Did you know that the Oshkosh Area School District is one of the few in the world that teach sailing to their students? The other two places are Bermuda and New Zealand!
Sailing will take place most weekday afternoons in September in Millers Bay, located in Menominee Park, Oshkosh, WI.
Who runs the program?
Steve and Sara Eliasen are founders and directors of International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh (IYSO), a non-profit community recreational sailing program.
This school year marks our 14th season of providing our “Best Day Ever” Water Sport Adventure to students from various schools and districts throughout northeastern Wisconsin! We also teach sailing through the Oshkosh Rec Department (ORD) and to children from area Boys & Girls Clubs, OASD’s Lighted Schoolhouse Project and the Oshkosh Christine Ann Center. In addition, Steve has served as Program and Development Director with Sail Sheboygan, one of four US Sailing Olympic training centers in the US. The Eliasens andtheir experienced volunteer staff possess a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to share with students!
What if the weather is bad?
In the event of stormy weather, we will collaborate with teachers to make the decision to curtail or cancel the sailing day; however, we make every effort NOT to do that, and generally try to adjust events to accommodate the weather. We ask that students dress according to weather conditions! For example, If it is cold and damp, students might want to bring a winter jacket, blanket or sleeping bag to wrap up in.
What else do students need to bring?
Students should arrive prepared to be in the water, meaning they should be willing to try deeper water with a life jacket on! Each student should bring the following:
What about safety?
Safety is our top priority! IYSO is the largest school sailing program in North America, teaching as many as 2400 novice sailors over the course of 14 summers without incident. We maintain our zero-incident safety record by constantly evaluating and updating our gear, safety protocol and practices. Your child will be safe with us because: