Youth Boating and Sailing Camps

The City of Oakland's Lake Merritt Boating Center offers summer boating camps for youth ages 7 to 17 on Lake Merritt and on the Oakland Estuary. Campers advance in skills as they progress through the camps and grow older. Teens have an opportunity to train to be Junior Leaders for the summer camps. Registration, extended care, refund and transfer policy, locations, and scholarship information is at the bottom of this page.


General Camp Information

Lake Merritt Boating Center Summer Camps are held at 568 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 and the Jack London Aquatic Center at 115 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94608. Camps held Monday through Friday Lake Merritt Camps are from 9:00 am ~ 3:30 pm and most Jack London Aquatic Center camps are from 9:15am ~ 3:45pm (see individual programs for exceptions).

Camp Manual A manual with loads of information on all our camps including; times and locations, behavior policy, what to bring, extended care, prerequisites, etc.

Extended Care
Available for Lake Merritt Boating Center camps for $15 per day. Extended care is not available for the JLAC/Estuary classes.

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

Fee Waiver/Scholarship
A limited number of scholarships and fee waivers are available for Oakland residents based on financial need. Please contact the Lake Merritt Boating Center at (510) 238-2196 for an application or to verify that you qualify. You can also download the form.

Refund & Transfer Policy
Refund amounts are set by the City Council in the City of Oakland Master Fee Schedule. Transfers only permitted if there is space in the new class.

Standard Course Withdrawal/Transfer Fees:

  • 25% of course fee if 31 or more days in advance
  • 50% of course fee if 11-30 days in advance
  • 100% of course fee if 10 or fewer days in advance.

Special Needs

Persons with special needs are encouraged to attend programs. Please contact Erin Burton at or (510) 867-0654 to make arrangements prior to attending your first class.

Swim Evaluation

Before classes begin, all students are required to complete a swim evaluation offered at Oakland public pools or any pool of your choice with a certified lifeguard.