Youth Summer Camp

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

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Summer Camp
Course Description
All instruction is offered in daily morning sessions.  Sailors will be assigned into Novice or Advanced divisions based on skills assessments by camp instructors.
Basic Instruction for Novices covers boat handling, boat safety, knot tying, terminology, self-rescue technique, team work, and sportsmanship.
Advanced Sailors, build on the basics, covering performance sailing by emphasizing boat trim, sail trim, enhanced wind awareness, and attention to competitive strategies and tactics.
Most importantly, Youth Summer Camp emphasizes fun for every young sailor!

*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 and wear”closed toe” shoes.

Youth Camp will focus on sailors from from 10 years and up. Camp will be held rain or shine and in the event of bad weather, basic skills, tactics and sailing related activities will be taught indoors.


Youth Camp 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.

2014 Youth Summer Camp Schedule

Students in these morning classes will be able to come for one week of half-day sessions to enjoy 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.

Session schedules are shown in the table below.

Month Week Hours
June  16 – 20 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
June 23 – 27 9:00 am – 1:00 pm     (Closed)
June-July 30 – 02 9:00 am – 1:00 pm     (Closed)
July 07 – 11 9:00 am – 1:00 pm     (Closed)
July 14- 18 9:00 am – 1:00 pm     (Slots available)
July 21- 25 9:00 am – 1:00 pm     (Slots available)
July – Aug 28- 01 9:00 am – 1:00 pm      (Closed)
Aug  04- 06 9:00 am – 1:00 pm      Top Gun Sailing School (By invitation only, 3 day competitive clinic)


LMSC/LMSA Youth Camp Registration

For your convenience, click on this LMSC/LMSA Youth Camp Registration link to download and print your registration form. The cost for each one week session is $150. ($90 for the July 1-3three day  day session.)  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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