Spirit of America
Sail, Paddle, Power!



The registration deadline for the 2021 Spirit of America Program has passed. If you would like to receive information regarding our 2022 course, please fill out our interest form 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 2021 Spirit of America students:

Student/Parent Orientation (immediately prior to OBEC)
Thurs, June 10, 9-10:00 am at Chippewa Yacht Club
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, June 10 & 11, 9 am-3 pm at Chippewa Yacht Club
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 application if a parent is planning to attend the OBEC class.


Water Smart Pool Class
Sat, June 12, 9 am-noon at Falling Oaks Swim Club, Medina
In-water pool session. We will introduce Drowning Prevention and Equipment Awareness. Includes proper use of PFD and capsize rescues.


On The Water Training Week (choose one session
9 am-3 pm daily at Chippewa Yacht Club


Session I:  Tues-Fri, July 6-9 (weather makeup day July 10)

​Session II: Tues-Fri, July 13-16 (weather makeup day July 17)


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). Graduation ceremony and optional family boating opportunity on the final day of each session.

Application for the course requires the completion of a 50-word essay by the student. Attendance at all four sessions of the Spirit of America course is mandatory for all participants. Space is limited.


Learn more about the Spirit of America Foundation here.

We are able to offer this program at an exceptional value due to grants, scholarships, volunteers and donations.
Scholarships are available.​
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.