Youth Programs and Field Trips

A cornerstone of Community Sailing New Orleans is to empower young people through sailing. We serve youth ages 9-18 through the STEM Design Build Sail and Crew to Captain programs, summer camps, and field trips/experiential sailing experiences. Our programs nurture leadership potential, new skill building, and positive community connections. Intentionally designed experiences help participants develop skills for success in their day to day lives.

STEM Design Build Sail

New Orleans faces many unique environmental challenges, including flooding, coastal storms, and rising sea levels. This program inspires the next generation to develop innovative solutions to local problems. Our STEM Design Build Sail program empowers young people to become active, informed citizens who contribute to their community’s well-being, participate in the global economy, and tackle the challenges of the future.

Through our STEM Design Build Sail program, middle school students learn both STEM and boating skills. Over the course of the semester, students spend time in the classroom learning about myriad of topics including perimeter and area using a sail and Bernoulli’s Principle of Lift using ping pong balls and water guns. They also enjoy their time on the water. Students and parents state that the program reinforces some of the science and math concepts that they are learning at school. Students feel “learning at Community Sailing” helps them to better understand these concepts that they are encountering in their classrooms in a fun and low stress environment.

Child learning sailing technique

STEM Design Build Sail is offered free of charge. The spring session of STEM Design Build Sail will begin on March 12, 2024. Classes will meet every Tuesday from 4:30-7:00 pm. If you’re interested in learning more, email [email protected] or call 504-233-3292.

Crew to Captain

An estimated 1 in 5 jobs in Louisiana is connected to the maritime industry, and wages in this industry pay substantially higher than the Louisiana average. Crew to Captain is a three-year maritime career development program that helps high school students to identify potential pathways to careers in the local maritime industry. At the completion of the program, in addition to having learned about different maritime careers, students will earn their Sailing Instructor Certification, a Louisiana Safe Boating License, Basic Keelboat Certification, and CPR/First Aid training. We encourage graduating students to return as paid part-time instructors with Community Sailing. Leaders from the local maritime industry attend classes as speakers and mentors. By introducing high schoolers to the vast opportunities in the maritime industry, they are better prepared to pursue these career paths, which can lead to greater economic stability and a stronger local workforce.

This program is offered free of charge to 9th and 10th grade students. To apply for the fall 2024 Crew to Captain program, send an email to [email protected] telling us about yourself and why you’re interested in participating in this program.

Summer Camp

Our summer camp provides a safe, fun environment for kids to learn the basics of rigging, points of sail, sailing maneuvers, safety, and recovery. Certified instructors lead a variety of land- and water-based activities designed to promote comfort and independence in the boat.

Due to the construction of our new headquarters building, we will not offer summer camp in 2024. We look forward to offering summer camp again in 2025!

Experiential Sails

We offer experiential sailing experiences to nonprofit organizations and schools who are interested in spending a day on the water and learning more about STEM, coastal restoration and preservation, and other STEM and/or marine-based topics. We’ve learned that experiential sailing is a great opportunity to expose young people who are hesitant or nervous about being on the water to sailing. They often leave the day anticipating their next visit or asking to participate in one of our weekly programs.

If your organization or school is interested in spending the day at Community Sailing New Orleans, please contact Khari Parrish at [email protected].