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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is membership at the White Bear Yacht Club required to register for sailing classes?
A: No. The White Bear Sailing School is its own non-profit organization, which is independent of the Yacht Club. The sailing school is located on the Yacht Club property. 

Q: What should my sailor bring to sailing class? 
A: All sailors need to bring a lifejacket, sunscreen, towel, and change of clothes. Shoes must be closed-backed (no flip-flops). 

Q: What class should my child take? 
A: Young people ages 5-11 with no sailing experience should start in our Opti camp or classes. Kids ages 12-17 with no experience should take 420 camp or classes. Your child's instructor will then help you determine the next best opportunity for your child. 

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: Parent volunteers are always needed! Please reach out to our instructors, race coaches, or waterfront director to ask questions or get involved. We are here to help and would love to partner with you! 

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 AM-5 PM, Monday through Thursday during the summer.