Summer Camps


2022 Summer Camp Registration is Open!

We have 9 weeks of summer day camps for kids—all of them on boats. Kids can experience maritime life in many ways, from dinghy sailboats and rowboats to marine life. Summer camps are divided into three programs: Little Scuppers, for 5 to 7 year-olds, Messing About in Boats, for 7 to 10 year-olds, and Learn to Sail for 8 to 16 year-olds. Scroll down to learn more!


For questions about registering for camps, please call 360.385.3628 x1 or email registrar@nwmaritime.org.

Scholarships are available thanks to the generous support of Wilder Auto. You can submit a scholarship application during the registration process. NWMC members enjoy 10% discount on sailing classes.

All in-person classes will be conducted in accordance with Jefferson County and WA State Public Health guidance in place at the time.

Messing About in Boats

Junior Mariners Full Day Camp (7-10 year-olds)

Jul 11-15, Aug 8-12  |  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  |  $400

Experience the sea in this one-of-a-kind summer camp! Jr. Mariners offers a multitude of ways for kids ages 7–10 to experience maritime life this summer in a fun, hands-on way. From our home in Point Hudson, kids enter the maritime world by meeting real sailors and shipwrights in their element, heading out to sea in rowboats, powerboats and sailboats, and learning about the ocean, the beach, and all who share this wonderful place. It’s not your typical summer camp! Our staff are skilled mariners who love to have fun and share their passion for messing about in boats. All instructors are trained in CPR & FA. Class minimum is 4 and maximum is 10.

Junior Discoverers Full Day Camp (7-10 year-olds)

Jul 25-29 |  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  |  $400

Experience the sea in this one-of-a-kind summer camp! Jr. Discoverers offers a multitude of ways for kids ages 7–10 to experience maritime life this summer in a fun, hands-on way. From our home in Point Hudson, kids enter the maritime world by exploring the beach, heading out to sea in rowboats, powerboats and sailboats, and learning about the creatures live in and around the sea—they even get to spend one day at the Marine Science Center. It’s not your typical summer camp! Our staff are skilled mariners who love to have fun and share their passion for messing about in boats. All instructors are trained in CPR & FA. Class minimum is 4 and maximum is 10.

Junior Pirates Full Day Camp (7-10 year-olds)

Aug 22-26 |  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  |  $400

Experience the sea in this one-of-a-kind summer camp! Jr. Pirates is a popular end to our summer season for kids ages 7–10 —complete with costumes, lessons about famous pirates, and a good old-fashioned treasure hunt! All while sailing, rowing and exploring our local waters and beaches. Our staff are skilled mariners who love to have fun and share their passion for messing about in boats. All instructors are trained in CPR & FA. Class minimum is 4 and maximum is 10.

Lil Scuppers Half Day Camps (5-7 year-olds)

Jul 5-8, Jul 18-22, Aug 1–5, Aug 15-19
Morning Session: 9 AM – 12 PM
OR Afternoon Session: 1–4 PM
$175 ($140 for the 4 day week of July 5-8)

Lil Scuppers is our maritime summer camp for the youngest campers, ages 5–7. Kids start with a welcome circle, reading or singing. Afterward, they get out on the boats (weather dependant, of course)! They might row, sail, or drive a power boat. It’s a joy to see a six-year-old’s face light up when they realize they are the one steering the boat! Campers also explore the beaches and enjoy scavenger hunts. There is so much fun packed into this 3-hour camp! Curious where the name, “Lil Scuppers,” comes from? Well, when water comes on board a deck, it runs out the scuppers. Much like the water, the experiences flow through the kids and out the scuppers, leaving them doused with fun experiences exposing them to life in the maritime world.


Learn to Sail

A year-round windy bay, skilled sailing instructors, and a beautiful waterfront location on the Northwest Maritime Center dock combine to make our sailing lessons for youth some of the best in the region.

Since the early 1990s, our sailing instructors have taught hundreds of people to sail on Port Townsend Bay. In 2006, NWMC and Jefferson County YMCA expanded the fleet to offer new Optimist Dinghies, the most popular learning dinghy in the world. Recently the NWMC has added FJs to the fleet—which are two-person planning hull dinghies. These boats are safe, fast, and fun! In diverse and challenging waters, our excellent instructors teach competent sailing for all conditions. This is the perfect place to introduce your child to sailing or take their skills to the next level. And for the advanced sailors, we have just added 420s to our High School Sailing Team fleet. Our sailing classes are ideal for teaching young sailors the skills of boat handling and racing.

Beginner Sailing (8-16 year-olds)

9 AM–12 PM  |  Jul 5-8, Jul 11-15, Jul 18-22, Jul 25-29, Aug 8-12, Aug 15-19, Aug 22-26
$250 ($200 for the 4 day week of July 5-8)

Beginner Sailing is our fun introduction to basic sailing skills. On “capsize day” kids learn in a controlled setting that they are capable of capsizing their boat and getting it upright again. By the end of the class, students should also be able to identify boat parts, rig and de-rig their boat, feel comfortable steering, and demonstrate wind awareness and points of sail. Depending upon the comfort level and size of the student, they will be sailing in either Optis or FJs. Class minimum is 4 and maximum is 10. These are popular classes so we ask that you sign your child up for a maximum of 3 Learn-to-Sail classes this summer.

