This summer my son attended junior sailing classes at the North Texas Sailing School located at the Rush Creek Yacht Club in Heath, TX on Lake Ray Hubbard. There are three sessions each summer that a child can attend. The last one started on July 12, 2010.
For two weeks from 9-4 daily he learned all the key points to a sail boat, safety and learned how to sail a boat. The first week was intense class work and on hands experience in learning everything about the boat, how to sail, boat safety and sailing. Students learn sailing theory, tacks and points of sail, rigging and unrigging the boat, basic knots and other sailing topics. On the second week, the students are out in the water for the duration of the week and putting to use what they learned.
The instructors/teachers on site are mainly previous students and local school teachers. There’s plenty of staff there every day to make one feel comfortable in leaving their child behind for the day. On the very first day, the students are tested on their swimming ability. Show up prepared with the items from the checklist. Your child will need everything on it, especially that life jacket, sun screen and lunch!
Everyday my son told me everything he learned that day. He really enjoyed his time on the water with other students and instructors learning something totally new. They lived on the water and had a total blast. My son slept so soundly every night! And every day he would wake up and ready to go again. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who is looking for something “out of the box” yet local for their children. All the kids who attended my son’s session were always so excited about getting in a boat and taking off in the water. The location is convenient and so are the hours.