The Atlantic Highlands Sailing Education Program, AHSEP, teaches sailing skills to Bay Shore Area youth ages eight to seventeen years. Students learn the basics of sailing, water safety, and teamwork, to begin an appreciation of sailing as a sport and a recreational pastime.
Our program is taught by US Sailing certified instructors using US Sailing's proven techniques. We are excited for the upcoming sailing season and have lots of great programs to choose from. See our Programs/ Schedule/Fees area for detailed pricing, dates, and program information. Sailors do not need to own a boat in order to sail in AHSEP programs. All boats are supplied with the enrollment fee.
The novice program is an introduction to sailing for youth ages 8-15. Students learn sailing basics including sailing safety, boat nomenclature, rigging, points of sail and related sail trim, basic sailing knots, capsize recovery, and teamwork. Students who have never sailed before or have only limited experience of participating in one prior AHSEP course, should register as Novice.
The intermediate program focuses on sailing skill improvement for youth ages 8 to 17 years. Students learn more advanced sailing skills including crew responsibilities and teamwork, crew position and boat balance, sail trim and shape, building boat speed, enhancing boat performance on various points of sail, and introduction to racing. Students who have completed multiple AHSEP courses and are comfortable sailing solo and competing in sailboat racing should register as Intermediate.
The advanced program focuses on racing and boat handling skills. This program is for graduates of the intermediate program and provides on-the-water coaching to improve sailing and racing skills. Students who are comfortable sailing and competing solo and confident sailing in heavier wind conditions should register as Advanced.