Swim Sail Science

Swim Sail Science is a no cost 5-week summer program for Boston Public Schools children that blends academic support with sailing lessons, swimming instruction, and hands-on marine and physical science.



Swim Sail Science is designed to make learning fun, to support social emotional and academic growth, and to help kids develop the tools they need to succeed in school, work, and life. Swim Sail Science is part of the Boston-wide Summer Learning Project, a partnership between youth development programs like Courageous and Boston Public Schools. It is focused on supporting rising 4th and 5th grade Boston Public School students identified as being vulnerable to the cumulative effects of summer learning loss.

Students in SSS learn to sail and swim; they make progress in math, science and English language arts with help from BPS teachers; and every student receives daily transportation and meals, all at no cost to their families. No prior sailing or swimming experience is necessary for students to attend. At this time, registration is limited to students who attend the Harvard-Kent, Warren Prescott, Eliot, Curtis Guild, Curley, Perry, Bradley or William E. Russell elementary schools. If you have questions about your child’s eligibility, please email us at ypfrontdesk@courageoussailing.org.

After two summers, Swim Sail Science students move up to our summer youth program’s “Step 2”, where they will continue learning how to sail while also participating in enrichment activities, like marine science classes, building solar boats, and swimming.

Sample Schedule:*

7:50-8:15 AM Arrive at Pier 4 and eat breakfast

8:15 – 9:15 Math

9:15 – 10:15 English Language Arts

10:15 – 11:30 Swimming

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 2:45 Sailing

2:45 – 3:00 Debrief

3:00 – 3:15 Dismissal

*Swim Sail Science operates on a rotating block schedule, so every day will be slightly different.

Course Information

Dates Duration Tuition
July 8 – August 9 (no program July 22) 5 weeks No cost
Charlestown or Jamaica Pond
Daily schedule:
8:00am – 3:30pm
Extended day:
8am – 5pm (*transportation and meals provided)
What to bring each day


Courageous Sailing YP Team
Admin Staff