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.

Summer Sail Camps

Sail Camp at the Wind and Water Learning CenterFirst Full Week of June through First Full Week of August

Resident Rate: $175/week    Non-Resident Rate: $200/week (Rates subject to change.)

US Sailing Certified Level 1 Small Boat Instructors guide campers 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 at 8 a.m. March 1st on ActiveNet

Sail Camp registration is through the platform ActiveNet. You will need the following info to register your camper. BE PREPARED TO PROVIDE ALL OF THIS INFO AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION:

  • Any allergies and/or medical conditions
  • Camper’s approximate height and weight
  • Camper’s T-shirt size
  • Camper's swimming ability
  • A list (if applicable) of people and their contact info that you authorize to pick up your child from camp

Once registration opens, click on the links below to sign up. 

Age grouping

  • Sandpipers (6-8 years old = rising 1st - 3rd graders) 
  • Pelicans (9-11 years old= rising 4th - 6th graders)
  • Ospreys (12-14 years old= rising 7th-9th graders)
  • High School Sail Week (15 -17 years old = rising Sophomores - Seniors).

Dates: 

June 3rd - 7th, 2024

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Pelicans
  • 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Ospreys

June 10th -14th, 2024

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Pelicans
  • 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Ospreys

June 17th - 21st, 2024

  • 9 a.m. -12 p.m. - Sandpipers
  • 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Pelicans

June 24th - 28th, 2024

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Sandpipers
  • 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - High School Sail Week

July 8th -12th, 2024

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Pelicans
  • 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Ospreys

July 15th-19th, 2024

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Pelicans
  • 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Ospreys

July 22nd-26th, 2024

  • 9 a.m. -12 p.m. - Sandpipers
  • 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Pelicans

July 29th - Aug 2nd, 2024

  • 9 a.m. -12 p.m. - Sandpipers
  • 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Pelicans


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.

Women's Sailing Workshop

 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.

Kayaks

Women's Sailing Workshop Series

July 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. 

Women's Sailing Workshop Weekends 2024:

  • May 17th-19th
  • July 26th-28th
  • September 6th-8th

ACA Kayak Courses

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 are announced throughout the year. Costs vary by course. 

ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification Workshops

  • Taught by ACA L3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer
  • Participants can bring their own kayaks and gear, or rent kayaks at a rate of $25/day while taking this course
  • $175 per person per day (workshops will run with a minimum of 4 participants, and a maximum of 10 participants)
  • The minimum age to participate is 16 years old
  • For more information, call 251-424-5909 or email jmcgonigal@orangebeachal.gov.

ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor L1-L2 Certification Workshop 2024 Dates:

  • April 15th-19th

Introduction to Paddling

Develop skills in safe, responsible, and enjoyable kayaking in sit-on-top kayaks. We take a hands-on, in-the-water approach to teaching efficient paddle strokes, best trip planning practices, and safety skills. This course is all about getting you comfortable on calm, back bay waters and teaching people who are brand new to paddlesports. A formal ACA skills assessment or a private course session for this class can be arranged. Please contact Jackie McGonigal at jmcgonigal@orangebeachal.gov to schedule this. 

  • $125 includes kayak/gear rental plus instruction
  • May 14, 2024 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 4, 2024 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Flatwater Kayak Rescue & Safety

Develop skills in safe, responsible, and enjoyable kayaking in sit-on-top kayaks. We take a hands-on, in-the-water approach to teaching efficient paddle strokes, assisted and self-rescue using little or no equipment, best trip planning practices, and safety skills. This is a great course for those who want to be better prepared to handle themselves on the water, or to help others in their kayaking group. A formal ACA skills assessment or a private course session for this class can be arranged. Please contact Jackie McGonigal at jmcgonigal@orangebeachal.gov to schedule this.

  • $125 includes kayak/gear rental plus instruction
  • May 15, 2024 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 5, 2024 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Coastal Kayaking Skills

Develop skills in safe, responsible, and enjoyable kayaking on the following crafts: traditional decked sea kayaks, inflatables, and sit-on tops. The use of spray-skirts is not part of this course. This is a great course to take in preparation of open water kayaking and multi-day paddle trips. We take a hands-on, in-the-water approach to teaching efficient paddle strokes, assisted and self-rescue, best trip planning practices, and safety skills. A formal ACA skills assessment or a private course session for this class can be arranged.  Please contact Jackie McGonigal at jmcgonigal@orangebeachal.gov to schedule this.

  • $125 includes kayak/gear rental plus instruction
  • Aug. 15, 2024 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 20, 2024 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Essentials of Kayak Touring

This course is for kayakers who wish to further develop and refine their skills of safe, responsible, and enjoyable kayaking in traditional decked sea kayaks. The use of spray skirts is an optional part of this course.  Class emphasis is on safety and best judgment on the water, as well as rescue techniques that can be performed with minimal equipment. This class is for those who are preparing for longer mileage on the water, or for those who are starting to lead groups of people in paddlecrafts. A formal ACA skills assessment or a private course session for this class can be arranged.  Please contact Jackie McGonigal at jmcgonigal@orangebeachal.gov to schedule this.

  • $125 includes kayak/gear rental plus instruction
  • Aug. 16, 2024 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 21, 2024 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Paddle & Paint Kayak Excursions

Led weekly during the Summer; can be booked privately Fall, Winter & Spring

$55/ participant 

June - July Wednesdays 5PM - 730PM (with the exception of July 4th week = there will not be an excursion on Wednesday July 3rd, 2024)

On this two-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)

Step One

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

  1. Enter your email address. Click "Next."
  2. Fill in your name, and date of birth and create a password. Required fields are denoted by a red asterisk.
  3. Accept Terms of Use and click "Next."

Steps Six

  1. 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.
  2. Click "Submit."

Please note: Cell phone numbers are required. It is an essential communication tool for the sports director/staff and volunteer coaches.

Step Seven

  1. Congratulations, you have created your Active Orange Beach account! You will receive an email to activate your account.
  2. 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."

  1. On the "My Family Members" page, click on "Add family member".
  2. 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.)

  3. Click "Submit" and the family member is added.