Junior Program

The Junior program focuses on the 10 to 16 year-old age group—one instructor likens it to attending summer day camp, but with your schoolmates. By taking advantage of the town’s seaside location, one can become an accomplished sailor within a few years. For those new to town, it is a great way to make friends before school starts in the fall. To enroll, students must have completed the 4th grade.

The Junior program has a five-year structure

  • First-year students start at the Sailor level   (after completion of 4th grade or older)
  • Second year students are in the Mate level
  • Third year students are in  the Skipper level
  • Fourth year students are in the Captain level 
  • Fifth year students may take the Navigator class or join the Race team

Typically, there are at least two to three Sailor and Mate groups, as these are the most heavily enrolled. Beginning students start with seamanship basics, and progressively acquire more advanced sailing skills. The mandatory equipment needed include a US Coast Guard approved type III life jacket and closed toed shoes.  Sunscreen and a smile are also recommended.

This year we are offering an introductory program for 9 year olds, or those finishing 3rd grade, called Explorers. This program will allow Cohasset children to participate in the Sailing Club 1 year earlier than our regular junior program, which starts at 10 years old. This will be a land-based, non-sailing program that is intended to be an introduction to boating. It will include learning knots and generally getting the kids comfortable with being around the water so they start the junior program strong the following summer. The Explorers will be a 1 1/2 hour class offered two days a week. The price for Explorers program is $150.

Your instructors are college and high school students, many of whom went through the CSC’s Junior Program and Racing team. Our Senior Instructors are all U.S. Sailing Level I Certified Instructors, a designation granted to those who complete an intense week-long training program and who successfully test out, thus meeting rigorous U.S. Sailing Association national standards AND the Massachusetts Environmental Police Boating Safety Course.  Other instructors are all experienced sailors, many of whom will become senior instructors in future seasons. We complete our staffing with Instructors In Training (IITs) who assist in all facets of the program.

Over two months, classes meet three times a week for two hours at a time, and combine classroom teaching with ample time on the water. Small student groups start out in the 14.5 foot Capris accompanied by an instructor. Eventually, students will be able to take out the club’s new BICs, which are small, lightweight, and highly maneuverable. Introduced in 2008, the BICs are overwhelmingly popular with the club’s younger members, and allow kids to sail alone or with a companion. The dual availability of peer group and solo learning opportunities is a unique feature of the CSC’s Junior program. Upon completing the Captain level, students may join the Racing team.

Program Fees for 2017

Annual General Membership $300
Annual Senior Membership $200
Junior Training $300
Adult Training $300
420 Race Team $300
Dock Slip $400
Float Berth $200
Land Berth $200
Late Fee $50 No exception. The fee is used to subsidize our scholarship fund.

Due to the ever-increasing popularity of the Cohasset Sailing Club junior training program, maximum class sizes will be instituted for the 2017 season. Classes will be assigned on a first come, first served basis at our spring registration, so please plan accordingly as we will be unable to make exceptions. Only Sailor and Mate swim team members will be placed in classes created to coordinate with the swim team program. In addition to the safety aspect of smaller class sizes, this will also give each student more time on the tiller each week. Consistent with our mission, we will not turn away any resident wishing to learn to sail, and because of this, it may be necessary to adjust the number of classes offered and the planned schedule. You will be notified of any changes as soon as possible after registration.

A copy of each participant’s physical/immunization form must accompany your registration. Your child will not be confirmed in a class without this required form, and he/she will not be allowed to sail.