2021 Summer Camp Kicks Off ---- Register Your Skipper Now!

Signup is now open for the KWCSC’s annual Summer Sailing Camp. We look forward to a fun season of outdoor adventure on the water. The program is open to beginners as well as those with sailing experience.

The Center has ongoing safety practices in place related to the COVID-19 virus. Fresh air and sunshine will help make the summer camp a healthy environment for participants.

About Summer Sailing Camp

The Summer Sailing Camp is open to youth ages six to seventeen.
Sessions are one week each, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, with certified instructors.

The classes cover all skill levels, the basics of sailing and racing on a variety of boats owned by the Center.

The cost is $250.00 per student for each session. Scholarships are available for underserved children.

Which Sailing Camp is Right for Your Child?

Our primary goal is that students learn and grow from this experience; therefore it is important that your child is placed in the correct skill level. We offer three skill levels. To learn more about them click the link below.

Description of Skill levels

How to Register for Sessions

There will be 10 classes this summer. Sessions are on a “first come, first served basis”. Secure your spot as soon as you know which classes you want your young sailor to attend.
You may register online and pay by credit card; OR download the Application/Waiver and deliver it in person with payment, cash or check.

To sign up in person
If you choose to pay by check or cash, download and complete the Application/Waiver. You must then call/text the Program Director, Ben Hermelin at 314-349-9929, to schedule a time to drop off the application and payment. Your child’s reservation cannot be guaranteed until payment is received.

Click here to fill out Application/Waiver

To sign up Online
If you choose to sign up online, click the link below for the class you would like your sailor to attend and follow the instructions. Online reservations for each class will close 48 hours before the class starts. If the class is fully booked, you can complete the application to be added to a waitlist. You will be contacted if a spot becomes available.

MAY 31-JUNE 4 BEGINNER Homeschoolers
JUNE 7-11 BEGINNER Signup Page JUNE 7-11
JUNE 14-18 BEGINNER Sea Cadets
JUN 21-25 INTERMEDIATE Signup Page JUN 21-25
JULY12-16 YOUNG BEGINNER Signup Page JULY12-16
JULY 19-23 BEGINNEER Signup Page JULY 19-23
JULY 26-30 INTERMEDIATE Signup Page JULY 26-30
AUGUST 2-6 BEGINNERS Boys and Girls Club

Cancellation Policy:
A full refund will be provided for cancellations made more than 48 hours before the start of class No refund will be provided for cancellations made less than 48 hours before the start of class. (Exceptions to this may be made for family emergencies or health challenges.) For extenuating circumstances, please contact the Program Director at 314-349-9929 or kwsceducation@gmail.com.

About Our Instructors:

This year’s classes will be taught by Ben Hermelin, Program Director and Heidi Ruse, returning Head Instructor.
Both instructors are certified through US Sailing. They have instructed sailing on a variety of boats, in private lessons and classroom environments.
The directors, officers, and staff at the Key West Community Sailing Center have a dedicated focus on Safety, Fun, and Learning.

For more information, kwsceducation@gmail.com or call/text Ben Hermelin at 314-349-9929

You may process payments online for After-School educational programs and services here.

To do this, please click the link provided below.

If you have any questions please call Ben Hermelin (314) 349-9929.
This link is for After School Programs only NOT Summer Camp.


Women’s and Men’s Weekend Sailing Returns!

We are happy to again offer free sailing classes for adults on the weekends.

Women’s Sailing – Every Saturday at 10 am
Men’s Sailing – Every Sunday at 10 am

The session begins with a class and then time on the water. It is led by Program Director Ben Hermelin, who is a certified instructor.

For the time being, these classes are limited to members, their family and friends – as we continue to keep numbers down during Covid. Please join in if you . . .
• Are curious about sailing but have no experience
• Have some sailing experience and want to learn more
• Have extensive experience and want to share your passion for sailing
• Want to extend your social circle
If you’d like to become a KWCSC member, click here.


We are happy to report that the sailing center offers a variety of activities this year. We do this, of course, with Covid safety measures in place. Masks and social distancing are required on Center property. Life jackets are required on the water.

This program is possible through the leadership of Program Director Ben Hermelin and Commodore Russ Vickers, who are working together to make it successful. If you wish to participate, please email or call/text Ben at (captnben@icloud.com) or text (314-349-9929). You may need to reserve a Center boat from Ben for a program you are attending.

The Center’s Board of Directors adopted the following 2021 program plan:
Underway now
Women’s Sailing – Every Saturday at 10 am, Center members and their female family and friends of any level (beginner through advanced) enjoy a lesson and on-the-water time together.
Sunday Afternoon Races – Every Sunday. Skippers meeting at 1 pm.
Private Sailing Lessons – For members: $45; non-members $65.  
Men’s Sailing – Every Sunday at 10 am, Center members, their male family and friends enjoy a lesson and on-the-water time together.
After-School Enrichment – Six groups meet weekly (three schools, two homeschool groups, and a Navy youth program) for sailing lessons this winter/spring semester.
MARC House Outings – We take MARC participants out on the water multiple times during the year as part of a long-term partnership.
Sailing Regattas – We plan three to four events over the coming year.
Summer Camp – We will offer 10 one-week sessions and hope to serve up to 125 kids, including many via scholarships. Click Here for the Youth Program Application Waiver form.
Stay tuned for further details.

Ben Hermelin, Program Director, (314) 349-9929 is available for adult instruction. Please give him a call if you wish to get adult lessons.