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First Day of Spinnaker Lessons!

All Skill Levels Welcome!

Welcome to the Downtown Sailing Center Summer Camp!

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The Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) is a unique sailing school for youth ages 8-16 that teaches the joys of navigating open waters aboard our keelboats in the historic port of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. For every four campers on a boat there is one designated staff member to instruct them personally. We focus on making sure that every program participant gets as much direct instruction as possible from our US Sailing certified staff!

We tailor your child's sailing experience to their skill level!

The DSC offers two levels of programming: Beginner and Intermediate. Our programming can accommodate any level of experience, from having never stepped onto a dock before to honing your racing skills.

BEGINNER: (Ages 8-16), 1 Week Program

Beginner programming is perfect for anyone wanting to check out sailing for the first time, or for returning campers that want to make sure their fundamental techniques are perfected before moving on. A beginner boat has 4 campers and one instructor on each boat. Beginner programming focuses on wind awareness, parts of the boat, essential knot tying, points of sail, tacking, jibing, basic sail trim, basic skippering, and sailing a basic windward-leeward course. The goal of the beginner programming is to make everyone a comfortable crewmember on the boats, while beginning to showcase some of the skills required to be a skipper.

INTERMEDIATE: (Ages 10-16), 2 Week Program

Intermediate programming bridges the divide from crewmember to skipper in a two week course focused around getting campers prepared to sail a J22 unassisted. In the first week, all intermediate boats will sail with an instructor onboard. During the first week the focus is a closer look at sail trim and crew work, how to use a spinnaker, and skipper essentials such as departing/returning to the dock and Person-In-Water recovery drills. During the second week, campers will put together all of these skills to sail a boat without an instructor directly onboard. From a short distance off coaches will be instructing from a powerboat as they continue to focus on developing intermediate level skills such as spinnaker sets/douses, the basics of racing, sailing backwards, and steering without a rudder. 

Summer 2024 Dates and Rates:

Registration is Live!

Beginner Sessions:(One Week, $500/Week)

              2024 Dates          
Session 1AJune 17-21
Session 1BJune 24-28
Session 2AJuly 1-5
Session 2BJuly 8-12
Session 3AJuly 15-19
Session 3BJuly 22-26
Session 4A

July 29 - August 2

Session 4BAugust 5-9
Session 5AAugust 12-16
Session 5BAugust 19-23

 Intermediate Sessions: (Two Weeks, $550/Week)           Dates:            
Session 1 June 17-28
Session 2 July 1-12
Session 3 July 15-26
Session 4 July 29 - August 9
Session 5August 12-23

These forms are required for each week of camp in which your child is registered before they can participate:

All documents must be submitted at the start of your child's camp week (Monday morning). You may also scan and email these documents to

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More Camp Info

Our Summer Camp is focused on fun, safety, and experiential learning. As an institution the DSC strives to be a place where sailing is made available to all. We are dedicated community members to the Greater Baltimore area, and are proud stewards of our Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

For more information, please see our FAQ page.

Fostering friendship!

Another perfect and windy day at Camp!

If financial assistance is needed, The DSC offers a scholarship. More information is in the Camp FAQ tab.


The Downtown Sailing Center

Est 1994
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-0722 •