KWCSC Instructors

Ben Hermelin (314) 349-9929 and Heidi Ruse, KWCSC Instructors (804)-832-4731 -- are available for adult instruction and they also teach our After-School and Summer classes for youth. Please give him/her a call if you wish to get adult lessons.

Youth Summer Sailing Camp 2020

The Key West Community Sailing Center offers Youth Summer Sailing Camp for students ages 5 to 17. Cost per week-long session per student is $250.00 for all classes -Young Beginner, Beginner, and Intermediate. There will be ten, one week sessions, - Monday through Friday that will run from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
The Directors, Officers and staff at the Key West Community Sailing Center have a dedicated focus on Safety, Fun, and Learning.
Here are the 2020 dates for classes:

June 1-5 Beginner
June 8-12 Beginner
June 15-19 Intermediate
June 22-26 Beginner
June 29- July 3 Young Beginner
July 6-10 Intermediate
July 13-17 Young Beginner
July 20-24 Intermediate
July 27-31 Beginner
August 3-7 Intermediate


Our primary goal is that students learn and grow from this experience; therefore it is important that your child is placed in the right skill level.

Click here to see Skill Level Descriptions

The Instructors at the Center are certified through US Sailing. They have instructed sailing on a variety of boats from 8' to 36', in private lessons and class environments.

For more information email contact: Heidi Ruse
or kwsceducation@gmail.com
and/or call Instructor Heidi Ruse: 804-832-4731

Women’s Racing Team News

Womens Racing Team has gone exceptionally well this season. We have continued to practice twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays on a variety of boats. We have a strong group of 5-8 sailors that are heavily committed to the KWCSC Women's Racing Team For more information, contact Heidi Ruse by email at kwsceducation@gmail.com or by text at 804 832-4731.

Work Parties on Saturday mornings at 10:00  Because we are an all volunteer organization, we ask that you help us with on-going projects at the Center.  Sometimes it is clean up, sometimes it is repairing a boat or dock, sometimes it is site work.  Please come to the Center prepared for up to a couple of hours of work ... we promise that we won't give you a task you are not able to accomplish with ease.

Racing is held each Sunday and Wednesday afternoon.  All are welcome to participate, as skipper or as crew. Check the Center’s monthly calendar for times.  Of course, weather is a factor so races might be cancelled.

Free Women's Sailing Lessons each Saturday from 10:00-noon
There is no requirement to be a member to participate.  If you have women family or friends who would like to join in, bring them along.  Of course, weather may cause cancellations.

Free Men's Sailing Lessons each Sunday from 10:00-noon
This opportunity is just for men.  Like with Women's Sailing, there is no requirement to be a member to participate.  And again ... weather may cause cancellation.

Youth Racing Team had an awesome season and competed in two regattas- we hosted one here in Key West and we traveled to Key Largo for one. Plans for more regattas all throughout the keys are in the works for next season! Stay tuned.

M.A.R.C. and Seniors / KWCSC " Come About Boating Adventures"

If you would like more information or would like to volunteer for this program please call Heidi Ruse (804)-832-4731

Learn to Sail Youth Sailing Programs

From learning how to sail, to refining sailing skills, the KWCSC Youth Programs offer fun and educational activities on the water. The programs are held with the intention of providing the children of our community the opportunity to learn and practice sailing in a fun and safe environment based on US Sailing guiding principles. For more informatio about these programs call Heidi Ruse (804)-832-4731.

KWSCS Youth Sailing Programs include:

Sunrise Rotary Club Scholarship Class

Montessori Charter School Class

Sigsbee Charter School Enrichment Class:

Key West High School:

Florida Keys Community College.

A vote of the Board of the Key West Community Sailing Center established wind requirements/restrictions for the boats in our fleet. Boats can only be taken out when maximum wind gusts are less than 20 knots. If wind gusts measures 20 knots or higher, no boats may be signed out and must remain docked.

To determine wind speed check the wind reading above on Weather Underground. Click the arrow above. That is the reading we will be using as our decision point.