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10 year old wants sailing lessons LBI

North end of the island. My 10 year old son has asked to learn to sail this summer. If he loves it, might get him a small boat in August. Need recommendations on where to send him for sailing lessons/camp preferably on the north end of LBI nj.
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Have you called these guys: Barnegat Bay Sailing School, 100 Harbor Inn Rd. Bayville (732) 269-1351

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Yes, but they arent on the island and it would take about 40 minutes to drive there. They are across the bay and dont have a facility near our house.
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I can't offer any suggestions, as I'm not familiar with the offerings on Long Beach Island. All I'll say is that a good, reputable sailing school may be worth a little extra drive-time.

By the way, that is great that your little one wants to take some sailing lessons. It is an awesome way to pass a chunk of summer vacation.

One thing we looked for, was programs that offered 1/2 day lessons, instead of all-day. Even with a lunch break, all-day can be a long stretch on the water for youngsters. You want them to enjoy it -- not feel like it's a marathon. If they only offer "all-day" schools, make sure they take a good long lunch break in the shade, where they play some other games (frisbee, ping-pong, whatever) to mix it up a bit.

Hopefully someone in your vicinity will chime in with more recommendations. Welcome to Sailnet, and very best of luck to you and your son!!


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Try Contacting these folks...they'll be able to point you in the right direction.

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I'm new to sailing, but not to kids. I assisted in teaching youth sailing classes last summer. A yacht club with three hour sessions by age group is ideal for that age. I agree with JohnRPollard that the lessons only need be half-day. The classes were two weeks in length. We used Sunfish.

My ten-year-old ate it up and is ready to get back out there. I bought a Hobie Cat for the family to play on this summer, so we'll all learn more in the coming sailing season.
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NJ Sailing School is located in Point Pleasant. I don't know any more about them.

Nelsons Sailing Center is located in Island Heights, and they do have kids programs.

Good luck! I wish I had learned at that age.

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Check out Nelsons sailing center in Island Heights. They offer a sailing camp Kids can sail ! Children's sailing instruction at the Jersey Shore. they run a nice program for kids.
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Harvey Cedars Marina. Private lessons using the Hobie Wave, Hobie Bravo, and Laser Pico. Ages 6 and up.
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Start him off in an Optimist

Surf City Yacht Club has a program and they can provide the Opie if you are a year one beginner. If he likes it and gets into racing then there are huge Opie fleets everywhere.
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