Youth classes are held in two-week sessions during June, July and August. The various levels are geared to the different sailing abilities and interests of the students. The boats used are Bugs and 420s. JPYC reserves the right to select the appropriate class level in order to ensure that children are in the best level for their age, size and experience.

2019 Session Dates


Session 1: June 17th - June 28th

Session 2: July 1st - July 12th

Session 3: July 15th - July 26th

Session 4: July 29th - Aug 9th

Session 5: Aug 12th - Aug 23rd



Taught in Jackson Park Outer Harbor, classes are taught in two week sessions and are held Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. No classes on July 4th. If inclement weather, classes are held indoors. Students must pass a basic swim check.

Student receive both classroom and on-the-water instruction. Classes are taught by US Sailing certified instructors on 420s and Bugs sailboats.


Youth interested in learning both golf and sailing can participate in our joint Golfing and Sailing Program.

Offered in partnership with The First Tee of Greater Chicago, students enrolled in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Sessions of JPYC’s Junior Sailing Program will have the opportunity, as part of their sailing program and at no additional cost, to learn golf from The First Tee program’s instructors for approximately 3 hours totaling the 2 week session. Students will be transported from JPYC to Jackson Park Driving Range for these lessons.

Similarly, students participating in The First Tee’s programs will have the opportunity, as part of their golfing program with the First Tee Program, to attend special Saturday sailing lessons taught by the JPYC Foundation’s Junior Sailing Program instructors.

Students enrolled in The First Tee of Greater Chicago’s Golfing Programs will have the opportunity to learn to sail as part of their golfing lessons at no additional cost. Students will be transported from the Jackson Park Driving Range to JPYC for these lessons.

First Tee Kids Sailing Dates


Session 1 12-3:00 Saturday 6/22 and 6/29

Session 2 12-3:00 Saturday 7/6 and 7/13

Session 3 12-3:00 Saturday· 7/20 and 7/27

Session 5 12-3:00 Saturday 8/10


Space in both programs is limited so be sure to register now!!

To register for JPYC Foundation’s Junior Sailing Program CLICK HERE

JPYC Member registration opens - Febtruary 1st, 2019

General Public/Non-JPYC Member registration opens - March 1st, 2019

To become a JPYC Member, CLICK HERE

To register for The First Tee of Greater Chicago’s programs please CLICK HERE





Youth Sailing Classes/


Junior Program Banquets


The Boats



On The Water Safety

All on the water activities are patrolled by "safety" boats. These boats consist of inflatable boats with engines and a Boston Whaler. Each boat is manned by experienced instructors. Additionally, both coast guard and Chicago police department boats regularly patrol near Jackson Park Harbor.

We strongly encourage parents to take the following free online courses prior to their sailor's start date.· Sailors, especially beginner sailors, frequently get hit in the head with the boom/sail.· If you notice your sailor displaying any symptoms please seek medical treatment from your healthcare provider and also contact our Director of Youth Sailing Programs.· Additionally, please report any misconduct to our Director of Youth Sailing Programs.

Center's for Disease Control HEADS Up Youth Sports Concussion Training Course:

US Sailing and Safe Sport Parent Guide to Misconduct in Sport:





US Coast Guard Approved Type III Vest PFD (Life Jacket) Not Provided

Completed Medical Authorization and Release, Liability Waiver and Release, and Emergency Contact Information Forms

Close Toed Shoes, Sunscreen, Suitable Sailing Attire, Change of Dry Clothes and Lunch

Review of Parent Sailor Code of Conduct, Paarent Code of Conduct & Parent Handbook

Timely and complete payment of all fees

Swim Check – All students are required to be able to swim. Instructors will conduct a swim check on the first day of class. The swim check requires that each child be able to swim 50 feet with clothes on, then tread water. This applies to children who passed the swim check in prior years. Please bring a towel and change of clothes to the first class.

2019 Schedule

Session 1    June 17th to June 28th*

Session 2    July 1st to July 12th*

Session 3     July 15th to July 26th*

Session 4     July 29th to August 9th

Session 5     August 12th to August 23rd*


General Public/Non-JPYC Members registration opens March 1st, 2019

To register for the Junior Sailing Program CLICK HERE

*Students registered in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th sessions will also participate at no exta charge in our joint golfing and sailing program offered in patnership with the First Tee Program of Greater Chicago. See here for more details.



A 10% discount is applied to the total tuition for two (2) siblings enrolled in the program.
A 15% discount is given for the same child in multiple sessions.