Girls’ Beginner Sailing (8-16 year-olds)

9 AM–12 PM | Aug 1-5 | $250

A girls’ sailing class! Beginner Sailing is our fun introduction to basic sailing skills. On “capsize day” kids learn in a controlled setting that they are capable of capsizing their boat and getting it upright again. By the end of the class, students should also be able to identify boat parts, rig and de-rig their boat, feel comfortable steering, and demonstrate wind awareness and points of sail. Depending upon the comfort level and size of the student, they will be sailing in either Optis or Vanguards. Class minimum is 4 and maximum is 10. These are popular classes so we ask that you sign your child up for a maximum of 3 Learn-to-Sail classes this summer. Women and Girls’ programs at Northwest Maritime Center welcome those who identify as women and girls regardless of assignment at birth. These programs also welcome people who identify as non-binary or gender nonconforming and want to be in a female-centered environment.

Intermediate Sailing Half Day (10-16 year-olds)

9-12 PM  | Jul 5-8, Jul 11-15, Jul 18-22, Jul 25-29, Aug 8-12, Aug 15-19 |  $250 ($200 for the 4 day week of July 5-8)

Intermediate Sailing is for students who have taken our Beginner Sailing class and have been recommended for Intermediate Sailing. Students in this class must feel comfortable with skills such as: sailing alone, managing tiller hand exchanges, and capsizing. Students can perfect their skills on boats that are forgiving with instructors standing by in chase boats. If you do not know if your child is ready for Intermediate Sailing, please call and ask our registrar at 360.385.3628 x117. Students will sail in Optis, FJs, and 420s, determined by the instructor. Class minimum is 4 and maximum is 12. These are popular classes so we ask that you sign your child up for a maximum of 3 Learn-to-Sail classes this summer.

NEW! Intermediate Sailing Full Day (10–16 year-olds)

9-4 PM  |  Aug 1-5  |  $475

New for 2022! This is a fun, immersive, full-day Intermediate Sailing Class for those students who really love sailing! Students should already be able to capsize, sail an Opti alone, tack, and jibe. With instructors and safety boats standing by, students will get to experience twice the fun and twice the instruction while sailing farther. Bring your lunch, drinks, and snacks. Students will sail in Optis, FJs and 420s, determined by the instructor. Class minimum is 6 and maximum is 12. These are popular classes so we ask that you sign your child up for a maximum of 3 Learn-to-Sail classes this summer. This class is an excellent follow up to the 1/2 day Intermediate class; it should not be the student’s first class at this level. This class runs from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Advanced Sailing Half Day (10-16 year-olds)

1–4 PM  |   Jul 18-22, Jul 25-29, Aug 8-12 |  $250 ($200 for the 4 day week of July 5-8)

Advanced Sailing is for students who have taken our Beginner & Intermediate Sailing classes and were recommended for Advanced Sailing. Students in this class must be able to do all the skills of the Beginner and Intermediate Sailing classes. Students will explore advanced sailing such as bouy racing, Port Townsend Bay distance sailing, and other advanced technical sailing skills. Class minimum is 4 and maximum is 12. These are popular classes so we ask that you sign your child up for a maximum of 3 Learn-to-Sail classes this summer.

NEW! Advanced Sailing Full Day (10–16 year-olds)

9 AM–4 PM  |  Aug 22-26 |  $475

New for 2022! This is a fun, intensive, full-day Advanced Sailing Class for those students who really love sailing! Students will do more racing and distance sailing while exploring Port Townsend Bay and lunching on the beach in places such as Fort Worden and Rat Island. With instructors and safety boats standing by, students will get to experience twice the fun and twice the instruction while sailing farther. Bring your lunch, drinks, and snacks. Class minimum is 6 and maximum is 12. These are popular classes so we ask that you sign your child up for a maximum of 3 Learn-to-Sail classes this summer. This class runs from 9 AM to 4 PM.



Learn to Sail Instructors

Alyce Flanagan
Alyce Flanagan grew up on her family’s 82-ft schooner on which she sailed all over the globe. She has been teaching sailing in some form or another since she learned to talk. She has a USCG Captain’s license, has worked on a variety of tall ships and sail trailing vessels, and is currently the coach for the Port Townsend High School Sailing Team. In addition to that, she has extensive dinghy racing experience and has competed in both high school and collegiate racing. Since graduating she has kept her feet wet racing 505’s with her father. She is excited to share her passion for sailing this summer.

Erik Brown
Erik Brown started sailing on Optis in Connecticut when he was 6 years old and has never looked back. He has a USCG Captain’s license as well as a US Sailing Instructor Certification. Erik has experience in all types of sailing craft from dinghies to schooners, and his most recent passion is sailing his hydro foiling windsurfer. He has worked as a sailing instructor on and off for the past 13 years and looks forward to spending another summer on the water.


Youth Program Scholarships

NWMC is proud to offer scholarships to those facing financial barriers, youth service organizations, schools and underserved youth, so everyone can have the opportunity to learn with us, regardless of financial circumstances.

Scholarships are supported in part by the generous support of Wilder Auto. To apply for a scholarship for youth or adult programs, please complete our scholarship application form during the registration process.

If you are in a position to pay more than the suggested price for a youth program, additional funds will contribute directly to making youth programs more widely accessible. Please contact our registrar directly at registrar@nwmaritime.org or 360.385.3628 x1.