Basic Camp


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

Due to COVID-19, all 2020 Aquatic Center camps are cancelled.

We regret to inform all our summer camp families that we will not be able to hold our traditional Summer Camp programming, as you know them.  All campers who already register will receive a full refund. The Aquatic Center staff is looking into alternative youth programming that will be complaint with the CDC and Sacramento County.  Respecting the 6 foot social distancing and the safety of our families and clients.  Please check back for more information and guidelines for boat rentals and small group lessons and future youth programming.​

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.

2020 Session Dates

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

June 12

Basic Camp Week #2 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 15 June 19
Basic Camp Week #3 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 22 June 26
Basic Camp Week #4 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 6 July 10
Basic Camp Week #5 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 13 July 17
Basic Camp Week #6 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 20 July 24
Basic Camp Week #7 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 27 July 31
Basic Camp Week #8 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM August 3 August 7
Basic Camp Week #9 Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM August 10 August 14

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