A fantastic opportunity to learn to sail in Qinhuangdao International Sailing Center in an English-language environment, while also doing all kinds of fun watersports. This is exactly what the summer holidays should feel like!
The schedule below is a guideline of what types of activities the students will do. Sailing and watersports rely heavily on the weather conditions, so we adjust the schedule so that students get the optimum conditions for each activity.
When the wind is good, we do as much sailing as possible. When there’s no wind but lovely warm weather, we do more of the other watersports. And if it’s not great weather, we spend more time indoors, learning super-important knowledge for sailing, and doing indoor games. This creates a nice balance of fun and learning over the whole week.
Sailing ropework and theory
Get to know the ropes! After an introduction to some core sailing knowledge, students practise a few important knots that are an essential foundation for their maritime learning journey and in fact quite useful for life too!
Rigging the boat, water safety, on-land simulation practice, launch and first try on water
Rigging the boat is a fun process with all kinds of parts that need to be put together in the right order, like a giant lego kit. Once that’s sorted, it’s time for some important water safety points. A cool simulator – essentially a boat on a rotating platform on land – is used to get familiar with the boat. Then it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the first launch! Feel that floating feeling for the first time, with the wind in your hair and the peace and quiet of the water all around you.
Understanding the wind, operation of rudder, on-land turning simulation, practice changing sides
The wind is a fascinating and complicated element that students may not usually think about so much. This lesson introduces the key ideas of wind direction, how a sail harnesses the wind and how a boat moves in relation to it. The rudder gives a sailor control of the direction, and students learn how to operate it to steer the boat. The simulator is used to practice this, as well as the movement of swapping sides, which is surprisingly challenging and an important foundation for all later skills.
Beam Reach (Crosswind), tacking, capsizing and re-righting the boat
Next, we explore the idea of beam reach and learn the essential skill of tacking. Then the fun part: what to do if you capsize! Practise the correct reaction to this common event, righting the boat from the water and getting back onto it safely. A great excuse to cool off in the water.
Sailing wind diagram study, sail force analysis, jibing practice on simulator, on-water practice
Time to get a bit nerdy with some wind diagrams and analysis of the boat’s power with different wind directions. This is all important stuff if you want your boat to go the right way, after all! Then it’s time for a new key skill: jibing (turning while heading downwind). This challenging maneuver is practiced first on the simulator and then on the water.
Run (downwind sailing) and jibing, figure-of-8 sailing, boating battle, large sailing boat experience
After practicing downwind sailing and new skill of jibing, students try the satisfying exercise of sailing around independently in a figure-of-8 shape. Other fun moments include a water battle while out on the lake, and the experience of sailing all together on a bigger boat with the instructors.
Close-Hauled (near windward sailing) training, Z-shaped route, figure-of-8 route
Heard of the expression ‘sailing close to the wind’? This is where it comes from. Close-Hauled is a difficult skill that will keep ambitious students suitably hooked now that they’ve got the basics down. The new Z-shaped route provides a fresh challenge, along with more practice cruising around in figures-of-8.
Triangular route, comprehensive practice
A triangular route gets students to really tackle all angles of wind. This is followed by extended comprehensive practice to hone all skills, gain confidence and enjoy that ‘I can do it!’ feeling.
Theory exam, practical test
Students complete a theory exam and a practical test on the water to officially conclude that they are now accomplished young sailors.
Learn about sailing competitions, friendly race
To round off the week and further put their skills to the test, students learn the basic format of competitive sailing and then go head-to-head in a friendly race. The excitement of competition is a great way for students to get hooked on learning more. We hope the course inspires kids to develop their love of watersports further, or to use the many new transferable skills in other areas of later life.
Closed management, safety, comfort, full-time monitoring of public areas, 24-hour security control personnel protection, 4-room, independent bathroom, 24-hour hot water/constant temperature air conditioning system, convenient for campers to clean after returning to the sea.
According to the needs of campers at the age level, carefully prepared dishes to ensure balanced nutrition. Special meals are provided for campers who are buffet dining and consider allergies or religious beliefs in advance.
The first closed one -stop sailing base in the North China Sea, more than 70,000 square meters of wharfs and closed training waters; demonstration units in sailing in Hebei Province; International Double Certified Coach Club (American ASA System, French FFV System); One of the clubs with the most equipment.
Students will acquire an ASA (American Sailing Association) 110 level certificate or BYA (Beijing Yachting Association) certificate, depending on whether they manage to pass the ASA exam.
参加5天帆船专项训练的学生将有机会在通过最终考核的情况下获得ASA（American Sailing Association）110级别证书。通过考核的学员会在营期结束后一个月内收到ASA官方的邮寄证书。
We can customize private watersports camps for groups of 8 students or over. Please kindly enquire with our customer service to obtain a proposal and quote.
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Don’t worry, you can sign up first and if you find more friends later, get the difference refunded!
Adults : Students Ratio 1:5 (+/-2)
Spaces will be strictly limited this year as a disease prevention measure, so get in early before they fill up!
Activities and Instruction from Imagine’s experienced sailing instructors
Equipment for activities
Outdoor sports insurance for activities
All entrance tickets
5 nights accommodation
All meals when on camp
Shopping, snacks (soft drinks, ice creams etc), sun cream, watersport shoes (please bring own)
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Imagine Customer Service will get in contact with you 1 week before the camp and give you further details.