Summer Camps Set Sail in the Harbor

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Summer camps are churning up the harbor for fun in the sun as kids learn to sail and paddle.

The Gig Harbor Yacht Club Junior Sail Program is wrapping up week two of its very popular summer camp, while the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team is finishing its first three-week session.

Summer Camps

Junior Sail summer camp is open to youth ages 6 to 8 through the end of August.

Area youth, ages 6 to 18, are served by these dynamic — and just plain fun — programs that teach boating and water safety skills and get kids active on the water. Both camps are the perfect training ground for a life-long love of water recreation, not to mention participation in locally and nationally competitive teams.

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No sailing experience is necessary for Sail Camp. Kids sail their own boat on the first day of instruction.

Junior Sail Summer Camp is a Hit on the Harbor

GHYC Junior Sail Program, which Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard proudly sponsors, offers eight sessions of learn-to-sail camp for ages 6-18. The Monday-Friday sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Novices and Teens ages 8 to 18, and from 1-4 p.m. for the new age group of 6- to 8-year-old Guppies added this year.

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Junior Sail Camp is about fun, safety and sailing on the harbor.

Junior Sail Camp is taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors out of West Shore Marina. No previous sailing experience is required for this fun-filled camp that has novices sailing their own boat in no time. Each Friday the campers sail to the lighthouse spit for a picnic and exciting Sailing Olympics.

Space is filling fast for this popular camp, with more than 140 sailors registered so far. For more information and to check space availability in sessions through Aug. 25, go to GHYC Junior Sail.

Canoe & Kayak Summer Camp Means SUP Fun, Too

The Canoe & Kayak summer camp is open to kids ages 9 to 14 and operates from Skansie Brothers Park. Sessions are three days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and run for three weeks.

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Kids at Canoe & Kayak Camp learn to paddle SUPs along with canoes and kayaks. Jumping off on a hot summer day is the best part.

At the end of the 3-week camp session, new paddlers may join the Development Team after discussions with coaches and parents. In addition, all paddle campers are encouraged to join the racing team to compete in a few novice-oriented regattas held at the end of the summer.

For more information go to Canoe & Kayak Summer Camp.

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