Sailing & Paddling Programs
W&WLC follows cold water safety recommendations made by the USCG and the National Center for Cold Water Safety. Thermal gear (Neoprene, wetsuits, sailing or kayaking boots) is recommended for water temperatures below 75F, and is required for water temperatures below 70F. These temperatures occur mid October through late April along the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Youth Summer Sail Camps
First Full Week of June through First Full Week of August
Resident Rate: $175/week Non-Resident Rate: $200/week
US Sailing Certified Level 1 Small Boat Instructors guide youth and teens during week-long Sail Camps in June and July using Optimist Prams and Sunfish sailboats. Our Sail Camps are intended to introduce newer sailors to the sport or help older campers brush up on the skills they learned last summer in a safe and fun environment. Water safety and good sportsmanship are essential in all of our Sail Camp activities! All campers will need to be able to swim without fear of the water. We will play sailing games, learn knots, and practice the basics of sailing (capsize recovery, points of sail, rigging, how to notice weather and wind direction, sailing terminology, sail trim, and how to skipper and crew a dinghy). These camps fill up fast, so be on the lookout for registration to open in early March on ActiveNet!
Age grouping: Sandpipers (6-8 years old), Pelicans (9-11 years old), Ospreys (12-14 years old), Teen Sail Week (High School students).
Please contact the Wind & Water Learning Center Coordinator with any questions about your child’s age grouping, needs, and skills progression.
Small Group and Private Sailing / Kayaking Lessons
March through May | September through November
Resident Rate: $60/person Non-Resident Rate: $75/person
Scheduling is based on Instructor’s availability and scheduled WWLC programming. All gear (except thermal gear/footwear) is provided. Lessons can be booked for up to four participants for ages 8 years and older. Minors under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian; minors between ages 16-18 are eligible to take lessons in groups of 2 - 4 participants.
Sailing: We teach beginner and intermediate sailing skills in our Sunfish fleet using the US Sailing curriculum. All participants will be required to learn capsize recovery and demonstrate the skill during their first lesson. Learning topics include: on the water safety, weather and wind awareness, knots and rigging, capsize recovery, steering, sail trim and speed control, upwind and downwind sailing, points of sail, getting out of irons, right of way for sailors, and any other requested basics of sailing that can be accommodated by the WWLC at that time. Lessons are taught by a US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instructor.
Kayaking: We teach beginner kayaking skills in sit-in touring style and sit-on kayaks following ACA course guidelines. Learning topics include: on the water safety, trip planning and float plans, capsize recovery, paddle strokes, right of way for kayakers, gear selection, transporting kayaks, and any other requested basics of kayaking that can be accommodated by the WWLC at that time. Lessons are taught by an ACA Level 2 Coastal Kayak Instructor.
Women's Sailing Workshop Series
August through October
$260 / participant
A sailing workshop series taught by women, for women. Come learn sailing basics without intimidation! Ladies 18 years and older will sail in our Sunfish fleet. This series will consist of 10.5 hours of instruction led over the course of three days (Fri 5PM - 730PM, Sat 8AM - 12PM, Sun 1PM - 5PM). Minimum of four participants for the series to run capped at eight participants.
ACA Kayak Courses: Intro to Kayaking; Essentials of Coastal Kayak Touring; Instructor Certifications
Skill-based workshops are taught by ACA Coastal Kayak Level II Instructors. Instructor Certification courses are taught by ACA Instructor Trainers. These courses are open to the public and can also be led as private classes upon request throughout the year for small groups (5 students or fewer). Classes open to the public need a minimum of 4 participants to run, and are capped at 10 participants. Dates and registration announced throughout the year. Costs vary by course.
*Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification courses for Levels 1-2 will be led early May 2023. Stay tuned for dates!
Paddle & Paint Kayak Excursions
Led weekly during the Fall; can be booked privately Winter - Spring
On this 2.5 hour excursion, participants will learn multiple paddle strokes, making them a more efficient kayaker. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice basic watercolor techniques while creating their own work of art as they float in back-bay waters. "Unplug," take in a scenic sunset, and enjoy a peaceful paddle in Wolf Bay. Excursions need a minimum of 2 participants to run and are capped at 6 participants.
For any questions and more information email Jackie McGonigal or call 251-981-1063.
To register for activities, you will need to create an Active Orange Beach account.
View and download a printable version of Creating Your ActiveNet Account Instructions (PDF)
Start by accessing our new site at the City of Orange Beach website.
Steps Two and Three
Click "Sign In/Up" Then on the Sign In page, click "Join" below the Sign In button.
Steps Four and Five
- Enter your email address. Click "Next."
- Fill in your name, and date of birth and create a password. Required fields are denoted by a red asterisk.
- Fill in your Personal Information. Under "Phone," use the dropdown and select "Cell Phone." Then select your "Operator" (carrier - AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc.) and add your cell number. Required fields are denoted by a red asterisk.
- Click "Submit."
Please note: Cell phone numbers are required. It is an essential communication tool for the sports director/staff and volunteer coaches.
- Congratulations, you have created your Active Orange Beach account! You will receive an email to activate your account.
- Once the account is activated, you can add family members.
Adding Family Member(s)
Once your account is created and you sign in, you can add family members. On your "My Account" page click on "Manage Family Member."
- On the "My Family Members" page, click on "Add family member".
- Then add the new family member's information.
(For the phone number for children, parents should select "Cell Phone" on the dropdown menu again and select the operator/carrier.)
Click "Submit" and the family member is added.
ActiveNet Orange Beach site - City of Orange Beach website. After an account is created, you can enroll in an activity.
Go to the Activities page and select Activity.
Click “Enroll Now” on Activity Search Page or on the Activity details page.
After selecting the activity you prefer, you will be prompted to select a participant from a dropdown menu. Or add a family member, if needed. Click “Next.”
1Fill in the enrollment information for the participant. Some questions, such as the allergy one, require "yes" or "no," and more details if the answer is "yes". Other questions require filling in the participant's height and weight. Rating the participant's swimming ability and T-shirt size have dropdown menus. The last question requires typing in the name of the individual(s) authorized to pick up the participant. Additional questions will be part of Level 2 and Level 3 registrations. Click “Next” when complete.
On the "Shopping Cart" page, review the registration information then initial to consent to the Program Agreement and check off the Cancellation Policy acknowledgment. Both are required before registration can be finished and payment made. (Note: The Sail Camp fee for non-residents is $175, and for residents, it is $150.) Once done, click "Check Out."
1. On the "Check Out" payment page, put your credit card information in to complete the registration process. Once the payment is made you will see the Confirmation page and can view a printable receipt. You will also receive an email confirmation.
Thank you. For any questions about the ActiveNet registration, email Marc D. Anderson, Special Projects Coordinator.