Sailing course Optimist

Optimist courses at 3 levels for kids aged 8-12

The best way to learn how to sail is by practice. For younger children, age 8-12, the Optimist is the perfect boat. This lightweight boat with one sail responds directly to the wind and rudder. Therefore, young sailors will almost automatically discover the basics of sailing. The younger you start sailing, the more easily you become familiar with the water.

Optimist level 1, 2 & 3

Level 1
This level is for children who have never sailed alone before. During this training, the principles of sailing will be taught systematically. The diploma includes the basic skills, such as rigging the boat, steering, operating the sails and tacking. Of course the theory of safety and a number of navigation rules on the water will be taught as well.
This beginners course is also perfect when you have done a Splashweek!

Level 2
After completing level 1, you can start with level 2. This level encompasses the earlier mentioned basic maneuvers and more complex maneuvers such as docking and trimming the sail, accompanied by the necessary theory.

Level 3
After completing level 1 and 2, you can join the experienced sailing course. The diploma includes basic and advanced maneuvers, such as arriving at a windward shore and lee shore. Furthermore, special techniques and the principles of racing will be discussed.

No sailing experience needed
A swimming certificate is required

8 weeks

1 weekly training on Saturday

Watersportcentrum Sloterplas
Christoffel Plantijngracht 4
1065 DA Amsterdam
Kaart & Routebeschrijving

Sailing courses 2024
Spring: 25 May – 13 July
Fall: 7 Sep – 26 Oct


First lesson
Make sure to be present 5 minutes ahead of the lesson. Notify the Head Instructor that you are there.

There are changing rooms with showers and toilet available at the location. Safes are available for all your valuables. The café-restaurant Boothuis has a uniquely situated, often sunny terrace at the waterfront were you can sit afterwards and have drinks and food. With the heart of Amsterdam just around the corner, you can easily get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a relaxing sailing lesson.

It is recommend to bring an extra set of dry clothes (and a towel) and to wear functional clothes. If it rains, bring rain gear, and especially dress warmly. The lesson always continues.