The first year starts as a four-week summer program for upcoming 10th grade students. The purpose of this program is to provide the opportunity for students to empower themselves and learn survival skills that connect them to the natural environment through Sailing Courses. The program builds trust, leadership skills, self-confidence and teamwork.


At the end of the four-week program, all graduates are offered an active mentorship program for one year. Professional mentors will be available 24/7 for all the students throughout the year. 


We partner with outstanding local organizations to provide our students with the best professional guidance and enriching experiences; 





"It felt like an eternity that my son was gone on his trip--of course, it was not. In the short time that my son was away, he learned a lot about himself. He learned that although he had established his personal limits before the trip, it was certainly okay for him to push himself beyond them. My son learned teamwork, beyond what any sport could have taught him. When you are out in nature, you become one with the earth-- you become more grounded. My son arrived home, more grounded, confident and even seemed to have a different level of respect for me. I mentioned before that we enjoy camping as a family. Ironically, after my son came back from his trip, our family had packed for our annual family camping trip. Camping as a single mother, is a lot of work! This time around, my son pitched in and helped with just about all tasks. He started our campfire on his own, without the “cheat” resources (firestarters or other man made materials). On this trip, my son seemed to enjoy not only being around family, but he also enjoyed nature with a newfound respect and appreciation."


Swimming Lessons

Rescue Swimming

First Aid & CPR

Boat Safety Equipment

Personal Safety Gear

Emergency Procedures

Sailboat Orientation

Knot Tying

Parts of the Boats , Rigging, Sail

Point of Sail 

Tracking & Jibing

Man Overboard

Navigation Rules

Crew Coordination, Rules & Communication 

Weather Basics


Our partners from Island Sailing Club and Willamette Sailing Club will teach all students the basics of sailing with the end goal of students being self-sufficient on the water in dinghy and other small sailboats. In our "Learn to Sail" class we cover points of sail, basic knots, parts of a sailboat, basic rigging, teamwork on the boat, and much more. Each day we begin with a classroom session to teach new concepts and review the past day, followed by as much on water time as possible. While there is a focus on education and safety there is no shortage of fun to be had. With day trips around Ross Island, sailing into downtown Portland and anywhere else you can travel to by way of water and wind.

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Sail2Change will develop a mentorship connection which will begin at the end of the 10th Grade summer program and will last for one year. This program is available for all students. Each mentor will be assigned to a small group of students who can reach out to the mentor whenever there is an urgent need.  Especially the students that are selected to return the following year will be mentored on a regular basis in order to keep these students involved and prepared for the following year. The mentorship program will continue at the beginning of the third year for the returning students and will last until they graduate from high school.

"As time grew closer to departure for the trip, I grew anxious. More so, when I received an email stating that a swim competency test would occur prior to the trip. Up until summer 2019, my son was a 3rd generation, non-swimmer-in fact, he is the only one of my four children who can swim. Through Sail2Change, my son learned how to swim. My son, who is a very confident young man, had too much pride when he arrived at Columbia Park, where the test/meet and greet was held. I could feel his energy, he was anxious, worried and even a little upset, that he would have to unveil his hidden truth of not knowing how to swim. I will never forget, the Sail2Change staff, just got it. They did not pressure my son in front of his peers; instead they allowed him to save face. One of the Sail2Change swim instructors took a calm and cool approach to my son. The instructor waited until many-- if not all of the other teens left and stayed after to provide my son with a 1:1 swim lesson. Finally, my son learned how to swim in about an hour or so-- that quick! In that moment, my son’s confidence grew. It was also at that time that I realized my son would be in good hands."

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