Basic Boating Camp


In our basic boating camp children will learn sailing, canoeing, kayaking, Stand up Paddling and windsurfing and boating safety.  They will be taught how to capsize and recover in each boat. Camps are offered to children ages 7-17. Each session is Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm Instruction (8:30am-3:30pm)

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.

Stand up Paddling – (also know as SUP)  Each camper will be able to paddle comfortably on their own youth board. Learning the importance of the safety leash and proper paddling strokes and turns. 

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 (Due to Covid many of the lessons will be held outside). The California Division of Boating and Waterways Safety Exam is available to every Basic camper. The Aquatic Center used the DBAW Safety curriculum from “AquaSmart” Boating Safety skits are performed every Friday before lunch. 
Aqua Smart Lessons are:  ​ 
1- Learn to swim!
2- Wear a life Jacket! (also known as a Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
3- Learn to Float!
4- Learn to rescue safely!
5- Look before you leap!
6- Don’t Overload your boat!
7- Stay with your boat!
8-Learn the boating Rules of the road “water”!
9- Alcohol, Drugs and boating don’t mix!
10- Keep our waterways clean!  Be polite don’t pollute 
Awards are also presented to outstanding campers.

Camp Details

Camp Fee:  $420.00 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.

2024 Session Dates

Section Days Time Start Date End Date
Basic Camp Week #1 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 3

June 7

Basic Camp Week #2 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 10 June 14
Basic Camp Week #3 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 17 June 21
Basic Camp Week #4 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 24 June 28
Basic Camp Week #5 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 8 July 12
Basic Camp Week #6 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 15 July 19
Basic Camp Week #7 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 22 July 26
Basic Camp Week #8 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 29 August 2
Basic Camp Week #9 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM August 5 August 9

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.
  • Pick up is NOT permitted between 3:00 PM and 3:30 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! 
  •  Parents Night an opportunity for children to show of their new skill to their families
  • Ask you instructor about our Friday Theme Days!