Opti Kids, for young beginners age 5 to 8, consists of 4 sessions, either mornings or afternoons on Saturdays and Sundays, over two consecutive weekends: June 9-10 and June 16-17, 2012. Children will join their friends and parents in on-shore classroom sessions followed by on-water training to learn basic boat handling including:
The course also teaches on the water safety specific to sailing such as "tiller towards trouble", capsizing, and towing back to shore. Opti Kid sailors will be paired in Optis during the on-water instruction. Sailors who complete Opti Kids should have a general understanding of the basic principles of sailing and the basic skills required for success in the Beginning Opti class at Junior Week. Over the years, Opti Kids has been a gateway for hundreds of children to a lifetime of sailing enjoyment.
At least one parent (or other adult guardian) will be required to join the kids and instructors in waist-deep water for the on-water instruction. The class offers adults a great opportunity to become familiar with the Optimist dinghy and to spend fun time on and in the water with their children. Parents or guardians registering on-line will be asked to select Beginning Opti Kids or Advanced Opti Kids. Beginning Opti Kids, for first-time sailors, meets in the morning; Advanced Opti Kids, for second-year or older sailors, meets in the afternoon. FBYC will provide up to 8 boats for this program (maximum of 16 kids per class). Early registration is encouraged to reserve a space. When the maximum number is reached for each class, aspiring participants may request to be "waitlisted" for a space.
For additional information, contact Mark Hayes: (336) 333-2900 firstname.lastname@example.org