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Charleston Community Sailing Expands Popular Sailing Program for Kids with Autism



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Charleston Community Sailing is excited to announce an expanded summer sailing program for kids with Autism. Camp Cool now offers 2 one-week sailing programs to learn basic on-the-water skills and experience adventure-packed days on the Ashley River and surrounding waterways.

While located on the coast with numerous waterways, Charleston has many residents who have never experienced what the city’s shores can offer. Camp Cool aims to bring on-the-water opportunities to children ages 10-17 and teach the numerous life lessons of sailing, including tackling new challenges, teamwork, self-confidence and leadership.

“I know sailing helps with confidence, team work and offers an exceptional environment for hands on learning,” says Scott Herman, a local sailor and father who created Camp Cool. “We were so excited to see the success in the first year of camp and are equally excited for the growth this year.  Our goal was to help kids and now we can help even more.”

Two sessions, June 28 – July 2 and the following week of July 5 – 9, Camp Cool will enable children to discover a love for being on the water, meet new friends and create lasting memories. The program, which aims to empower children, will cover general sailing knowledge, including instruction on:

  • water safety rules
  • wind direction
  • points of sail and sail trim
  • boat parts
  • current and tide conditions
  • weather
  • knots
  • rigging/de-rigging

Camp Cool will run Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. during the weeks if June 28 – July 2 and July 5 – 9. Camp Cool is funded by generous community donors and businesses, allowing sailors to participate at no cost this year. For more information, visit

About Charleston Community Sailing

Founded in 1999, Charleston Community Sailing’s mission is to promote waterfront access, facilities and sailing instruction to all, regardless of socioeconomic background, skill level or physical ability. Camp Cool is the newest program offered through the organization, which has taught more than 7,000 children, produced 10 scholastic sailing teams, and includes a STEM Education outreach program, Women on the Water (WOW), partnerships with the SC Special Olympics Team and a full-time director with staff.

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