With more than seven miles of beaches, great ocean breezes, the calm waters of the bay and lagoon, young residents can almost always enjoy water-based activities learning to swim, dive, sail and row.
This summer, families have many learning options, for those just getting their feet wet in water sports to those ready to develop some new more advanced skills.
Most are offered in a day camp format at local yacht clubs, scout bases and city facilities. The programs are affordable and many offer camperships (scholarships).
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's Summer Program is open to young people 7-18 years old and the program costs from $500 for to $1,200. They offer single-handled classes and double-handed classes from beginner sailor to advanced racer as well as an intro sailing class for those aged 7 and older. Participants do not need to be a member of ABYC to enroll. Learning basic sailing skills is supplemented with other activities like sailing scavenger hunts and sail making. ABYC offers all day sailing programs as well as half day programs for advanced sailors. The program runs for 6 weeks from June 24 through Aug. 2. For more, email email@example.com or call 562-434-9955.
Seal Beach Yacht Club Sailing Foundation is offering beginning and intermediate classes in both sabots and lasers for age groups 7-17, June 18 through July 27. Optional classes may be offered through August. Beginning classes are from 8 a.m. to noon, with intermediate classes from 1 to 5 p.m. The class members will be enjoying classes that are smaller, offering a less stressful environment in a more intimate setting. The program is $650 for members or non-members, and includes boat rental.
Long Beach Junior Crew 2019 Summer Camp, June 17-Aug. 23 with sessions starting at $350 for youth 12 and older. Camp takes place at the Pete Archer Rowing Center in Marine Stadium. Visit longbeachjuniorcrew.org or call 562-431-1644 for details. Learn basic boat handling, water safety, rowing techniques and sportsmanship through practice and competition. The program promotes responsibility, dedication, fitness and perseverance. The Pete Archer Rowing Center is at 5750 Boathouse Lane.
The Alpert Jewish Community Center Swim University offers group and private swim classes; including a prep swim team to learn strokes and flip turns; improve technique and gain endurance. Their youth swim team members have the option of competing in meets and the youth water polo class teaches the basics of ball handling and shooting while improving swim skills. All programs are offered to members and non-members.
Long Beach Marine Institute Ocean Adventures summer program runs for nine weeks. Camp tuition is $225 per week this year. Extended care is $10 per session. Camp is from June 17 to Aug. 16. The day starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., with extended care for an extra charge of $10 per session. This camp is open to youngsters ages 5-12. For teens, the Volunteer Program is a great experience that teaches responsibility in a fun environment. Each of the nine weeks the camp is run features themes related to oceanography and marine biology.
McCormick Divers offers a condensed lessons class aimed at the diving dabbler or the little one who wanted to go off the board more in swimming class. Four-day sessions are offered during the summer months, grouped in their team lesson classes. Each session is $100 for any four days. Times are 5-6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
“The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park swimming pool is an indoor, year-round facility featuring a six-lane, 25-yard pool with one 1-meter and one 3-meter, Maxiflex boards on Durafirm stands, and two 7 x 14 trampolines and two dry-boards with port-a-pits,” Debby McCormick said.
Registration is at www.mccormickdivers.com.
Long Beach Sea Scout Base Aquatic Center on Appian Way celebrates the 19th year the base has offered a day camp for scouts, and the full day fee is $ 235 per week, with extended day care available. Camps are offered for eight consecutive weeks beginning Monday, June 24, and are open to all registered Scouts, Venture, Explorer and Sea Scouts. New this year — all programs are offered to boys and girls. Providing nearly 40 different merit badges activities including beginning and intermediate sailing, waterskiing and wakeboarding, lifesaving, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, deep sea fishing, fly fishing and more. Camp is from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., with half days available as well as pre and post camp care. Go to longbeachbsa.org/AboutUs/SeaBase/Camp for details.
Girl Scouts Marine Landing Day Camp, also on Appian Way, has a day camp that includes kayaking, canoeing, sailing, standup paddle boarding, swimming, beach play and marine science. Open to all girls in grades K-8, camp sessions are $220-$240 a week. The camp staff is all lifeguard, first aid and CPR certified. New this year at Marine Landing is a progressive boating curriculum for girls to learn paddling skills. Register for these summer camps at Marine Landing (girls do not have to already be a Girl Scout member to sign up): girlscoutsla.org/summercamp.