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Each year, the Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC) partners with Bay Area Youth groups to provide sailing opportunities at little to no cost. We offer full scholarships (free sailing) to groups that work with underprivileged youth. These scholarships are made possible through grants and private donations. In 2015, TISC provided over 2000 scholarships for students in need!


Our Partners

Life Learning Academy Glide Foundation Envision Academy 7 Teepees
Urban Adventure Huckleberry Wellness Cameron House The Garden Project
BAADS CUPC Peninsula Chinatown YMCA
Arribba Juntos Notre Dame High School Aspen Community School Burtan High School
  SF Parks & Rec Faces  



All Groups Welcome

TISC is committed to provide sailing opportunities to ALL youth programs. We work with groups from the East Bay, the Peninsula, San Francisco and San Jose, among others areas! We even host a school from Colorado! All youth groups, schools and community organizations are welcome to sail with us!

Benefits of Sailing

Sailing is an interactive sport that requires both mental and physical strength. Our curriculum teaches sailing skills, water safety and life skills. Through our curriculum, students will gain on-the-water comfort and confidence. Sailing is a great medium to teach life skills. Students will be given tasks that will teach goal setting, build self-esteem and self-reliance, encourage teamwork and communication and develop leadership skills.


92% of the youth organizations that sail with us come on FULL SCHOLARSHIP, meaning they participate for free. To qualify for a scholarship, your organization must work with at-risk, low income or under served youth. If you are unsure as to whether or not your group qualifies, please contact the Program Director at 415-421-2225. To apply for a Group Scholarship, please fill out a Youth Group Scholarship form and submit it with a registration form.

Types of Sailing/Watersports Opportunities

  • 1 Day Orientations Sails – These introductory sails provide a brief exposure to sailing on San Francisco Bay.  Groups will spend three hours sailing on the Bay on larger boats with an instructor on board.  Each child will have the opportunity to steer the boat and enjoy feeling the wind in their hair.
  • 1 Day Kayak Tours Students will learn basic paddle technique and explore our cove for 2 – 3 hours. Students paddle in pairs in our 2 person beach kayaks and get wet and have fun! Kayaking is a great way for students to build on the water comfort and confidence!
  • Weeklong Summer Camp – Children gain confidence in the water and learn to captain a small sailboat by themselves.  The students will learn the importance of working together to accomplish these goals.
  • Customized Program – In some circumstances, TISC can be flexible in what we have available and we can modify our offerings to accommodate the needs of a youth organization. Please contact the Program Director at 415-421-2225 for more information!

How to Register: Complete the appropriate Group Registration Form and Medical & Liability Form located on our website's Registration page and submit all  forms via fax (415-421-2208) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If you have any questions or would like to organize scheduling over the phone, please contact us at 415-421-2225.

Cost of Program: This varies by program. If your organization does not qualify for a scholarship, please contact the Program Director at 415-421-2225 for complete costs or refer to the Registration Forms on our Registration Page.

Transportation: Unfortunately, TISC is unable to provide transportation at this time. Many groups use the MUNI 25 Treasure Island Bus, which leaves from the San Francisco Trans bay Terminal and stops close to our facility.


The Treasure Island Sailing Center 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.