The Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway includes the lower 52 miles of the St. Croix River between Taylors Falls, MN/St. Croix Falls, WI and the confluence with the Mississippi River at Point Douglas, MN/Prescott, WI. The lower St. Croix was the first river added to the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Program by Congress in 1972. Our home is within this magnificent stretch of river centered on the waterfront of Hudson, Wisconsin. Our young sailors enjoy sheltered water in Hudson Bay or more open water on Lake Saint Croix, which is directly adjacent to the south of Hudson Bay.
The Saint Croix Sailing School Inc. admits students of any race, color, national origin and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship or other school-administered programs.
Our other policies
It is our policy that every student, as well as instructors, must wear PFDs at all times when on or near the water. No exceptions.
It is our policy that all students pass a swimming test on the first day of class. Students must be comfortable in the water and must be able to swim 50 feet with a life jacket on.
It is our policy that all instructors and coaches have Red Cross certification in CPR/first aid and have completed US Sailing instructor training.
It is our policy to expect students to follow certain rules that promote the safety of all. Parents will be notified of persistent problems with their child’s behavior. Those students who continue to be disruptive may be asked to leave.
It is our policy that students are not considered registered until a completed registration form and full tuition fees have been received. Some scholarship funds are available based on need. If you wish to make payment arrangements, please contact the school. Space in classes is on a first-come basis.
It is our policy that if you need to withdraw from a class, a full refund will be made until two weeks before the start of the class; a 50% refund until one week before the class; no refund after that time. If you are able to find a replacement to enroll in the class, the school will make a full refund.
It is our policy to make every effort possible to sail whenever weather permits. If inclement weather is forecast, the class may be conducted on shore. Student safety will always be our highest priority.
Some of our sessions offer the choice between different types of boats. When assessing the student, SCSS reserves the right to move kids to a different boat if we think that will provide better safety for the child, a better experience, and a better learning opportunity.
Gift Certificate Policies
Gift Certificates do not expire.
Gift Certificates are refundable, with the exception that after being applied to a registration, our standard refund policies apply.
Gift Certificates are valid for face value of the certificate only. Note that our session offerings change from year to year, as do our prices.
Gift Certificates are transferable and are not session-specific. A student receiving a certificate may register for any session he/she desires.
What To Bring
Other highly recommended items:
- Rubber-soled, non-skid CLOSED TOED shoes (to be worn at all times — they will get wet): tennis shoes, boat shoes and water shoes are all good choices.
Sandals and flip flops are not allowed.
- Sunscreen (apply early and often, even on cloudy days)
- Sunglasses are very helpful (especially polarized)
- Water bottle (bring full)
- A change of clothes
- Sweatshirt for cooler days
- Rain jacket for wet days
- A bag lunch for full-day sailors
- A bag to store everything
- Croakies or a strap for your eyeglasses or sunglasses
Marking all your items with your name is a great idea. And remember, ALL ITEMS MAY GET WET!!!
Which boat is right for your sailor?
Here’s the summary on selecting the right boat:
- Age 6/7 – 15; any experience level; less than 130 pounds: Optimist Dinghy
- Age 12 – 18; any experience level; 120 pounds or more: Club 420
- Age 12 – 18; intermediate to advanced level; 135 pounds or more: Laser
If you have any questions about which boat or session to sign your sailor up for, please use the Contact Us form, or give us a call at: 715.808.4114 (in-season only).
SCSS reserves the right to move kids to a different boat if we think that will provide better safety for the child, a better experience, and a better learning opportunity.
Our Boats - The Optimist Dinghy
The “Opti” was designed to teach sailing to kids and is popular throughout the world. The Optimist offers children a full range of sailing experiences from simply having fun and learning new skills to learning to race and participating in regattas. Because of its size and stability, it is an ideal boat for learning basic sailing skills while building confidence on the water. Once basic skills are mastered, young sailors can continue to refine their abilities all the way to a world championship. Twin Cities Youth Sailing offers local regatta opportunities most Fridays during the summer. The school will supervise and coach students who have the interest and proficiency to compete. School-owned Optis are provided to students enrolled in classes; this is generally the boat of choice for younger and lighter sailors (through approximately 120 pounds).
Our Boats - The Club 420
The Club 420 is used world-wide as a junior trainer and is the de facto double-handed race boat of choice for junior sailors through high school and college. The boat is always sailed with a main and jib but can also be rigged with spinnaker and trapeze. The boat is simple and stable enough for first-time sailors yet offers challenges that keep world-class sailors interested. Locally, Saint Croix Sailing School athletes who have reached the appropriate level of proficiency will be able to participate in Twin City Youth Sailing events held on Fridays on area waters, as well as in the ILYA Youth Championship and other national-profile regattas. School-owned 420s are provided to students enrolled in classes.
Our Boats - The J/22
People say the J/22 is the best sailing boat they have ever been on, including other J’s. It’s responsive, stable with its fixed lead keel and safe, as much fun to single-hand with main only as it is to plane under spinnaker in 18 knots of wind. It is one of the most popular sailboats ever produced, with over 1,600 boats sailing in 65 fleets! It is extremely active in sailing clubs on Lake St. Croix and throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
Other Boats - The Laser
The Laser is the choice for the more advanced single-handed junior racer. Lasers are an Olympic-class boat and are raced throughout the world. The standard Laser hull can accommodate several optional rigs to match the weight and experience of the racer. The Saint Croix Sailing School offers Laser instruction and coaching to support young athletes at every level. Laser sailors have many local options for racing, including Twin City Youth Sailing events, club racing at many local yacht clubs and Laser District 21 events. The school offers storage space for Lasers, but Laser sailors must provide their own boats.
Federal Employer Identification Number
Our Federal EIN is 26-3596269. This number may be required if you treat class fees as dependent child care.