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  • NESS is a Winter W O N D E R-land!

    Caroline Pierce
    December 9, 2015

    Thank you to those who stopped by the Holiday Stroll last week. NESS will be a winter WONDER-land all winter long! We have exciting homeschool, afterschool, and vacation day programs coming up!



  • NESS is Catalyst for Weather Station on Stonington Harbor Outer Breakwater

    Ben Yanni
    April 17, 2015

    As a service to the nautical community and to advance its educational mission, NESS contacted SailFlow last year to install a wind station and anemometer on the #4 Navigation Aid on the Stonington Harbor Outer Breakwater.



  • Final Summer Adventures

    Monday, August 29 - Friday, September 2         

    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Minimum: 6 students               Cost: $510

    Wrap up summer by surfing, wind-surfing, sailing, snorkeling, fishing, and learning marine science.  Get a taste of sailing on the 23 foot Sonars and in Optis for part of a day, then use some of the skills you’ve learned from sailing and apply them to wind-surfing.  Take the first exciting step in learning to surf by practicing your stance, balance, paddle technique, and duck dives safely in the harbor.  Snorkel for underwater critters and learn about how these animals have adapted to their environments.  Use your observations of these animals to create your own creature and use biomimicry to create a product that could benefit all humans.   

  • Adult Learn to Sail - Fall 2016

    Enrollment is limited to 4 adults per class.  No Experience Required

    Designed to build strong foundational sailing skills, this course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate sailors who want a refresher course.   The program provides a thorough introduction to sailing lingo, rigging and de-rigging, basic sailing maneuvers and safety and gets you some good sea time.
    Weekdays, 9:30 am-1:00 pm
    2 Days, $175

    Saturdays, 9:00 am-12:30 pm

    2 Days, $175

    Saturdays, 1:30-5:00 pm
    2 Days, $175
    Sept 6+7
    Sept 15+16
    Sept 19+20
    Sept 29+30
    Oct 3+4
    Oct 13+14 
    Oct 17+18
    Oct 27+28

    Sept 24 + Oct 1

     Oct 22 + 29

    Sept 10 + 17

    Oct 8 + 15

  • Family Sailing Wednesdays (Ages 16+)

    Wednesdays, June 24-September 2

    9:30-11:00 am or 1:30-3:00 pm

    Is your child participating in an adventure at NESS? This is a great chance to experience what makes us so great! Pick the time that overlaps with the camp that your child is in, and join an experienced instructor for an adventure in one of our 23' keelboats. This relaxed adventure provides the opportunity to steer and participate in basic sailing maneuvers.  A perfect taste of what sailing is all about.  If you are interested in one-on-one instruction, check out our private lessons, and build confidence on the water.

    $20 per person for 2 people, $60 for up to 4. 

    Please call NESS at (860) 535-9362 for availability.

  • Play-Yak = GAME ON! (Ages 9-12)

    Includes: kayaking & games    $220/week

    That’s right – you read correctly. This week is all about games and having FUN on the water. Kayak your way through the harbor and play games like capture the flag, sponge tag, kayak soccer, knockout, and create your own scavenger hunt. Test your paddle technique, balance and coordination in this week of getting out on the water and playing with your friends. 

    Morning Class:

    Mon – Friday,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm


    Week 1
    (June 26-30)

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    Week 6 (July 31-August 4)

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    Afternoon Class:

    Mon – Friday,  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Week 8
    (August 14-18)

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  • Body, Balance & Mind (Ages 11-17)

    Includes: stand up paddleboarding, surfing, and boat rides    $280/week

    Be introduced to two incredible sports that will keep you fit, focused and balanced! Give your body the boost of energy it needs by refreshing your senses and having fun on the ocean.  Explore Stonington Harbor on stand up paddle boards, while stretching, relaxing and testing your core balance. Ride the crystal clear waves of Rhode Island during surf class. No previous experience is needed, but an interest in the ocean and being active is a most.  This class is perfect for new or returning students.    

    Morning Class:

    Mon – Friday,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Week 2
    (July 3-7) *$225/week

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    Afternoon Class:

    Mon – Friday,  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Week 6
    (July 31-August 4)

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  • Wind & Waves (Ages 11-17)

    Includes: surfing, windsurfing & boat rides    $310/week

    The power of the ocean is supreme, come learn to harness this power!  The ocean and its connections with land give us the ultimate tool to play with – strong winds and crashing waves. This week you will have the opportunity to utilize them both. Test your skills in harnessing the wind while riding on a windsurf board.  Learn how to predict, select and judge waves while surfing. Experience the incredible feeling of riding the wind and waves while gaining excellent upper body strength, balance and core fitness!

    Morning Class:

    Mon – Friday,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Week 1
    (June 26-30)

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    Week 9 (August 21-25)

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  • Annual Fund



    You help NESS build brighter futures for the more than 6,000 students NESS reaches each year through your generosity. The Annual Fund contributes 20% to … more


  • Adventure Clashes (Ages 9-12)  

    Includes: boogie boarding, fishing, kayaking, boat trips, and snorkel adventures    $280/week

    Take part in this outdoor adventure clashes as you and your teammates choose from activities like kayaking, boogie boarding, windsurfing, standup paddle boarding, snorkeling, adventure field excursions, fishing and more! Learn the basics of choosing your adventure based on weather, wind, waves, navigation and local history while exploring Long Island Sound.

    Morning Class:

    Mon – Friday,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm


    Week 4 (July 17-21)

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    Afternoon Class:

    Mon – Friday,  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Week 2
    (July 3-7) *225/week

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    Week 6 (July 31-August 4)

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