Mariners Jr.


For many years we have received requests that we allow youth younger than 14 years old to join the Mariner program.  Due to insurance constraints this is not possible.  In response to the demand for a program for middle school aged youth we introduced Mariner Juniors.  The Mariner Junior program continues to grow.

The program is open to boys and girls interested in boats of all types. To participate in the fall season youth must be 12 years of age by November 1st. To participate in the spring season youth must be 12 of age by May 1st. The program is designed to offer a wide variety of water experiences, from rowing/paddling, Small Boat Sailing and Sailboat Racing (if qualified).

Classes on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays begin the week following the Mariners’ Information Night.

Wednesday class is from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.  Saturday classes are from 9:00am – 12:00 or 1:00pm – 4:00pm, based on your class placement.

Note:  please drop-off/pick-up youth on time.

In addition, each season Mariner Junior youth will be offered an overnight cruise on the Mariner Vessels (participation optional, reservations and additional fee required).

The Mariner Junior Program is sponsored by the South Coast Sailing Team. Membership is open twice a year; spring season and fall season. An Information Night for the Mariner Juniors is held each season (in September for the fall season and in February for the spring season) at the Orange County Sailing and Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point, CA 92629.

The Mariner Juniors have a membership fee of $145 per youth, per season, which along with completed and signed paperwork is due by Mariner Junior meeting #1 each season. The necessary paperwork can be obtained on this web site, at the information meeting, or at the first Mariner Junior meeting. Payment of fees and submission of paperwork entitles each youth to our classes, a Mariner Junior T-shirt  and a weekend cruise (optional-additional fee).

Small boat sailing is a great way to learn big boat principles.

Youth registering for Fall Classes must be 12 by November 1. Youth registering for Spring Classes must be 12 by May 1.


A swim test will be given on the first Saturday class. All Mariner Juniors must bring a swim suit, towel, and change of clothes to the first Saturday class.  Participants must demonstrate an ability to swim 50 yards (a life vest may be worn) tread water for 5 minutes and put a life vest on while in the water.


All scheduled classes are held either in the classrooms or on the water at the Orange County Sailing and Events Center,  34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point, CA 92629.

Mariner Junior Season Cruises

Optional overnight cruise to Newport each season. There is an additional fee of approximately $40 per person for participation in a cruise.

Optional Spirit of Dana Point day sail each season, if boat is available. There is an additional fee of $25 per person.

Required Dress

For Saturday classes youth are to wear something they can get wet in and Junior Mariner T-shirt.

Please contact Ruth Fassett at for further details and/or questions.

Additional useful link:

Mariner Jr. Calendar

Youth Emergency Information, Medical Release, & Liability Waiver