Youth Sailing Classes

The TCPUD Parks & Recreation's Summer Online Registration Opening Day is scheduled for Residents* only on Wednesday, May 12th at 8am.

Non-Resident online registration opens Friday, May 14 at 8am.


*Resident rate refers to customers that live and/or own property in the Tahoe City Public Utility District service area. For more information and registration questions, please visit our Registration How-To page.


It's time to hit the open water and learn to sail across Lake Tahoe. The Youth Sailing Program is a collaboration between the Tahoe City Public Utility District, the Tahoe Community Sailing Foundation, Obexer's Boat Company, and the Tahoe Yacht Club. The program aims to develop solid sailing skills, with an emphasis on safety, fun and teamwork.


Youth Sailing Levels and Descriptions:


For students who have never taken a sailing class before and are ready to learn the skill necessary to begin sailing. students will learn about boating safety, boat recovery, knots, rigging, steering, tacking and gybing, beaching and boat care. 



Ready to take it to the next level? If you are comfortable with the things learned in the novice class then you're ready for this one. Students will start off with a review previous skills. They will then progress to knots, rigging, tacking and gybing, beaching and boat care. Docking and overboard recovery will be introduced. Students will sail with 1-2 sailors per boat.



You've come this far, why stop now! Students who are proficient in the skills previously learned will take on new and fun challenges. Steering, sail trim and boat handling are practiced and integrated into new skills such as racing, high wind tactics, and navigation. Introduction to more advanced boats include 420 FJs and Lasers.

Please Note: In order for a student to participate in the Intermediate or Advanced Sailing class, the student must have previously completed a TCPUD Novice Sailing course or is an Intermediate/Advanced sailor & proficient at single-handed sailing.

Camper to staff ratio is 8:2.
Come ready to go in the water with appropriate attire and closed-toed water shoes. Bring:
  • Towel
  • Warm Dry Clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch
  • Face Covering*
  • Water Bottle
  • It is encouraged to bring your own Wetsuit and Life Jacket, however, free weekly rentals are available upon request.

* Face Coverings: The CA Department of Public Health recently released new guidelines for face coverings. Read the new guidelines here.

As of 6/15, 2021 face masks are not required to be worn by participants at TCPUD outdoor camps and programs. In general, per CDPH, unvaccinated children and youth do not need to wear a mask outdoors, even if they cannot maintain physical distancing. However, per CDC recommendations, in areas of substantial to high transmission, people who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact (including high-risk contact sports) with other people who are not fully vaccinated. For additional CDPH Face Coverings Q&A, visit


Note: Summer programs are subject to change based on state and county COVID guidance.


Sign Up

- Waitlists available for full sessions


Ages: 8 - 17 yrs 
Days: Tuesday - Friday
Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Obexer's Marina
Fee: $228 per session for Resident

$249 per session for Non-Resident

Summer Sailing Schedule: 

Novice: Intermediate: Advanced:
June 22 - 25 June 29 - July 2 August 3 - 6
June 29 - July 2 July 27 - 30 August 17 - 20
July 13 - 16 August 10 - 13  
July 27 - 30    
August 10 - 13    


Please contact us at (530) 583-3440 or via email