Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail at Lake Thunderbird 2018 Schedule in process!

Spring Basic Keelboat
Ages 16+
Weekends TBD 
Dates TBD over two Weekends 2018 Two evenings and 2 days of 4 hours on water
Contact instructor. No online enrollment.
Phil Moershel
Level I Instructor Class
Dates TBD
Must enroll through US Sailing
Contact Instructor
Phil Moershel
Adult Small Boat Class
Ages 14+
2018 Dates: July 10-13 5pm til 9pm and July 14 8am til4pm
Mary Anne Secrist
Kids Summer Camp I Note: Max class size is 12 students
Ages 9-13

June 4 – June 8 2018 9am til 3pm

Jerry Lojka
Kids Summer Camp II: Note: Max class size is 12 students
Ages 9-13

June 18-June 22 2018
9am til 3pm

Phil Moershel
Intermediate Sailing
Ages 11-14

June 28-30 2018 9am til 3pm 
Skill progression and intro to racing

Paul Reynolds
Fall Keelboat Class
Ages 16+
Fall 2018 Class over two Weekends TBD two evenings and 2 days of 4 hours on water
Two Friday evenings and two Saturdays or Sundays. Contact instructor. No online enrollment.
Phil Moershel
Click here or on the Thunderbird icon to enroll in a TSC class.

Kids Summer Camp: CLASSES LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS  The Lake Thunderbird BoatHouse offers kids camps this summer for youth aged 9 – 13. Our one-week (Monday-Friday) programs teach sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and rowing with emphasis on sailing. Each student learns the safe and responsible way to rig, launch and sail small sailboats while increasing their self-confidence, coordination and teamwork skills. Our all-volunteer instructors are certified by U.S. Sailing. Classes run from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM Monday thru Friday. Kids bring own PFD and own lunch/drinks. The 2013 season will be the 12th yer of The BoatHouse’s nationally recognized program graduating over 200 youth from Norman and surrounding communities. Prerequisite is the ability to swim 50 feet. Graduates receive awards and certificates at a ceremony for parents and friends on Friday, the last day of camp. Scouts may receive the sailing merit badges.  Register and pay online, or Mail check to Lake Thunderbird BoatHouse, PO Box 1652, Norman, OK 73070-1652.  You may also bring check with you on the first day of class.  But be sure to confirm with the primary instructor of your class.

Intermediate Sailing: CLASS LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS  

The Sailing “Better” Intermediate Camp

Outcome: Approximately 18 hours of instruction will build on the course material presented in the Sailing Smart Kid’s Camp. Children will work to improve their upwind sailing. They will be introduced to racing, including the rules, starting, and sailing the course. Weather permitting we will take a long destination sail – this year we hope to make it to Snake Island. Depending on parental involvement we could plan a camp-out one night across the lake. Boats may include prams, Lasers, Sunfish and the 3-4 person American 14 sloops.

Tuition: . Register on line or make checks payable to Lake Thunderbird BoatHouse. Mail to Lake Thunderbird  BoatHouse, P. O. Box 1652, Norman, OK 73070-1652. You may bring your payment and registration forms on the first day of class – but please confirm with the instructor that you are attending.

Prerequisites: Sailing Smart Camp or equivalent experience. While this course is intended for 11-14 year-olds, younger students will be accommodated, with additional supervision as needed. Camp members should be able to float or tread water for at least 1 minute and swim 50 feet. Campers must have a well-fitted life vest, to be brought to all class sessions and worn when on the waterfront, dock, or boat.

Adult Small Boat Class: Ages 14 and up. Each class day is composed of didactic presentations and on the water training. Dinghies are small boats like Sunfish, Laser, etc. but 2-4 person sloops are available for students wanting that type of training. Class is limited to 8 students.

Keelboat Class: 16 and up, no sailing knowledge required. Taught on smaller keel boats, leads to US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification.

Level-1 Instructors Class: This course teaches how to teach and requires demonstration of sailing ability. Leads to US Sailing certification for teaching small boat sailing.