camp games and activities, and the fundamentals of teaching boating safety and skills. Selected individuals will have the opportunity to sign up for the junior camp instructor program for the summer camp season.

Prerequisite: Completion of an Oakland Estuary Jack London Aquatic Center (JLAC) camp and an interest in teaching youth. Entry by application. Call Sarah at 510-238-2196 for more information.

Extended Care @ Lake Merritt

Before Care: 8:00am - 9:00am at the Boating Center
After Care: 3:30pm - 6:00pm at the Boating Center

Extended Care is available for campers enrolled in Lake Merritt Boating Center activities at $15.00 per day ($75.00 for the week.) Sorry, extended care is not offered for Jack London Aquatic Center (JLAC) classes.

Explorers Campers- No Before Care available on Monday mornings. Meet at Temescal Swimming Pool (371 45th Street) at 9am for the water safety session.

There is a $1 per minute late fee policy in place after 6pm if you are late picking up your camper. Late fees are paid in cash only.
Any camper not picked up by 3:45pm will be signed into Aftercare, extended care fees apply.