It’s Wednesday afternoon and kids from Wolfe St. Academy and Bay Brook Elementary and Middle School are bounding off busses, hurrying into their life jackets. Why? They can’t wait to get on the water.
For the last two years, Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) has partnered with each of the schools to offer after school sailing opportunities for students. As part of DSC’s after school STEM initiative, students receive education and sailing instruction from trained sailors. It’s about more than just providing time on the water for students — it’s about providing a holistic, healthy environment. At Bay Brook, DSC offers students homework help, enrichment, and even dinner.
Why? DSC want Baltimore kids to know that sailing really is for everyone.
Tucked behind the Baltimore Museum of Industry, you might miss the Center if you didn’t know it was there. But glance out on the water on a weekday afternoon or evening and you’re bound to see DSC sails.
As a community sailing center, DSC strives to offer a variety of programming for everyone in Baltimore. Adults can participate in education classes, recreational sailing open sails, or Thursday Night Racing. Kids take part in their summer camps, Sailing Instructor Certification, and after school programs. They even offer adaptive sailing opportunities and group outings for persons with disabilities.
As you might imagine, summertime is prime time for DSC. Their summer camps maintain a 5:1 camper/instructor ratio (or better!) so that children have the benefit of small group instruction out on the water. Why are groups so small? There isn’t a better way to learn than through experience and smaller groups means more hands-on learning. Campers hone their skills and participate in activities like Fort Run, a weekly race to Ft. McHenry, accompanied by power boat support. Another camp activity favorite? “BOP Day.” Typically held on Wednesdays, sailors take a trip over to Historic Fells Point to enjoy classic “Brick Oven Pizza” and chill on the Bond Street Park lawn.
Baltimore City high school students that are serious about sailing can participate in the Sailing Instructor Training (S.I.T.) program, DSC’s workforce development and college prep program, which is run in partnership with Baltimore City’s YouthWorks. Trainees learn sailing, leadership, and coaching skills in addition receiving financial literacy and getting paid. They study with a professional SAT preparatory instructor, improve their teamwork through team building events, and culminate their experience with a capstone overnight sailing adventure.
Want to give sailing a try? You can book a “Taste of Sailing” experience for the whole family! The three-hour course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. Kids of all ages are welcome on the water but if your child weighs less than 50 pounds, you must provide your own life jacket.
SUMMER PASSPORT HOLDER DEAL
Are you participating in our 2018 Summer Passport program? Downtown Sailing Center is offering a whole family “Taste of Sailing” class for just $200! (Save $100!) Don’t have a Passport yet? Buy one here. All of the deals and Play Date offers are good through Labor Day!
Downtown Sailing center
At The Baltimore Museum of Industry
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110
Baltimore, MD 21230
Photos by Wendy Hickok, Wendy Hickok Photography.