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WWU Lakewood Junior Sailing Camp

Enjoy your summer in an outdoor classroom on beautiful Lake Whatcom.  Since 1981, WWU Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp has helped young sailors and windsurfers master skills in a natural environment that few activities can match.

Participants must be 11 years or older, more than 100 pounds in weight, and know how to swim; a short swimming test will be taken on the first day.

Sailing instructors have completed U.S. Sailing Certification and CPR/First Aid.

Youth program participants and staff must abide by all University regulations and program rules

At a Glance

Grade 6 – 12

Monday - Friday, June 24 - August 23, 2019

10:00a.m.-1:00p.m. for Sailing and Windsurfing

2:00p.m.-5:00p.m. for some Intermediate Sailing

Lakewood Water Sport Facility on Lake Whatcom
See location details



Beginning Sailing

No previous sailing experience is necessary to participate in beginning sailing courses. Participants will learn:

Course Objectives

  • Wind Awareness
  • Tacking and gybing
  • Capsizing and “person overboard” recovery
  • Docking
  • How sails work
  • Safety and weather
  • Knot tying
  • Boat care
Intermediate Sailing

Beginning sailing or previous experience is required to participate in intermediate sailing courses.  Participants will refine their basic sailing skills and learn:

  • Boat handling (efficient sail trim and adjusting sail shapes)
  • Single handling of the Alpha
  • Applying skills to other boats (Lasers, Hobie-class catamarans, keel boats with spinnakers)
Beginning Windsurfing

Participants will practice windsurfing skills on a dry land simulator and then on the water with a stable board and sail combination.  Principal skills taught include:

  • Wind awareness and appropriate board and sail selection
  • Tacking and gybing
  • Self-rescue
  • Speed and efficiency

Students are asked to bring:

  • A rain jacket
  • A healthy snack
  • A water bottle
  • A curious mind
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Maximum enrollment is 16 participants per session for sailing and 8 for windsurfing. Supervision is not provided for participants that arrive before the daily start time and/or after the end time.

Beginning Sailing (B) 
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Friday

Section (Click to Register) Date


June 24 - June 28


July 1 - July 5


July 8 - July 12


July 22 - July 26


July 29 - August 2


August 5 - August 9


August 12 - August 16


August 19 - August 23

Windsurfing (W) 
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Friday

Section (Click to Register) Date


June 24 - June 28


July 1 - July 5


July 8 - July 12


July 15 - July 19


July 22 - July 26


July 29 - August 2


August 5 - August 9


August 19 - August 23

Intermediate Sailing (I)
Times vary, Monday through Friday

Section Date


July 15 - July 19,   10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


August 5 - August 9,   2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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Location Details

Lakewood Watersports Facility
2410 Lake Whatcom Boulevard, Bellingham

  • If coming from I-5 South, take Exit 253, and turn right onto King St, then take a left onto Lakeway Drive
  • If coming from I-5 North, take Exit 253, and turn left onto Lakeway Drive and continue on Lakeway Drive for about 3 miles
  • Continue onto Terrace Ave N
  • Continue onto Cable St
  • Continue onto Lake Whatcom Blvd for about 3 miles.
  • Look for the “Lakewood” sign on the left side of road. Free parking is available in the main lot
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Cost Details

$150 Per Week
Cost is per person, per week and includes instruction, materials, and specialized equipment. Participants can register for as many sessions as desired.

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Cancellation Policy

All courses are subject to enrollment. A full refund is granted if a program or camp is canceled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure, or expulsion for disciplinary matters. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to 7 days prior to the first day of the session. A refund will be granted for cancellations made 7 days prior less a $50.00 handling charge.

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A limited number of scholarships are available. For scholarship information contact Jeff Davis at (360) 650-2900 or

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