Memorial Day marks the traditional – if not scientific – beginning of summer. And with the summer, people cool off by jumping in the water.
And if you’re looking for special water-based programs, Long Beach has you covered.
Long Beach offers a variety of programs that teach swimming, sailing, or a combination of water sports. Most are offered in day camp form at city facilities, local yacht clubs and scout bases.
The programs are affordable and many offer camperships. For more information on any of the options listed below, visit each organization’s website for updates.
Aqualand Bay Camp is a week long fun introduction to Aquarius skills in Alamitos Bay. It also offers a surf camp at Seal Beach.
Activities include swimming, running, paddling, stand up paddling, canoeing, kayaking, Olympic handball, dodgeball, crafts, surfing and boogie boarding.
The camps run from June 20th to August 26th and cost about $140 per session. There are weekly rates with discounts for multiple weeks. The morning sessions are for 6-15 year olds and last from 8:30am to 11:00am; Afternoon sessions for the 6 to 9 are from 11am to 1:30pm
“When you see a pack of kids serenading passers-by, that’s Aqualand paddling through Naples,” said Aqualand’s Matty Mitchell. “We love meeting new kids and nurturing a respect and appreciation for the water, preparing them for junior guards, surf camps and a life of fun and fitness at the beach.”
Details: aqualandofthefree.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leeway Sailing and Watersports Centre
Founded in 1929, the Leeway Sailing and Aquatics Center is recognized as one of the premier community sailing school programs in the country.
The center’s mission is to provide a fun and safe water experience and to teach good sportsmanship and water safety. In addition to high-quality sailing lessons, kayaking and canoeing are also taught. It offers beginner and advanced sabot courses for children from 8 years old, including adults.
“We have weekend classes right now and our summer programs begin June 20,” Aquatics Superintendent Ted Stevens said in an email.
He also reported that the center received a $39,000 grant from the state Department of Boating and Waterways last year and has invested in some new boats that have been ordered and should be arriving soon.
“I’m excited when people we’ve taught to sail become sailors, own their own boats, and keep them in the marina,” said Max Jolly, Leeway’s recreational assistant.
The teaching fleet includes beginner Naples Sabots as well as six brand new 14-foot Capri boats. Details: 562-570-1719 or (to register) the Long Beach RecConnect website.
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club
The Alamitos Bay Yacht Club summer program is open to young people aged 8 to 18 and regular registration costs $1,000 for a four week session. The club offers one-handed and two-handed classes, from beginner to advanced racer.
“Participants learn how to build their own sailboat, how to sail solo and eventually compete in a race,” Sailing Director Stephen Long wrote in an email. “They also learn how wind, weather and currents work. On calm days, there are beach activities like capture the flag and paddleboarding so the kids can socialize with their new friends. Sailors learn to sail at Alamitos Bay in ‘Sail Cubes’, a plastic version of the Optimist.”
Participants do not have to be a member of ABYC to register. Need-based grants are available through the Alamitos Bay Sailing Foundation. The program runs Monday to Friday from June 20th to August 12th (no camp on June 24th, July 4th, July 8th or July 15th).
“Cube sailors will move up to the Optimist or the Naples Sabot (both one-person boats for under-15s),” Long said. “Instructions are also offered in the Club Flying Junior (a two-person boat for youth) and the Laser (a one-person boat for youth).”
Long Beach Junior Crew
The Long Beach Junior Crew recently announced the return of their learn-to-row summer camps.
The camp will be held at the Pete Archer Rowing Center at Marine Stadium. The camps run from June 13th to August 19th with three sessions per day. Session 1 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Session 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Session 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m
Students learn basic boat handling, water safety, rowing techniques and sportsmanship through practice and competition. The program promotes personal responsibility, commitment, fitness and endurance.
LBJC encourages children ages 11 and older to register by completing the registration packet at longbeachjuniorcrew.org and emailing email@example.com.
Long Beach Sea Scout Base Aquatic Center
Long Beach Sea Scout Base Aquatic Center on the Appian Way, celebrating its 22nd anniversary, will be offering day camp for eight consecutive weeks beginning Monday, June 27th. The camp is open to all youth between the ages of 7 and 17. All programs are offered for boys and girls.
The center offers instruction in nearly 40 different badges of merit and activities, including beginner and intermediate sailing, water skiing and wakeboarding, lifesaving, kayaking, stand up paddling, deep sea fishing, fly fishing and more. The camp runs Monday through Friday, with half-day and full-day formats available.
Girl Scouts Navy Landing
Girl Scouts Marine Landing, also on the Appian Way, has a day camp that includes kayaking, canoeing, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, beach games and marine life viewing. The camp is open to all girls in grades K-8. Camp staff are all lifeguard, first aid and CPR certified. The camp runs from June 13th to August 12th.
You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to enroll in these summer camps at Marine Landing.