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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is membership at the yacht club required to register for sailing classes?
A: No.  The White Bear Sailing School is  independent from the yacht club.  

Q: What should my sailor bring to sailing class? 
A: A lifejacket, bathing suit, closed-toe shoes that can get wet, water bottle, towel, sunscreen, and a change of clothes. 

Q: What class should my child take? 
A: Kids ages 6-11 with no sailing experience should start in our Opti Beginner classes. Kids ages 11-17 with no experience should take 420 Beginner. Your child's instructor will then tell you the best next class for your child to take. 

Q: What happens if my child has to retake a class? 
A: Retaking classes is extremely common. Many kids take beginner or intermediate classes more than once in order to master the skills necessary to move on. Sailing takes patience and time so retaking  classes is helpful to becoming proficient. 

Q: How can I as a parent help my sailor? 
A: The best thing you can do to help your child outside of class is to ask them what they are learning, communicate with your child's instructors, and ask questions if you are unsure. Our staff are enthusiastic about teaching sailing knowledge to people of all ages! 

Q: How can I become more involved in the sailing school? 
A: Parents can attend sailing school board meetings every month as an observer. The meetings are the second Monday of every month; the schedule can be found on the online calendar.

Parent volunteers are always needed for a variety of tasks when our high school teams host regattas at our sailing school;  parents will be contacted as the events approach.

Please do not hesitate to ask our instructors, race coaches, or Waterfront Director any questions. We are all here to help! 

You can contact us by email at, by phone at 651-429-8395, or by stopping into the sailing school office between the hours of 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday.