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Summer Camps at Point Defiance Marina

Sails and Trails 2018 Camps

Sails and Trails Camp

Morning beach activities include familiarization with fishing regulations, fish identification, and techniques off the pier. Staff-led hikes will take campers into Point Defiance Park where they will explore the trails that meander through its old growth forest. 

Afternoons at the Tacoma Youth Marine Center are spent sailing and kayaking.

In addition, campers will take a field trip to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and the Foss Waterway Seaport Center. They will also tour the Curtis and Odyssey ships docked at the Tacoma Youth Marine Center which are used for the Sea Scout Program.

The instructors are graduates of the Sea Scout Program and current volunteers. They teach the campers how to rig their sail boats and kayaks, parts of the vessels, safety rules, water safety, navigation, knot tying, and tacking, gybing and kayaking techniques.


Tacoma Yacht Club Junior Sailing Camps

Transportation is available from Titlow Park to Wollochet Bay, Gig Harbor. 

Ages 7-8 • Jelly Fish
Ages 7-8 learn a mix of land based and sail boat activities where students learn how wind and sails work together to make a sail boat move through the water. Several different knots are needed to rig a sail boat, so students will practice basic knot tying. Sailing uses different vocabulary, so the words that are used for parts of the boat and directional activities on the water are practiced. An Opti class boat will be used.


Ages 9-11 • Novice Opti
Novice Opti sailors are those who have had little or no previous experience in a boat either rowing, power or sail, and are able swimmers. Some may have completed the Jellyfish class. Specific sailing knowledge is not required.


Ages 12-18 • Novice Teen
The teen novice sailing class is designed just for teens regardless of ability or experience. Participants sail with 420's to improve their skills if they have taken lessons in prior years. This program is to help students achieve independent competence and with basic sailing skills. They will learn to tack, gybe, steer, and work with others on a sail boat. The second week of camp is scavenger hunts, distance sailing, man overboard drills, and sailing around buoys. Knots and vocabulary are learned throughout the camp.