CUSTOM GROUP OFFERINGS
Interested in building a custom course for your child or group? HRCS will work with you to design a program that meets your needs. Courses are available for all skill-levels. No prior sailing experience required. To start planning, please fill out the form below.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Using applied science and math, students enhance their STEM skills through sailing. Most lessons include land-based instruction and an on-water component that gets kids on the Hudson River. In this course students may:
- Build an anemometer and measure wind speed
- Learn to navigate the river using charts
- Measure water quality in the Hudson
- Monitor oyster growth
- Catch critters and observe them
- Learn how to "read" the clouds and predict the weather
- Design and build a simple boat and test its buoyancy, stability, and speed.
Learn the Basics
In this introduction to sailing, students learn the basics of operating a 24-foot keelboat as part of a team with an instructor on board. Starting with safety, students develop the ability to steer the boat, control the sails, rig the boat, and tie basic knots.
Students will navigate the Hudson River as part of a 5-student crew on a 24-foot sailboat led by a certified sailing instructor. While on the water, students will rotate through 5 different roles and a variety of maneuvers/activities. The day will culminate with a game or race to challenge their ability to communicate and work as a team.