Youth Sailing Certification Clinic

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Serving our youth with emphasis on Safety, Fun, Skill and Camaraderie.

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Certification Course Description

The LMSA Youth sailing Certification Clinic  is a highly structured program teaching the fundamentals of small boat sailing.  (See flyer for important 2017 program details)

There are 6 levels of certification a student can achieve; Novice 1 & 2, Intermediate 1 & 2, and Advanced 1 & 2. Students will be required to master and perform 15 different skill sets, and make oral and written presentations at each skill level. The overriding theme of the program is SAFETY, LEARNING and FUN. Mastering each skill level is a significant achievement.

The program is administered by a US Sailing Certified Small Boat Instructor, and is staffed by very experienced locally trained instructors. We maintain a high ratio of instructors to students with one instructor and one assistant to every 8 students. SAFETY of the students is the number one priority of our instructor group.

Our program is available to male or female students 10 years or older with a mature, positive attitude.  Our program is fun, but it is a serious program.

*Prerequisites & Required Gear for All Sessions

1. Basic swimming skills are required. 
2. Each student must bring a USCG approved life jacket appropriate to his or her size and weight. 
3. Students must wear clothing and “closed toe” shoes suitable for water activities.
4. Students must bring their own lunches.


Youth Sailing Clinic instructors operate under the supervision of the Camp Director who is certified by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing) complete with CPR, First Aid, power boat safety and rescue training. Our sailing instructors will teach students sailing skills in our fleet Flying Juniors (FJ’s), a design used in high school and collegiate competition.

2018 Youth Sailing Certification Clinic Schedule

Students in these classes will experience 4 days of fun and focused sailing instruction on beautiful Lake Murray.  Maximum students per session is 25.  A minimum of 12 students is required to support each session.  The Camp Director will notify students and arrange for alternate dates in the event a session is canceled.

Month Week Hours
June  11 – 15 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
June 25 – 28 9:00 am – 2:00 pm   
July 09 – 12 9:00 am – 2:00 pm  
July 23 – 26 9:00 am – 2:00 pm    
August 06 – 09 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


LMSC/LMSA Youth Certification Clinic Registration

For your convenience, click on this LMSC/LMSA Youth Sailing Certification Clinic Registration link to download and print your registration form. The cost for each one week session is $165.  Student sailors will receive a certificate documenting his or her accomplishments. If you have questions or need additional information about the program, you may call Allan Gowans at 803-240-4333 or email

Sailing is a lifetime activity.

Visit our Youth Sailing page for details about our advanced sailing programs.

Lake Murray Sailing Club facilities

The Lake Murray Sailing Club was founded in 1969. Situated on 11 acres on a large cove with a modern clubhouse complimenting the rural character of the area, the grounds include a large, grassy lakefront for picnicking and a swimming area. More than 100 families hold membership in the club. Sailing interests range from casual cruising to very competitive racing.

LMSC promotes sailing through an active racing schedule and offers training for men, women, teens, and kids. The club, partnered with the Lake Murray Sailing Association (LMSA) charitable foundation, sponsors community-wide “Learn to Sail” programs for adult novices just entering sailing and community based youth sailing programs. Our Introduction to Sailing, youth Summer Camp and year round Youth Sailing are four such programs.

To communicate with a representative or to inquire about the benefits of club membership, click here .

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