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  • American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Course (Ages 15+)

    Includes: Upon successful completion participants will receive their American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding certification.   


    Get the skills to become a Waterfront Lifeguard. This program promotes teamwork, leadership, and aquatic safety while introducing students to professional opportunities. Students will be required to pass a skills pre-test the first day of program. All water activities occur in the ocean, off the NESS docks, student should come prepared to be in the colder water for periods of time and bring extra warm clothes and towels to change into.

    Upon successful completion participants receive their American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding certification.

    Skill Prerequisites

    1. Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this module.
    2. Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed.
    3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. 
    4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
      Return to the surface and swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
    1. Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.

     Certification Requirements

    • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
    • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
    • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios
    • Pass both the Section 1—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and Section 2 Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

    Afternoon Class:

    Mon – Friday,  12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

    Week 1
     (June 26-30)

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    Week 8 (August 14-18)

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    Week 9 (August 21-25)

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  • Snorkeling (ages 7-12)

    Tuesdays & Fridays 12:30-2:00 pm          September 1, 4, 8 & 11

    Enrollment: minimum 6 students

    Cost: $100

    Jump into the ocean world by safely snorkeling the waters around Stonington Borough by foot and by boat all while having fun learning about marine life!  No experience in snorkeling is necessary, but a comfort in the water is a must.  All students will wear a life jacket and gear including mask, snorkel, and wetsuit will be available.  Includes: 2 boat days!

  • RC Laser Sailing (Ages 9-16)

    Mondays, 4:00-5:30 pm           May 1, 8, 15 & 22

    *no class Memorial Day

    Enrollment: minimum 4 students

    Cost: $100       

    This year NESS will have RC Laser Sailboats for students to learn a bit more about sailing.   Yup its what you think...RC stands for Remote Control Laser Sailboat!   Students will sail these boats while learning a new topic about sailing each week.   
  • Advanced Keelboat (ages 11-16)   

    Monday – Friday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; June 27-July 1, July 5-8*, July 25-29, August 8-12; $285/week 

    Pre-requisites: Keelboat Kids/Junior Keelboat/keelboat experience

    Intermediate to Advanced Level - This class is designed for students who want to learn more about sailing a keelboat.   More advanced sailing concepts will be taught as students take the next step in keelboat sailing.   Spinaker work, reefing, leaving and returning a mooring and stopping the boat while under sail are all concepts that will be taught in this class.
    *228/week, NESS will be closed Monday, July 4
  • Keelboat Kids (ages 8-12)   

    Monday – Friday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm       $285/week

    June 22-26; July 13-17;July 20-24; Aug 3-7; Aug 17-21

    Pre-requisites: none

    Beginner Level - Keelboat kids is your child’s first introduction to sailing onboard a 23’ sailboat.   NESS’s instructor will be onboard while students learn how to work as a team to cruise this boat around Fishers Island Sound.   This class will cover the basics of rigging, steering and navigating this larger platform all while having fun.
  • Just for Teens: 420s & Keelboats  (ages 13-16)

    Monday – Friday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm           $285/week

    June 26-30, July 10-14, July 24-28, August 7-11, August 21-25

    NEW COMBO CLASS!!!! This class is designed for students who want to learn  about sailing more technical boats. More advanced sailing concepts will be taught as students take the next step in the sport of sailing.    Spinaker work, using a trapeze and local navigation will all be taught during this week long class.     The club 420, Sonar and J-105 will be the primary boats for this fun class.
  • Surfing (Ages 11-17)

    Includes: surfing & boat rides    $310/week

    Feel the rush of surfing your first wave, riding down the line, shredding the gnar, or honing your surf skills.  Immerse yourself in this incredible sport and gain ocean safety knowledge, confidence, board riding ability and marine environmental awareness through our progressive instruction.  Travel by boat to hunt for beach breaks in safe coastal waters of Rhode Island.  Have fun, surf with friends, and generate a love of the ocean and surfing. 

    Morning Class:

    Mon – Friday,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm


    Week 1 (June 26-30)

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    Week 3 (July 10-14)

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    Week 5 (July 24-28)

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    Week 7 (August 7-11)

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    Week 9 (August 21-25)

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  • Top Ten Reasons to Learn to Sail at NESS

    Why learn to sail? Sailing is one of the most empowering activities, especially for children. Being out on the water, in a boat, sometimes all by oneself, with no parents around, enhances personal … more


  • Wave Monkeys (Ages 9-12)

    Includes: boogie boarding, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking & boat trips    $280/week

    Waves, waves and more waves! If you are a monkey and love being in the water and riding on waves, then this week is for YOU! We will be testing our water riding skills out on as many different types of boats & boards that we can. Boogie boarding, surfing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.  This is the ultimate water adventure, testing your core, balance and fitness. This class has been specifically designed for ages 9 – 12 years old so no experience is necessary as long as you are comfortable on and in the water. We will teach you the basics! Come have fun in the sun while learning valuable ocean safety skills.

    Morning Class:

    Mon – Friday,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm


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

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    Week 8 (August 14-18)

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    Afternoon Class:

    Mon – Friday,  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Week 1
    (June 26-30)

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    Week 3 (July 10-14)

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    Week 5 (July 24-28)

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    Week 9 (August 21-25)

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  • Week 5 (July 20-24)

    Animals in Season (PM Session, 1 pm - 4 pm)

    Summer, fall, winter, and spring; become a detective and investigate the changes in animals during different seasons. Delve into the camouflage capabilities of animals, learn how animals keep warm in winter and cool in summer, and investigate the migrations and hibernations some animals do at different times of the year.