Youth Programs

Youth Programs at Treasure Island Sailing Center are separated into two groups: the Progression Program and our Sailing Experiences.


Progression and Leadership Programs

TISC’s Progression Program is our flagship instructional program that develops sailing skills in a fun, safe and approachable environment, for sailors 6-17 years old.

Through the lens of sailing small boats independently, sailors will learn important life skills like communication and goal setting, and practice our values of Growth, Resilience, Integrity and Teamwork (GRIT).  

Using nationally standardized, age-appropriate curricula and variety of fun boats and teaching tools, participants gain valuable skills on the water that last a lifetime and prepare them for sailing anywhere.

Leadership Programs at TISC expose teen sailors to special aspects of our sport and challenge students to step outside their comfort zone.  Participants choose from 3 tracks to explore different facets of our sport:

  • Learn Keelboats – Junior Big Boat class brings sailors onto our J/24s to learn the differences between dinghies and these larger and heavier boats
  • Learn to Race – Sailors learn the basics of dinghy racing in our Intro to Racing class, and practice skills for competition
  • Learn to Teach – Learn what it takes to be a Sailing Coach in our Instructor-in-Training class and prepare to take your Instructor certification

Plus, motivated sailors who pursue the Learn to Teach track will receive training to complete the US Sailing Instructor Certification and be offered paid employment as a Sailing Coach with TISC!

Read more about individual classes in our Progression and Leadership Programs here, including skill lists and requirements to level up!

Sailing Experiences

Our Sailing Experiences are a way for kids to try out sailing with a focus on exposure and fun rather than skill development. Youths, especially young ones, benefit when they can explore freely without being graded, evaluated, or measured.


Programs like Science and Sailing allow budding explorers to take to the Bay on our sailboats for their experiments in Clipper Cove. 

Explore Sailing shows sailors the basics of sailing in Clipper Cove on various boats, plus participants get to use our paddleboards and kayaks for group adventures.

Read more about Sailing Experiences for individual participants here.


TISC hosts Youth Groups like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Beacon Centers, Up On Top, FacesSF, and Boys and Girls Scouts for Group Sailing Adventures (even Birthday Parties!) and a week-long taste of our Summer Camp experience. Read more about Sailing for Youth Groups here.

Plus, TISC partners with the San Francisco Unified School District to host field trips for 4th graders to learn about sailing and the Bay. Read more about Set, Sail, Learn and our SFUSD partnership here.