At TISC, we have a passion for the sport of sailing and we want to share it with you! Our goal is to get you on the water, and: have classes for all interests and abilities! TISC offers beginner through advanced sailing courses for youth, adults, and adaptive students. We also provide opportunities for youth groups and families to sail together. In addition to our sailing courses, we offer a variety of water sports including kayaking, windsurfing, and paddle boarding.
Each year, approximately 75% of our youth and adaptive sailors attend our programs on scholarship. TISC never turns away a child and has no limit to the number of scholarships we award. Please visit our Scholarship
page to see if you qualify for free or discounted sailing lessons!
CLASS PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
Adults: Each sailor is required to have a Medical Form completed before start of class.
Youth: Parents much complete the Parent Registration Packet before a child can participate in a class. Students are required to complete the capsize drill.
Capsize Drill: All Youth Students must pass the basic capsize drill on the first day of class to ensure that the student is comfortable in the water. To pass the drill, students are required to swim 10 yards, climb into a youth sailboat and purposely capsize the boat. The student then swims around and rights the boat, and swims back to shore. This is done under the supervision of our trained instructors and the students will be coached through the entire process. Students are given time to practice so they can successfully complete the drill.
What to Bring to Class: All participants need to bring a bathing suit and/or clothes that can get wet, shoes that can get wet (shoes must be worn at all times), a towel and a change of clothes. We recommend bringing a jacket, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and water bottle. TISC has foul weather gear available if necessary. Youth Students attending a Full Day Session must bring a lunch.
TYPES of BOATS
TISC utilizes different boats depending on the skill level, age and goals of each class. We also have windsurfing equipment, paddle boards and 2-person beach kayaks.
BUGS (2 person boat, ages 7-12)
Youth sailors in our beginner and introductory youth classes sail Bugs with a partner. These boats are designed for new sailors as they are durable, easy to rig and the sail area is adjustable to ensure safety in varying wind conditions. In BUGS, new youth sailors learn how to steer the boat and trim the sails in these fun boats. Once they are proficient with the basics, they move up to the Optimists.
Optimists (1 person boat, ages 7-12)
Youth intermediate and advanced sailors sail Optimists (Optis). In Optis, sailors focus on independently sailing and build confidence on the water. Once a young sailor learns how to maneuver this boat independently, they are able to use these skills to sail most boats!
Flying Juniors (2 person boat, ages 13 – 18)
Flying Juniors (FJs) are used in our teen classes for beginners through advanced sailors. FJs are a double-handed boats and have two sails. These boats require two participants and each sailor will learn the roles of both skipper and crew.
J24 Keelboats (4-5 person boat, ages 6 – Adult)
J24's are stable, non-capsizable boats sailed with an instructor on-board. All sailors work together and get a chance to steer the boat and trim the sails. No swim test is required for J24s.
Access Dinghies (1 – 2 person boat, Ages 6 – Adult)
Access Dinghies are a unique small boat with a heavy dagger board that can't capsize. They are used worldwide as a boat for beginner sailors and sailors with physical disabilities.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and count on your registration both to fund and staff our programs. We understand that sometimes a cancellation is unavoidable. Please be considerate of our time and efforts prior to registering. If you do need to cancel our policy is as follows:
- Before 30 Days - Full Refund
- Before 15 days - 50% Refund
- 15 days or less NO Refunds
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The Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve our community and the sport of sailing by providing access, facilities, and sailing instruction to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, skill levels, and physical abilities.