KIDS Class schedule
Classes begin on Monday, June 17th and end on Friday, August 16th.
Private tennis and sailing lessons are available through mid-September. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids weekly programs are available to purchase which guarantees weekly spaces since classes have limited capacity.
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Beginner sailors (ages 5+) start off in our dry and stable Colgate 26s with their instructors. Our sailors then progress into more independent boats. Younger students (ages 7-12) will transition into an Optimist dinghy and our older sailors (ages 13-18) learn in a two person, 420 dinghy.
Groups in ‘Opti’ and ‘Teens’ will be divided according to ability level by their instructors each morning of classes.
Life jackets will be provided and worn at all times. Closed-toe shoes must be worn at all times.
Guppies: Intro to Sailing (ages 5-6) Monday to Friday 10-11am
The Guppies Program is intended for young sailors interested in gaining confidence on the water. Safety, fun and learning are the core of this program.
Activities include rigging, steering, sailing in our keelboats with their instructors (Colgate 26s).
Students must turn 5 years old before 6/1/19.
Seafarers: Intro to Sailing (ages 7-12) Monday to Friday 9-11am
Students who are new to sailing or have little prior sailing experience, are placed in the Seafarer program.
This class is taught in our Colgate 26's. This "bigger" boat experience will provide a comfortable environment for basic skill acquisition. Students in the Seafarer class have the benefit of close peer and instructor interaction in safe, stable boats.
When the instructor feels that the student is ready, they are invited to move into the Opti Green class.
Opti Green (Intermediate ages 7-12) Monday to Friday 9-11am
Students who have progressed through our Seafarer class, or who have a skill and interest level sufficient for single-handed sailing, are placed in our Opti Green class. Participants can sail alone or with a partner.
Focus is on expanding the concepts of the Seafarer Class, introducing the basic concepts of racing and building confidence through both games and basic drills.
The Optis are most suitable for sailors under 115 lbs and/or 5'2". Alternative options are the Seafarer or Teen Green programs.
Opti Blue (Advanced ages 7-12) Monday to Friday 9-11am
Those who have achieved the goals of the Opti Green program are invited to participate in our more advanced Optimist Blue class.
The Opti Blue class will give students the opportunity to sail by themselves, and will focus on more advanced sailing and racing techniques.
Blue Opti participants will become self-sufficient and experienced sailors although instruction and having fun will remain key components.
Teen Green (Beginner aged 13-18) Monday to Friday 11-1.30pm
Teenagers who are new to sailing should take our Teen Beginner class. They will sail in a Colgate 26 with an instructor and peers on board.
Focus will be on teamwork, basic sailing techniques, and boat handling.
As the season progresses, they may advance into the 420 Green program.
420 Green (Intermediate aged 13-18) Monday to Friday 11-1.30pm
Once a teenager has some experience in the Teen Beginner class, they will progress into the 420 Green programme.
The focus of this class is to give teens sailing experience on more demanding, 2 person boats, where they will sail with a peer. Fundamental sailing techniques and confidence will be worked on and improved.
With regular participation and effort, the trainee may progress into the 420 Blue Programme.
420 Blue (Advanced ages 13-18) Monday to Friday 11-1.30pm
420s allow the student the opportunity to sail with one other student in a more responsive and technical racing dinghy.
The 420 Blue program is designed to introduce sailors to more advanced and technical sailing skills.
Focus is placed on continuing to build upon those skills acquired in the Teen Green program, with greater weight placed on racing techniques and boat speed.
Private Sailing Lessons
Private sailing lessons are a great way of quickly developing your skills on a one-to-one basis.
Lessons can be organised with individual instructors or by calling us at (401) 466-5939.
Classes are limited to 20 students.
Please make sure that your child wears the appropriate tennis clothing consisting of shorts, shirt and court sneakers. No sandles or teva's are permitted.
Guppies (ages 5-6) Monday to Friday 9-10am
This is the perfect venue for any juniors to learn tennis. Red training balls, shorter racquets and small nets will be used. Fast paced games and developing tennis skills will be a priority.
Seafarers (ages 7-12) Monday to Friday 11am-12pm
Players will use the orange training balls on a smaller court. Players will have an opportunity to learn all aspects of the game from basic strokes to strategy.
Optis (ages 7-12) Monday to Friday 12-1pm
Juniors will use the green ball on a full court. Competitive drills and games will be introduced.
Teens (12-18) Monday to Friday 10-11am
High intensity drills and challenging games. Emphasis will be put in getting in shape and developing players to play on their high school tennis teams.
