OUR MISSION: To provide affordable access to boating for youth in and around St. Augustine.
We believe sailing and boating teach invaluable life skills like problem solving, leadership, confidence, and teamwork while having FUN on the water. We're passionate about helping shape the next generation of sailors and design programs to include the diverse community of St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Our programs incorporate STEM curriculum and are taught by US Sailing certified instructors.
At SAYCSC, our core values are kindness, community, responsibility, integrity, consistency and fun.
We treat each person with kindness by showing respect and empathy to all.
We create an inclusive and friendly environment accessible to the community.
We commit ourselves to teaching the sport of sailing in a safe and consistent manner.
We believe that developing personal character is most important and strive to produce well rounded athletes.
We enjoy the inherent challenges of the sport and are dedicated to keeping the learning process fun.
SAILOR Spotlight: DYLAN
Dylan came to the Sailing Center as a young teenager in the summer of 2019. After one week of Sail Camp Dylan was hooked and ended up attending the remainder of the summer. In the fall Dylan joined our Sail Team program, which develops a deeper awareness of boat handling, boat speed, tactics, strategy, problem solving, teamwork and confidence. After racing for two seasons, Dylan was offered a volunteer instructor position in our summer Sail Camp.
Dylan worked nearly every week, learning how teaching sailing further develops your own abilities on the water, as well as granted the opportunity to give back to those in his shoes just one year prior. Following another successful Sail Team season, Dylan was eager to become a certified instructor. With guidance and support from SAYC, Dylan learned how to drive powerboats and pursued his US Sailing certification. The next summer, Dylan quickly became one of our top instructors. Dylan's coaching interests landed him a spot on the assistant coaching staff for the Sail Team program, helping coach the youngest sailors in our program.
Dylan continues to coach, race, and instruct adult and youth clinics year round. His skills, abilities, and relationships formed through sailing at SACYSC will continue to open doors for him through adulthood. From college sailing scholarships to professional coaching positions and maritime engineering degrees, Dylan has the sailing world at his fingertips. We are extremely proud of Dylan and those who are currently on the same path.
Being able to offer not only a new skill set, but a world of possibilities and access to an ever-growing industry is one reason SAYCSC is a special place to be.
Since 2012, SAYCSC has offered on-water instruction to local youth and has grown into a multifaceted program reaching over 300 kids a year. In 2018 we began our Learn to Sail programs designed for adults. Both the adult and youth programs are open to members and non-members.
The St. Augustine Yacht Club Sailing Center is proud to offer a variety of sailing programs to our local community. No matter your age or skill level, we offer a wide variety of programs to get you on the water. From age 5 - 95, we are ready to help you set sail.