What should be brought by students to class?

Quick Guide-what to bring to sailing:

  1. Weather appropriate clothing, the lakefront is usually cooler and the water can be cold
  2. Clothes that can get wet/bathing suit
  3. A change of clothes when first ones get wet
  4. Towel
  5. Water/sailing appropriate closed toe shoes
  6. Sunscreen
  7. Hat/sunglasses
  8. Snack/water bottle
  9. A type III life jacket will be furnished, however, if you wish to bring your own, it needs to be approved by the staff
  10. A spirit ready to have some fun!

Can I miss classes?

Yes. The concepts will be reviewed throughout the class, but valuable boat time may be lost.

Do I have to be a member of the Saint Joseph River Yacht Club to take classes at the SJJF?

No. Everyone above the age of eight is welcome to sign up.

Does the Sailing School rent boats?

No. The sail boats are not for rent to the public or members.

Where is the Sailing School?

SJJF is located next to the St. Joseph River Yacht Club and the West Basin Marina. See the “Contact Us” page for a map.

The St. Joseph location is:

  • 7 Lighthouse Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085

The Paw Paw Lake location is:

  • Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club, 5097 Shoreview Drive, Coloma, MI 49038

How soon should I register?

As soon as possible. Class size is limited by the number of boats.

Is there a waiting list?

Yes. Some classes do fill up and a wait list is maintained. Sign up early to get the class you desire.

Can my child attend just part of a session?

It is strongly recommended to participate in the entire session so no important information is missed. A new topic is taught in every class and each lesson is very important to understanding the fundamentals of sailing.

Prorating of classes is not allowed.

If I have to drop the class, what happens?

A full refund (less a $10 administration fee) if registration is cancelled 7 days prior to the start of class.

50% refund if registration is cancelled within 7 days of the start of class.

No refund after the start of the class.


Does my child need to know how to swim?

Yes, children need to know how to swim! There will be a swim test the first day of class for children. Our boats are designed to tip over, and often do! It is important to be comfortable in the water.

What gear does my child need?

Be prepared to get wet! Most days are warm and shorts and t-shirts are fine, but check the weather. Fleece is good for colder days. Water shoes (closed toes) are recommended. Sunscreen and a bottle of water are good ideas.

What should my child bring the first day?

Be prepared to go swimming the first day for the swim test.

Does my child need to bring his/her own lunch?

No. Class is in the morning or afternoon, so lunch should be eaten before or after class.

When is the Awards Banquet?

The last Friday of Session C. The Awards Banquet at the St. Joseph location will be on Friday, 8/17/18.

How does my child advance to the next program level?

A written test and performance test are given to evaluate the progress of each student. The results of the tests will determine advancement to the next level.

Can I make up a class session?

There are no make-up sessions.

What do we do when the weather is bad?

We always try to make it out on the water. Normally the only reason we won’t go out, is if it is stormy or too windy. The first time this happens, we generally take a tour of the Coast Guard. The second time for inclement weather, the class may be canceled. Call in advance for the class plan.