Let's face it: Across much of our nation and in Baltimore City, only a small proportion of the population has traditionally had the opportunity to access the water; and even fewer have had the opportunity or access to sailing lessons. Access to our waterways and to watersports is not equal access.
The Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) is committed to providing opportunities to sail for everyone regardless of race, disability, or economic status because we believe that sailing can change lives. We also believe that lives can change sailing. The DSC’s targeted outreach programs strive to break down all barriers to participation. In 2014, more than 1,500 Baltimore City residents of all ages and abilities went sailing through our outreach programs.
Sailing is a powerful way to teach the life lessons of teamwork, self-confidence, discipline and leadership to young people. Since 1997, thousands of Baltimore City youth have gone sailing at the DSC through such partners as the SuperKids Camp, Ingenuity Project, Paul's Place and many more!
Groups can go out for a few hours of “fun sailing” on a single day or come for a week of half-day sailing adventures focusing on teamwork, communication and sailing skills. Sailing broadens horizons, stimulates the mind, and engages young people actively with learning and their environment. Through the classroom of the sailboat, students work together to overcome obstacles, plan and execute maneuvers, develop self-discipline and strengthen self-esteem as they explore Baltimore's rich historical waterfront.
These opportunities are possible due to our partnerships with organizations that serve people with disabilities, as well as other groups, such as churches, synagogues, community centers and youth groups. Day trips, week-long lessons and summer-long programs are available for community groups and organizations, and we love to connect Baltimore citizens to the wonders inside their very own community!
Contact Lynn Handy at 410.727.0722 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about a community outreach program for your group.