Youth Programs at Western

WWU Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp

Enjoy your summer in an outdoor classroom on beautiful Lake Whatcom.  Since 1981, WWU Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp has helped young sailors and windsurfers master skills in a natural environment that few activities can match.

Participants must be 11 years or older, more than 100 pounds in weight, and know how to swim; a short swimming test will be taken on the first day.

Sailing instructors have completed U.S. Sailing Certification and CPR/First Aid.

Youth Programs at Western Washington University

Grades Grades 6-12
Date Mon. – Fri. for one week at a time from
June 24 – August 21
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Time 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. for Sailing and Windsurfing;
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for Racing
Location Lakewood Water Sport Facility on Lake Whatcom
Cost $125 for sailing, $110 for windsurfing;
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Notes *Priority registration deadline is
June 12*

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Beginning Sailing

No previous sailing experience is necessary to participate in beginning sailing courses.  Participants will learn:

  • Wind awareness
  • Tacking and gybing
  • Capsizing and “person overboard” recovery
  • Docking
  • How sails work
  • Safety and weather
  • Knot tying
  • Boat care
Intermediate Sailing

Beginning sailing or previous experience is required to participate in intermediate sailing courses.  Participants will refine their basic sailing skills and learn:

  • Boat handling (efficient sail trim and adjusting sail shapes)
  • Single handling of the Alpha
  • Applying skills to other boats (Lasers, Hobie-class catamarans, keel boats with spinnakers)
Beginning Racing

Basic skippering skills are required to participate in the beginning racing course.  Racing requires all of the dimensions of sailing with a heightened intensity.  Participants will refine their skills through:

  • Performance boat handling on Alphas and Lasers
  • Strategic planning – determining the fastest way around the course
  • Tactics and rules
  • Fun competition
Beginning Windsurfing

Participants will practice windsurfing skills on a dry land simulator and then on the water with a stable board and sail combination.  Principal skills taught include:

  • Wind awareness and appropriate board and sail selection
  • Tacking and gybing
  • Self-rescue
  • Speed and efficiency
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Maximum enrollment is 16 participants per session for sailing and 5 for windsurfing. Supervision is not provided for participants that arrive before the daily start time and/or after the end time.


Beginning Sailing (B)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Friday


Windsurfing (W)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Friday


June 24-26












June 24-26


June 29-July 3 (camp meets on July 3)


June 29-July 3 (camp meets on July 3)


July 13-17


July 6-10


July 20-24


July 13-17


August 3-7


July 20-24


August 10-14


July 27-31



August 3-7


August 10-14


August 17-21

Intermediate Sailing (I)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Friday


Beginning Racing (R)
2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday


July 6-10





August 17-21


July 27-31



August 17-21

For disability accommodation please contact the Lakewood Manager, Jeff Davis at or (360) 650-2900, one or two weeks advance notice would be appreciated.

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Sailing Cost: $125 per weekly session
*Week 1 (June 24-26) Beginning Sailing session is $80 due to short week
Windsurfing Cost: $110 per weekly session
*Week 1 (June 24-26) Windsurfing session is $70 due to short week

Cost is per person, per week and includes instruction, materials, and specialized equipment. Participants can register for as many session as desired.

Priority registration is June 12; registrations accepted after June 12 are on a space available basis.

A limited number of scholarships are available. For scholarship information contact Jeff Davis at (360) 650-2900 or

A full refund will be granted if a program is cancelled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure or expulsion for disciplinary matters. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email 12 working days prior to the first day of your session; a $50 handling charge will be deducted.

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Page Updated 07.28.2015