JP1: Sailing 101

Jamaica Pond One (JP1) is a two-week beginner sailing and watersports course offered to children ages 8 and up from the City of Boston.



In JP 1, your sailor will get their first taste of sailing and boating at Courageous. They will explore the wildlife of Jamaica Pond, learn the parts of a sailboat and their purpose, and start practicing basic skills that will be important in their future on the water, like rigging/derigging, skippering, and tying knots. They will spend half the day sailing and half the day rowing, kayaking, or working on STEM activities. 

Though students will leave the pond with a lot of new knowledge and stories, our main goal is to get every sailor more comfortable and confident while out on the water and excited to keep sailing. Our instructors teach through a fun, high-energy, game-based approach aboard RS Ventures. Days may include a scavenger hunt, a raucous round of Follow the Leader, and plenty of fun, games, and crafts during on-land time. No prior sailing experience is necessary, though all students must be able to demonstrate a minimum level of swimming competency.

If a student has never sailed before or is new to Courageous and you want to sail at Jamaica Pond, JP1 is the class for them.

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:45 Arrival
8:45-9:00 Games and Activities in the tent with instructors
9:00-9:30 Chalk Talk – go over the water skill or activity of the morning
9:30-10:00 Rigging the boats
10:00 – 12:00 Sailing
12:00-1:00 Lunch and activities
1:00-3:00 Kayaking and Rowing
3:00-3:30 Debrief
3:30 Dismissal

Course Information

Dates Duration Tuition
July 1 – July 12 (no program on July 4) 2 weeks* See Fees Page
July 15 – July 26 2 weeks*
July 29 – August 9 2 weeks*
Jamaica Pond
Daily schedule:
8:45am – 3:30pm
Extended day:
8am – 5pm (*Requires additional $50 tuition)
How fees are set
What to bring each day
Swim test requirement


Courageous Sailing YP Team
Admin Staff