Please note that discounts apply only to “sailing school” tuition, and does not apply to membership dues.

SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP OFFER: Become a member of JPYC and receive discount on junior sailing fees. CLICK HERE

If you are unable to afford our Junior Program a limited number of scholarships are available. For more information on scholarships

Special Privileges for Parents

We welcome parents to come to JPYC to watch their children sail. When your child is enrolled in our programs, you are welcome to come to the club for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, dinner on Saturdays or attend one of our many events and parties.



Junior Sailing

2-Week Session

2-Week Session




Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m not sure what class is right for my child. How should I choose?

A: We have classes for all age groups and levels of experience. Please refer to the class descriptions and select what you think is the best option. When classes start we can always make adjustments to class placements based our evaluation of your child’s skills and interests


Q: What should my child bring to summer sailing lessons?

A: Your child should be prepared for a day on the water. So pack for them a life jacket, sack lunch, water bottle, sun screen, towel, hat, sunglasses and close-toed shoes that can get wet.


Q: Does my child need a life jacket?

A: YES. Each student is required to have his/her own life jacket. Life jackets should be United States Coast Guard approved and properly fitted at the store. USCG Type III Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are recommended for sailing school. Prices usually start around $25 per jacket. JPYC does have a few extra life jackets on hand for when children occasionally forget their own.


Q: Will there be a swim test?

A: YES. All students are required to know how to swim. Instructors will conduct a swim check of each student on the first day of sailing school. All students must take the check, including children who passed the test in prior years. The swim check requires that each child be able to swim 50 feet with clothes on, then tread water without a life jacket in the water. Please bring a towel and change of clothes to the first class.


Q: What happens when the weather is too bad to sail?

A: We only take children out on the water when conditions are safe for their boats and their level of experience. If the weather does not allow them to be on the water, we combine classroom instruction with fun off-the-water activities to complete the day.


Q: Is there class on July 4th?

A: NO. We do not have class on July 4th and this day is not made up later in the session.

Q: What if we need to cancel? Are refunds given?

A: Class fees refunds can be made under the following conditions:

• Student does not pass the swim test

Student/ Parent provides 2 weeks' notice prior to the start of the first class

Class fees cannot be returned if:

• Student has already started the class and changes their mind.

• Student signs up for full summer, but decides, after the first session, not to attend the second session.

Our program fills up quickly, so act today! Enrollment is confirmed only upon receipt of full program fees.

To enroll:

1. Complete Online Enrollment Form and Pay Fees by CLICKING HERE

JPYC MEMBER registration opens February 1st, 2019, General Public Registration opens March 1st, 2019


2. Confirmation:

• Once your application and payment is received, we will confirm your spot in the Junior Program.


The Chicago Park District offers affordable swimming lessons. Visit the Chicago Park District's website to register for swimming lessons.



Junior Sailing Program Banquets

At the end of each session a Junior Program Banquet will be held. At this time, the students will do a demonstration for their parents and parents can take photographs and videos of their junior sailors. The demonstration will be followed by an awards ceremony. Dinner may be purchased at an additional cost.


Junior Program Banquet Dates


Session 1: Thursday June 27th

Session 2: Thursday July 11th

Session 3: Thursday July 25th

Session 4: Thursday Aug 8th

Session 5: Thursday Aug 22nd

420 sailboats are the boat of choice for yacht clubs, community sailing programs, and individuals. These boats provide the strongest, lightest, and most durable boats and rigging available.

Novice and beginner sailors can learn to sail on 420s, while intermediate and advance sailors also use these boats to race.

This 2-handed boat is great for older sailors as they learn how to crew, (handle the sails) and hdly.elm(steer). 420s are easy to rig and are kid-friendly.

Novice and beginner sailors learn to sail on Bugs – safe, dry and simple boats which are ideal for teaching new sailors. Intermediate sailors also use these boats and learn more advanced techniques to achieve maximum performance and speed.

A pocket-sized trainer boat, the Bug is simple, fast, and fun to sail with a plethora of features that make the boat great for beginners and experienced junior sailors. The Bug is easy to rig and definitely kid friendly. These tough, abrasion-resistant hulls have a bumper boat tolerance that’s a big plus when it comes to kids learning to sail. It's stable, thanks to its beam, and two skegs help its upwind ability.

The Bug starts as a boat for beginners with a short rig, and allows those beginners to climb the performance ladder with a larger
performance rig.

It is ideal for sailing clubs, as it gives beginners or more advanced sailors an enjoyable ride. 


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