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Spirit of America
Sail, Paddle, Power!



The registration for the 2022 course is now closed. If you would like to be contacted regarding next year's class, please leave us your contact information here.

Chippewa Yacht Club is pleased to partner with the Spirit of America Foundation National Premier Youth Boating Education Program and Medina County Park District to bring a youth boating education course to Chippewa Lake for middle-schoolers aged 12-15 years old.

Offering a unique, safe, and comprehensive water-based educational and recreational program, the Spirit of America Foundation instills confidence and fosters the Spirit of teamwork in our nation's youth. Our underlying goals also include developing self-esteem while nurturing responsible behavior and positive, lifelong ambitions.


Students will have the opportunity to obtain their Ohio Boating Education Course (OBEC) license, will learn how to operate different types of watercraft including sailboats, paddle craft, and motorboats, and participate in water-based activities that provide the opportunity to develop lifelong skills.  Based on a “learn by doing” program, students develop self-esteem, exercise teamwork, safe seamanship, boating and water safety practices, and demonstrate responsibility.


Commitment to participate in all of the following disciplines is mandatory for all Spirit of America students:

Student/Parent Orientation (immediately prior to OBEC)
Thurs, July 7
9-10 am at Krabill Lodge

Mandatory for all participating students and their parents. Program synopsis (dates, timing, locations, activities), Q & A, and informational materials presented in preparation for upcoming sessions.


Ohio Boating Education Course (OBEC)
Thurs & Fri, July 7 & 8
9 am-3 pm daily at Krabill Lodge

Students will earn their state boating license in a classroom-like setting. Passing this class (70% or above) is mandatory for further participation in the program. Parents are also welcome to attend and earn their boating license for FREE. Please note on your registration if a parent is planning to attend the OBEC class.


Drowning Prevention Pool Class
Sat, July 9
9-11 am
11 am-1 pm at Falling Oaks Swim Club, Medina

2-hour in-pool session. Students will be properly fitted for a life jacket and be introduced to drowning prevention techniques, equipment awareness, proper use of PFD, and learn capsize rescues.


On The Water Training Week (choose one session
9 am-2 pm daily at Chippewa Yacht Club


Session I: FULL Mon-Thurs, July 11-14  (July 15 is a weather make up day)

​Session II: Mon-Thurs, July 25-28 (July 29 is a weather make up day)


Daily hands-on, on-the-water opportunities as well as on-land instruction in canoes, kayaks, sailboats, motorboats, stand-up paddleboards, and personal watercraft (jet skis). Parents are invited to attend the graduation ceremony on the final day of each session.

This application requires the completion of a 50-word essay by the student. The application and essay submission deadline is May 31, 2022.

Cost is $150* per student which includes all course materials needed, a life jacket, and a t-shirt. Payment is due by May 31, 2022 to be considered enrolled in the course. *Need-based scholarships are available upon request. 

Space is limited and there is a high demand for this program. Daily attendance at all sessions is expected and mandatory for the successful completion of the course.

All course communication will be e-mailed to the address you provide.

Dates and times are subject to change due to lake and weather conditions beyond our control.

For more information about the Spirit of America Foundation, visit their website.

We are able to offer this program at an exceptional value due to grants, scholarships, volunteers and donations.
Need-based scholarships are available upon request.
This program is subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions mandated by the state of Ohio and
the Medina County Health Department. Please visit this webpage regularly to check for any program changes.
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