Basic Boating Camp


In our basic boating camp children will learn sailing, canoeing, kayaking, Stand up Paddling and windsurfing and boating safety.  Camps is ages 7-17 and is Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm

REgistration opens april 19th at 9:00 am

We are excited to announce the Aquatic Center has been approved to start taking registration deposits for summer camps for our Basic Camp, sailing camp, paddle camp and rowing camp.  We unfortunately we will not be taking sign-ups for our Water Ski/Wakeboard camp, PWC camp and Adventure Camp. 

We will be taking $100 deposits for registration for our camps starting with our week #4 (June 28.)  We are taking waitlist signs ups for our camps from June 7 to June 25th.  If for any reason we are unable to open our summer camps you will be refunded the $100 deposit in full. 

Registration will open on Monday, April 19th at 9:00 AM.  You can register online at or over the phone.  When the Aquatic Center receives full approval with all Covid and safety procedures we will email a confirmation with all information and updated forms (camper packet.)  If you are looking to waitlist for weeks #1 thru #3 you will need to call and register over the phone with us.

Sailing - Skimming effortlessly across the water in an afternoon breeze is an enjoyable sensation that is becoming more and more popular every year. Each student will learn the principles of sailing, water safety, sailing knots, and how to operate their sailboat.

kids in a canoe smiling

Windsurfing - This thrilling sport is rapidly becoming one of the most popular aquatic sports today. Students will be applying their acquired skills along with windsurfing fundamentals toward practical experience on the water. Water play and games are a big part of the windsurfing day.

Canoeing - This day of camp will give students the skills needed to navigate a canoe across the lake safely and effectively. We will teach: paddling strokes, balance, safety, and rescue. The serenity of Lake Natoma provides an excellent setting for this enjoyable sport.

Kayaking - This day exposes campers to the fundamentals of flat-water kayaking with adventures to Blackberry Island or The Camp “Prison.” Maneuvering these feisty little boats is a real challenge and a lot of fun. This sport is very popular with our campers.

Boating Safety - Most serious boating accidents involve motorboats. Proper care, handling, and equipment are essential for safe and enjoyable boating. Classroom time is very valuable on Friday. The California Division of Boating and Waterways Safety Exam is given to every Basic camper. Boating safety skits are performed every Friday morning prior to classroom education. Awards are also presented to outstanding campers.

For fun and a challenge there will be a variety of activities on Fridays: Team Raft Building, Sailing Races, Kayak Relays, Canoe Tug-a-War, and Kayak Water Polo. (Activities will vary each week).

Camp Details

Camp Fee:  $365.00 per week
Offered All 9 Weeks
Ages: 7-17 

Basic camp is broken down into age categories, that are listed below.

Age Group


7 Guppies
8 Starfish
9 Turtles
10 Dolphins
11 Seals
12 Stingrays
13+ Sharks

Important Notice

If you are registering for summer camp online, please download and print the camper packet. Your camper will need this for Monday morning check-in, and without it your camper will not be eligible to participate in activities. Bring the completed packet to the Sac State Aquatic Center with you on the first day of camp and as it will not be accepted early.

2021 Session Dates

Section Days Time Start Date End Date
Basic Camp Week #1 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 7

June 11

Basic Camp Week #2 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 14 June 18
Basic Camp Week #3 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 21 June 25
Basic Camp Week #4 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 28 July 2
Basic Camp Week #5 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 12 July 16
Basic Camp Week #6 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 19 July 23
Basic Camp Week #7 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 26 July 30
Basic Camp Week #8 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM August 2 August 6
Basic Camp Week #9 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM August 9 August 13

If you are attending weeks 2, 4, 6 or 8 you can join us for the Thursday night camp out! Cost: $60.00.  Meals and activities are included in this fee!

Special notes

  • It is recommended that parents drop off their children at the Aquatic Center at 8:00 AM. (Camp instruction begins at 8:30 AM) Camp instruction ends at 3:30 PM. Pick up time is between 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM.
  • Child must provide their own lunch, water bottle, and sunscreen.
  • Children are required to wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times! (Provided by the Aquatic Center)
  • Campers receive a free T-shirt! 
  • Please join us for Parents Night on the Thursday afternoon the week your camper attends.
  • Ask you instructor about our Friday Theme Days!  

Register Online Here