Independent Sailing Camp
Learn to Safely Sail
On Your Own
*Requires Pre-Approval – and must have attended at least one Classic Camp*
Learn how to autonomously navigate the lake! A MUST if you ever want to rent or buy, when we’re not there to guide you, or just want to learn more! (Don’t worry, we’re still here for camp!) Learn to understand the wind and weather, how to make good sailing decisions, practice all ‘points-of-sail,’ and experience more freedom on the lake while we can still help you problem-solve, so you can safely sail on your own someday!
Independent Sailing Camp is more headwork, more relaxed, less structured and less “summer-campy,” though just as fun! We allow sailing in much higher wind conditions, as they will have demonstrated the efficiency to do so at Classic Camp(s.) It’s about self-efficacy, self-sufficiency- total responsibility for yourself and your boat. For this reason, a higher level of maturity and a deeper interest in understanding sailing concepts will serve them well. As will the next level of discussion around how they form the beliefs that create the behaviors, which will ultimately create their experience of, and satisfaction with life. If they are eager to learn more, we are eager to have them. The challenge is greater, but so, too, is the payoff!
To be clear, the 2 levels of camps that we offer are not necessarily of a progressive nature, like going through grades in school, although, attending AT LEAST ONE ABLE “Classic,” camp, IS a pre- requisite. Too, though, having attended ABLE “Classic,” camp once does not, by any means, suggest that your next camp with us should be Independent Sailing Camp, NOR does having attended Independent Sailing Camp,” suggest that your sailing camp experience with ABLE To Sail is over. Almost ALL of our Independent Camp kids come back for Classic Camp weeks, cuz they’re so dang FUN! And it’s where they will gain sailing experience and make new friends!
- Union Reservoir, Longmont
- August 2nd – 4th, 2021
- Monday – Wednesday
- 10AM – 4PM
- Make-Up Day Thursday the 5th
Our commitment is that cost never be a barrier to attending
Get in touch to discuss alternative arrangements for your child.
So, How many times can I or should I attend “Classic,” ABLE To Sail?
As many as you’d like! There’s no limit. It’s where you gain experience. Each week of ABLE To Sail is different, for many reasons- weather and the particular kids are but two of the factors. No two days of ABLE To Sail are the same, and thus, no two weeks are either. Beyond the evolving emotional insights gained, each camp is simply where you gain sailing experience! However, the biggest factor is that ABLE To Sail will be different, because your child is now different than they were a year ago.
For example, the move from middle school to high school is often harsh -though maybe not nearly as cruel as the evolution from elementary to middle school, where, for many, was their first experience of bullying, overt judgment, loss of friends and the anxiety of needing to be in the “in crowd,” in order to avoid the awful sting of betrayal and abandonment, where peer approval seeking and the desperation to belong – to do ANYTHING to BELONG, first irrevocably rears it’s painful head. Thus, the “motivational/inspirational,” message that we deliver, though remaining essentially the same, reaches them differently and the level on which they are able to receive that message, is completely different than what they were able to comprehend and apply in a personal way, just one year ago.
As a grown up you may have the experience of a reading and re-reading a particular favorite book that, with each reading, new things jump out that you SWEAR weren’t there before! But now, because of your life experience, their relativity becomes pertinent and applicable. Thus is the experience of attending ABLE To Sail each summer. It goes with, and grows with you, supporting each and every new facet of the youth-life experience!