Summer Youth Program lottery registration will open 10:00am February 1st until February 15th, 2023.

Every year Courageous serves 1,000 youth from the Boston area. We are working hard to expand our capacity and have been able to provide substantially more hours of sailing per child in recent years. Still, we receive more applications than we are able to fulfill.

Registration

Courses

Steps To Lead

Registration is via a lottery to provide equal access to all families, regardless of their ability to pay.
The lottery will open for registration from February 1-15, 2023.

Swim Sail Science

Registration is limited to students identified as being eligible for the program from the Harvard-Kent, Eliot, Warren Prescott, Curtis Guild or William E. Russell elementary schools. For more information, please contact our Youth Programs team at ypfrontdesk@courageoussailing.org.

2022 Youth Program Courses

*These dates are tentative and may be subject to change.*

**At this time, we will be registering students for our Charlestown and Jamaica Pond locations**

Course Location Dates
Swim Sail Science Charlestown July 10- August 11 (no program July 24)
Swim Sail Science Jamaica Pond July 10- August 11 (no program July 24)
Step 1: Sailing 101 Charlestown July 31 - August 4
Step 1: Sailing 101 Charlestown August 7 - August 11
Step 1: Sailing 101 Charlestown August 15 - August 18 (no program August 14)
Step 2: Beginner Sailing Charlestown July 3 - July 21 (no program July 4)
Step 2: Beginner Sailing Charlestown July 25- August 11 (no program July 24)
Step 3: Intermediate Sailing Charlestown July 3 - July 21 (no program July 4)
Step 3: Intermediate Sailing Charlestown July 25 - August 11 (no program July 24)
Step 4: Beginner Dinghy Sailing Charlestown July 3 - July 21 (no program July 4)
Step 4: Beginner Dinghy Sailing Charlestown July 25 - August 11 (no program July 24)
Step 5: Advanced Sailing Charlestown July 3 - July 21 (no program July 4)
Step 5: Advanced Sailing Charlestown July 25 - August 11 (no program July 24)
Step 6: Instructor-in-Training Charlestown June 26 - August 11 (no program July 4)
JP1: Sailing 101 Jamaica Pond July 3 - July 14 (no program July 4)
JP1: Sailing 101 Jamaica Pond July 18 - July 28 (no program July 17)
JP1: Sailing 101 Jamaica Pond July 31 - August 11
JP2: Beginner/Intermediate Sailing Jamaica Pond July 3 - July 14 (no program July 4)
JP2: Beginner/Intermediate Sailing Jamaica Pond July 18 - July 28 (no program July 17)
JP2: Beginner/Intermediate Sailing Jamaica Pond July 31 - August 11

Lottery Information

Registration is lottery-based and there is no advantage to submitting a registration form early in the registration period. We have moved away from a first-come-first-served system in an effort to create a more equitable system. All lottery registration forms received will be processed in the following order of priority: (1) returning students, (2) siblings of returning students, and finally (3) new students who have no siblings in the program.

Please note that registration for our Swim Sail Science program is run by our school partners, and you cannot sin up for Swim Sail Science through this Lottery.

Important Dates

  • Lottery Registration Opens: February 1, 2023
  • Lottery Registration Closes: February 15, 2023
  • Confirmation Letters mailed/emailed in early March 2023

Rules and Restrictions

  • All Courageous Steps To Lead students must provide proof of their ability to swim 75 yards and tread water for 90 seconds. All students in Step 3 and above will be subjected to an onsite "swim check" by Courageous instructors.
  • Before registering for the lottery, please note the age and skill requirements for each Step. For returning students, please refer to the email sent out prior to registration with your child's recommended step.
  • All students entering the lottery for Jamaica Pond classes must be Boston residents per order of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Courageous Sailing reserves the right to require proof of address.
  • All students whose lottery registration forms have been processed will receive confirmation of their status, whether registered or wait-listed, via email once the lottery is run.
 

Scholarship Information

Full scholarships

($0 class fees) are available to families on government assistance or with a household income of less than $70,000.

Partial scholarships

(~50% discount) are available to those with a household income between $70,000 and $140,000.

There is no separate scholarship application form - it is included in the lottery entry form. Please review the Summer Youth Sailing FAQ for additional information or email ypfrontdesk@courageoussailing.org with any questions.

Note: We remain committed to providing access to our program to students regardless of their ability to pay and understand that the pandemic has caused economic hardship for many. If your income or financial situation puts you in a fee bracket that you can’t afford, please contact us and we will work with you so that your children will be able to attend.

 

2022 Youth Program Fees

**These fees reflect the cost of programming for both an in-person and hybrid model as the cost of running program in a pandemic whether fully in-person or co-currently remote and in-person is incredibly high.**

Class Class Fee Partial scholarship Full scholarship
Step 1 (4-day) $450 $225 $0
Step 1 (5-day) $500 $250 $0
Step 2 $1500 $750 $0
Step 3 $1500 $750 $0
Step 4 $1500 $750 $0
Step 5 $1500 $750 $0
JP1 $975 $500 $0
JP2 $975 $500 $0
Extended Day  $50 $25 $0
2022 Course Fees and Payment

The amount of fees owed were sent to you with your registration confirmation. This amount reflects anticipated scholarships. You can pay this invoice online with a credit card via a personalized link included in your registration packet. To receive the link again, contact Alexe@courageoussailing.org. You can also pay by submitting a check (payable to “Courageous Sailing”) or by dropping off cash at Courageous Sailing.

A note on class fee increases in 2022: Courageous Sailing is committed to providing high-quality sailing programs to youth in the Boston area regardless of their ability to pay.

In the last few years, we’ve made major investments to grow our capacity – enabling a significant increase in available program spots. We’ve done this while improving program quality, keeping the majority of our classes three weeks in duration, and maintaining one of the lowest students to instructor ratios among Boston-area youth programs.

In order to help us continue to provide opportunities for all current students, and increase capacity to accept new students, over the next few years we will gradually increase class fees to better offset our real costs per student (currently $600 per week). We remain committed to providing sailing programs to youth regardless of ability to pay, which means:

  • Scholarships continue to be readily available for all who qualify.
  • We do not want this increase in class fees to be a barrier for any new or returning student. We are committed to working with every family to ensure that your children will be able to attend
  • The registration and lottery process for admittance to the Courageous Sailing Summer youth programs is “Need-Blind.” This means that admission, in no respect, is based on ability to pay

By helping us to cover the true costs of programming, we will be able to direct more of our fundraising efforts to the following capacity-building priorities:

  • Increasing class offerings program-wide
  • Purchasing the dinghies we’ll need in the coming years to accommodate the growing number of advanced sailors
  • Maintaining our current fleet and replacing aging boats
  • Paying our instructors industry competitive rates
Registration
 
  • Contact

    Courageous Sailing YP Team
    Admin Staff
    ypfrontdesk@courageoussailing.org
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