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Spirit of America

Youth Boater Education class offered by Augusta Community Sailing and Augusta Sailing Club

Sail, Paddle, Power!

Augusta Community Sailing and its parent organization Augusta Sailing Club are pleased to partner with the Spirit of America Foundation National Premier Youth Boating Education Program to bring a youth boating education course to Clarks Hill Lake for middle and high schoolers.

Offering a unique, safe, and comprehensive water-based educational and recreational program, the Spirit of America Foundation instills confidence and fosters the Spirit of teamwork in our nation's youth. Our underlying goals also include developing self-esteem while nurturing responsible behavior and positive, lifelong ambitions.


Students will have the opportunity to obtain their Georgia Boating Education Course license, will learn how to operate different types of watercraft including sailboats, paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, and motorboats, and participate in water-based activities that provide the opportunity to develop lifelong skills.  Based on a “learn by doing” program, students develop self-esteem, exercise teamwork, safe seamanship, boating and water safety practices, and demonstrate responsibility.

Life jackets are included with registration.


Georgia Boater Education Course/Drowning Prevention Pool Class

Saturday, April 1st 

10 am-4 pm, Neptune Dive & Ski, 2305 Redwood Dr, Augusta, GA 30904

Students will earn their state boating license in a classroom-like setting. Passing this class (70% or above) is mandatory for further participation in the program. 2-hour in-pool session. Students will be properly fitted for a life jacket and be introduced to drowning prevention techniques, equipment awareness, proper use of PFD, and learn capsize rescues.

Georgia Boater Education/On The Water

Tuesday, April 2nd
9 am-4 pm, Augusta Sailing Club, 5462 Sailing Rd, Appling, GA, 30802

Students will complete their class work and test for their Georgia State Safe Boating Certificate. Passing this class (70% or above) is mandatory for further participation in the program. The second half of the day we will be on the water. 

On The Water Training 

Monday-Thursday, April 3-6

9 am-4 pm daily, Augusta Sailing Club, 5462 Sailing Rd, Appling, GA, 30802

Daily hands-on, on-the-water opportunities as well as on-land instruction in canoes, kayaks, sailboats, motorboats, stand-up paddle boards, and personal watercraft (jet skis). 

Thursday, April 6th, 1 pm

Parents are encouraged to join their children on the water to see all the great things they learned during the week.

Make Up Day (in case of poor weather)

Friday, April 7

Time TBD, Augusta Sailing Club, 5462 Sailing Rd, Appling, GA, 30802


Cost is $200* per student which includes all course materials needed, a life jacket. Payment is due by March 30, 2023 to be considered enrolled in the course. A refund is available, minus a $25 non-refundable cancellation charge, until 14 days prior to the start of registered camp session. *Need-based scholarships are available upon request. 


Space is limited as there is a high demand for this program. Daily attendance at all sessions is expected and mandatory for the successful completion of the course.


All course communication will be e-mailed to the address you provide.


Dates, times, and locations are subject to change due to lake, weather, and other conditions beyond our

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Special thanks to Neptune Dive & Ski for providing classroom and pool space, as well as to Jeff Annis and Austin Rhodes for promoting the camp on WGAC.

Neptune Dive and Ski



Saturday, April 1, 2023, 8:00 AM until Friday, April 7, 2023, 5:00 PM
Augusta Sailing Club
5462 Sailing Rd
Appling, GA  30802

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Kim Bagnoni
Program Coordinator
Community Outreach
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only