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The Sail Nauticus Academy is our flagship program, created to provide a life-changing experience for underserved youth in our local community. Through a partnership with Norfolk Public Schools, students are given the opportunity to earn school credit while participating in a program that promotes math and science skills, character development, and leadership.
A prospective Academy student begins by applying in 5th grade. Applications are available at all Norfolk Public elementary schools, and a member of our staff gives a presentation at each school during the winter months. Of the hundreds of applications received, each child will be interviewed. At the end of this process, we select 80 future Norfolk Public school 6th grade students.
The 6th grade year at Academy focuses on learning to sail, health class, and swimming. While receiving a school credit for health class, students will learn communication, team work, and confidence through the often unfamiliar sports of sailing and swimming.
Our 7th grade curriculum focuses on safety and preparedness while enhancing the sailing skills they learned in 6th grade. During the winter, they learn more advanced swimming and water safety techniques as well as take part in the American Red Cross' Community First Aid and CPR course.
For their final year, we work to prepare our 8th grade students to pass a basic sailing competency practical, similar to the test we give our adult members. The real treat for these kids is during the winter. Students get to learn how to construct functional wooden boats. This is activity incorporates a good amount of the STEM curriculum and helps give kids a better understanding of the time and skill required to assemble a boat.
Enrollment in the Academy comes with a one year commitment. After completing each year, students are offered the opportunity to participate again in their 7th, then 8th, grade year. Upon completion of their 8th grade year, our kids will have the opportunity to return as volunteers to enhance their sailing and teaching skills. Our goal is to turn a handful of these students into junior sailing instructors.
Our summer camps and adult programs help fund Sail Academy. Please consider becoming a member, making a donation, or signing up for one of our other offerings to help us keep this program afloat and to continue helping Hampton Roads kids gain confidence and skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.