Download our  TISC Junior Program Manual 2021.  All the information you need prior to joining us on the first day of camp. All parent/guardians should review expectations and behavior policies with their sailors.

Already familiar with our programs?  View current classes and register by clicking the Sign Up button below.

 Summer Camps

The Treasure Island Sailing Center’s Summer Camp runs June through August each year. Summer Camp is open to all children ages 6-18. Camps are grouped based on age and skill, no prior sailing or swimming experience is required.

Helmets are now required for ALL Dinghy Sailors; see Junior Program Manual for more information. 

Newcomers choose from 1-week Explore Sailing or 2-week Beginner Classes 

  • No previous swimming or sailing experience required 
  • Swim checks performed first day of programming
  • Camps run in 1-week & 2-week sessions
  • Monday through Friday 9 am – 4 pm; Extended Care Offered 8 am – 5 pm
  • Novice to Advanced classes offered including Racing 
  • Children are greeted by our Program Manager and Sailing Instructors upon arrival

Please visit our TISC Junior Program Manual 2020 for more information and details on our programs. 

Youth and summer camp classes are open for enrolment! Classes fill up fast so register soon!


While having fun is a top priority, safety is our primary goal. If conditions are deemed too extreme for safe sailing, children will engage in fun and educational activities. Activities will take place either on site or up near the beach located  on the western side of Clipper Cove (safe protected waters and a small protected strip of sand). Activities include, sailing (close to the beach) kayaking, and paddle-boarding.


Clipper Cove provides an ideal sailing environment for both beginners and more advanced students. The cove is a protected area in the San Francisco Bay tucked safely between Yerba Buena and Treasure Island. During the summer consistent steady westerly wind is funneled through the cove providing ideal sailing conditions. On days when wind speeds are a little much for the younger children, Clipper Cove’s small protected beach provides the perfect location for retreat.

Exceptional Staff

Our US Sailing certified instructors take pride in providing excellent instruction and guidance to every child here at TISC. Each morning two staff members meet parents on the deck and chaperone the children to the changing area. From there children are split into their sailing groups until it’s time for lunch.

Summer Camp Schedule

Sailing classes take place in Clipper Cove between 9:00am – 12pm and 12:45pm – 4pm. Supervised lunch break is between 12 – 12:45 pm. Sailors are off the water no later than 3:30 pm in order to stow equipment, change, grab an afternoon snack, and be ready for pickup at 4pm.

Extended Care is offered for those needing a late pick-up between 4 pm – 5 pm. Register ahead or the day of.

On any given day, the average number of staff at TISC is 12-15 people, including the Executive Director, Program Manager, Program Coordinator, Fleet Manager, and Sailing Instructors. The number of youth at any given time can be as low as 30 or as high as 100.

Helmets Now Required

New for 2020 Helmets are now required: Head injuries in our sport are on the rise and the decision has been made to institute helmets into our Junior Sailing Program to prevent major head injuries and minor concussions. As youth are learning to sail they are prone to bumps and bruises, but getting hit by the boom can not only cause a severe injury it can easily turn them off sailing. We piloted helmets in our Fall sailing program and saw a significant decrease in tears and head injuries. TISC will provide helmets to all youth sailors to use during their course. TISC will ensure helmets remain sanitary by cleaning helmets between uses. Should you prefer, TISC will offer helmets for sale at reasonable prices. Click here to view the helmets used in our program. If you have any questions regarding helmet usage, please don’t hesitate to ask.
TISC provides Students Need To Bring
Wetsuits Closed-toe shoes
Spray-gear Swimsuit
Life-jackets Hat & Sunscreen
Water (from dispenser) Towel
Refillable water bottle Packed lunch & snacks


In addition to teaching children to sail in a fun, engaging, and safe way, we strive to instill character-building aspects in the students both on the level of personal growth and from the viewpoint of environmental stewardship. In all our classes and activities we encourage goal setting, communication, decision-making and leadership; we also nurture the student’s awareness of nature and the San Francisco Bay, thus fostering environmental stewardship.

Water Bottles

We do not provide plastic water bottles or plastic cups in an effort to minimize our environmental impact. We do have a water dispenser and students are encouraged to keep well hydrated throughout the day – TISC instructors take particular care in making sure the kids keep well hydrated. To this end, children are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and to refill them regularly.

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Race team had a great day sailing around the cove today!

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Mission of the Treasure Island Sailing Center

We create opportunities for people to learn and grow through sailing by providing facilities, sailing instruction, and access to the water for people of all socio-economic backgrounds, abilities and skill levels from novice to Olympian.

Our Vision

  • To provide San Francisco with a first rate community sailing center that provides universal access to and lifelong connections with the Bay.
  • To serve ALL children in our community and to teach them more than sailing.

The Treasure Island Sailing Center is a 501c3 (EIN: 31-1625735) non-profit community sailing organization

698 California Ave Building 112
San Francisco, CA 94130