Private Tennis Lessons
Private tennis lessons are also available and can be arranged with individual instructors.
Junior Davis Cup Round-Robin Tournament
Come out and join us for our Annual 10 and over Junior Davis Cup tournament held every July. The tennis staff will divide all our juniors into three or four groups of even abilities. Each group then can decide what country they want to compete for. All team countries must create their own flag, dress in their countries' clothes and have the appropriate face paint applied. Once all this is completed....the games begin!
Boys and girls doubles, singles, and mixed doubles matches will all count toward their countries' winning total.
Afterwards all competitors are welcomed to join us for the Awards Ceremony and cook-out! All teams are expected to put on a team skit as well! See the BIC calendar for date.
The Block Island Club's Junior Club Championships: 10 and Under and Open Division Championships
Every August the Club's tennis staff hosts our Junior Club Championships. We have two divisions every year: a 10 and under division where we use the orange ball and an open division for all of our older players.
Both events are played over two days. On the first day, the juniors play through until the final round. The second day is our finals day. The entire club comes out to cheer for the players and to enjoy our customary court-side pizza lunch.
See the BIC calendar for the date.
Block Island Junior Singles Ladder
The tennis staff will organize a number of different singles ladders for your children this summer. We will have a 10 and under, 12 and under, and teen-age ladders. All you have to do to sign up is come down to the Club office and put your child's name on the ladder with a phone number on the back of the tab.
This is a wonderful way to introduce your child to our tennis program and a great opportunity to meet some other junior players of similar ages. The ladders will run throughout the entire summer.
Lessons are limited to 12 students per class (except for Pre-Beginner which is limited to 5 students per class).
Pre-Beginner (age 4): Monday to Friday 10am-10.30am
For the 4 year old who is comfortable in the water. Swimmers must be accompanied by an adult in the water and will learn independent floating, proper body position, and additional skills as appropriate to class's abilities. Kids must have water shoes since they will be standing in the water (Adults may want them as well).
Guppies (Beginner) (ages 5-6) Monday to Friday 11am-12pm
The priority is teaching comfort in water accompanied by safe entries and exits. Swimmers will work on blowing bubbles, bobs, pushing of the wall, gliding, assisted back floats, rolls and kicking front and back with and without a noodle or kickboard. Swimmers will work on goals that include fully submerging and holding breath, assisted and unassisted kicking, unassisted back floats, unassisted pulling with manipulatives, front and back glides in streamline off the wall, and movement with combined arms and legs.
Seafarers & Optis (Intermediate) (ages 7-12) Monday to Friday 11am-1pm (hourly sessions)
Swimmers will work on developing freestyle form and building endurance. There will be an extensive introduction to proper strokes, such as backstroke arm technique (arm rotation and proper underwater pull). Swimmers will practice form and turns, and practice for races.
Mixed Level Swim (ages 7-18) Monday to Friday 9-10am
Swimmers will continue to refine basic strokes while working on endurance. They will also learn more advanced strokes and skills.
Free Swim (ages 7-18) Monday to Friday 1pm
Come join in the fun and swim in our new can dock pool. There will be relay races, games and more.
Private Swimming Lessons
Private swimming lessons are also available and can be arranged with individual instructors.
Arts & Crafts
Our Arts and Crafts program is designed to foster creative independence and confidence as well as improve fine and gross motor skills. Participants will gain a wide-variety of artistic experience by completing projects that utilize diverse media as well as objects from nature.
Traditional camp projects are an essential part of our program and include a variety of projects that utilize popsicle sticks, Perla beads, yarn, and clay. Our instructors provide age-appropriate projects that are interesting and fun, and the welcoming environment creates an atmosphere for sharing and conversing among the children.
All artists of all levels are welcome at anytime. Classes run hourly from 9am-1pm.
Kids Weekly Program
The kids program offers guaranteed weekly spaces since classes have limited capacity. For cost of the programs, please click here.
Guppies (ages 5-6) for a week:
Tennis (9-10), Sailing (10-11), Swimming or Arts and Crafts (11-12)
Seafarers (Intro to Sailing - ages 7-12) for a week:
Sailing (9-11), Tennis (11-12), Swimming or A&C (12-1)
Optis (Intermediate and Advanced Sailing - ages 7-12) for a week:
Sailing (9-11), Swimming or A&C (11-12), Tennis (12-1)
Teens (ages 13-18) for a week:
Sailing (11-1.30), Tennis (10-11)