OSWEGO - The H. Lee White Maritime Museum’s Learn to Sail Summer program offers a variety of youth and adult sailing classes to help community members experience the enjoyment of the waterfront. The classes will run three weeks this season, July 8-10, July 15-17 and July 29-31. This program has a long history of teaching water safety and boat handling to those nine and up and is an excellent way to make people feel comfortable around boats and the water.
Classes available for are basic-youth (nine-17 years old) and adult, intermediate-youth/adult. Small class size ensures a positive and safe learning experience. Students will learn sailing fundamentals, safe boat handling and water survival. All students practice floating fully clothed and the wearing of a personal floatation device, boating safety techniques, capsize survival and recovery, hypothermia prevention and emergency signals.
The first level course teaches basic sailing skills. Students learn to face challenges, overcome obstacles and develop confidence in their skills. The fee is $90 for youth and $175 for adults.
Intermediate classes are for sailors that have gone through the basics but want to have more time to develop their skills and confidence on the water. The fees are $110 youth and $175 for adults.
“Our goal is to offer courses so that anyone can feel comfortable participating in sailing recreational activities on our waterways.” Stated Mercedes Niess, HLWMM, Executive Director.