Setting Sights and Sails On Nashville Sail Camp

All aboard Nashville Sail Camp! The water is shimmering, and the sun is shining. Why not harness the wind at your sails and set off into a new skill this summer? If your child is eager for a unique adventure, Nashville Sail Camp may be the perfect place for them to uncover their inner sailor! 

This camp is perfect for the inquisitive camper who has a love of water and is interested in learning something new. Whether your camper is outgoing and ready to make a splash or needs a little coaxing to come out of their shell, this camp will be the perfect social environment for them to gain confidence and bond with others through teamwork! Nashville Sail Camp is a learn-to-sail camp for children yearning for a novel experience. No matter if your child is a beginner or has sailed with us or in other waters before, they will surely learn something new and make first-rate friends. 

Spending time outside in nature and learning skills like sailing can be incredibly beneficial for a child’s development. Being in nature has been shown to reduce stress, improve cognitive function, and boost overall well-being. Sailing teaches children important skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. Additionally, the physical activity involved in sailing can help children develop coordination and strength. Overall, spending time on the water and in nature can provide children with valuable experiences and skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Nashville Sail Camp is set at Hamilton Creek Marina on the majestic Percy Priest Lake. With the wind in their sails, the horizon is the limit! 



All About Our Crew

U.S. Sailing certified instructors will coach campers and are assisted by Leadership Academy camp counselors and junior counselors. Our expansive sailing leadership team is there to ensure that campers are being looked after and have the information and confidence they need to set off on an exciting sailing journey. Just as with all of our Leadership Academy camps, at Nashville Sail Camp we fuse learning, safety and fun together to create the ultimate summer camp experience! 



Your young campers will also be able to look up to Teen Leaders that were once learning the ropes of sailing with Leadership Academy as well! It has been delightful for us at Nashville Sail Camp to grow our summer camp staff from within, hiring our long-time campers who are familiar with the lessons of Sail Camp. Sailing is a skill that can be built upon for a lifetime, and it is wonderful to see those foundations being formed as our campers return to deck season after season. Teen Leaders are role models and offer their service back to camp, and our hope is they will continue to grow within Leadership Academy, becoming certified with US Sailing and joining camp staff ranks themselves. 


Sail Camp Structure

Our sailors will be divided into groups depending on their age and skill level. This structure encourages sailors to master each skill level, developing confidence and comfort with sailing techniques before advancing to another level. Each year, we encourage and often see campers return for more aquatic adventures and to build upon what they learned in previous sessions. Each day of camp brings the promise of sailing, and all age groups will have time to cool off in the water, participate in camp crafts and games to fully enjoy the idyllic setting that Hamilton Creek Marina offers.



Sailing Levels: 

Opti 1: Sailors ages 7-8

Our youngest campers will take the helm for the first time in the Opti fleet! These small but mighty sailors will learn the basics of sailing safety and maneuvers, steering and control, capsize recovery, rigging and teamwork in pairs on board their boats. 


Opti 2: Sailors ages 9 and older

This second level is for beginner sailors ages 9 and older and Opti 1 graduates that wish to increase their skill level. Campers learn all of the basic sailing safety skills and practices from Opti 1, but also participate in more complex skills such as sailing an upwind course, gybing and single-handed sailing. 


Sunfish: Sailors 11 and up

Our Sunfish campers are seasoned sailors, and their choices of activities reflect that! Sunfish sailors will explore the water on leisure sunfish boats, one of the world’s most popular day sailing boats. They will begin their expeditions in pairs, and then are encouraged to try single-handing the boats by themselves by the end of the week. Sunfish campers will spend most of their time on the water with both morning and afternoon sailing sessions! There are also opportunities to build up racing skills for our more experienced sailors. 


Whether your child is part fish and loves water sports or has never set sail before, they are bound to get their sea legs and fall in love with sailing at Leadership Academy. With our colorful sails flying high, we are so ready to welcome them as our first mates and set off on spectacular adventures this summer! Register for Nashville Sail Camp today! 


More Information: 

Weeklong Day Camp at Hamilton Creek Marina on Percy Priest Lake: 

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


Price: $485

Ages: 7-17, Teen Leaders for ages 13-17


2023 Dates:

June 5-9, 2023

June 12-16, 2023

June 19-23, 2023

June 26-30, 2023

July 5-7, 2023 (Mini 3-Day Week)

July 10-14, 2023

July 17-21, 2023

July 24-28, 2023

July 31-August 4, 2023

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