Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail at Lake Thunderbird 2018 Schedule

Spring Basic Keelboat
Ages 16+
Three evenings, March 16, 23 and 30 from 6pm-8pm at the BoatHouse and 2 days of 4 hours on water at a time to be determined by the class and instructors NOTE: TWO OPENINGS ARE AVAILABLE AS OF 3/12/2018
Online enrollment and PayPal available
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 9-14

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. Online enrollment and PayPal availabler.
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 2018 season will be the 17th yer of The BoatHouse’s nationally recognized program graduating over 400 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: 18 hours of instruction will build on the knowledge and skills learned in the Sailing Smart Kid’s Camp. Students will improve sailing on all points of sail, especially upwind. They will be introduced to racing, including the rules, starting, and sailing the course. Weather permitting we will take a long destination sail – like Snake Island or the Little Axe cove. Boats may include prams, Lasers, Sunfish, the 3-4 person American 14 sloops, or a keelboat.

Tuition: . Register in advance online. Pay with Paypal or make check payable to Lake Thunderbird BoatHouse. Mail to Lake Thunderbird BoatHouse, P. O. Box 1652, Norman, OK 73070-1652. You may bring your payment on the first day of class – but please confirm with the instructor that you are attending.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Sailing Smart Camp or equivalent.
Ages 9-14 year-old. 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, worn when on the waterfront, dock, or boat. Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle, and sunscreen.

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. Six students maximum