Opti Basics

For beginning and novice sailors, this class offers the ideal platform for children to become comfortable with the sport of sailing as they learn to skipper their own boat! Each sailor may enroll in multiple sessions until they are ready for Opti Prep.

Prerequisite: Swim Check & Capsize Drill* 

Skill level: Beginner 

Boat type: This class is taught in 8-foot Optimist dinghies with instructors alongside in powerboats.

Recommended sailor weight range: 50-110 lbs

What's next?: Enroll in multiple sessions of Opti Basics until ready for Opti Intermediate. Spring, Summer and Fall sessions available. *Sailors must demonstrate comfort swimming in Oyster Bay without a lifejacket. Instructors will train students how to recover from a capsize (when the boat tips over). Swim checks and capsize drills are performed on the first day of the program alongside WFC docks.

Access to the water is always within reach. Download the Application at:
TheWaterFrontCenter.org/Scholarships

Frequently Asked Questions & Cancellation Policy:
TheWaterFrontCenter.org/FAQ
  • Schedule:
    SPRING: (Mondays or Saturdays) 
    May 6 - June 22

    SUMMER: (Two-week sessions) 

    Session 1: June 24 - July 5 (program on July 4th)
    Session 2: July 8 - July 19;  
    Session 3: July 22 - August 2;
    Session 4: August 5 - August 16 

    FALL: (Mondays or Saturdays)  September 7 - October 14
  • Day & Time:
    SPRING & FALL (Mondays or Saturdays)  
    Monday: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM OR 
    Saturday: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    SUMMER
    (Monday - Friday)  
    Half Day, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Ages: Grades 4 - 8
  • Fee: $650

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