Wearing clothes appropriate for water sports will make the Hoofer Youth Program experience more enjoyable. Campers should dress for outdoor safety and comfort and should expect to get wet every day.

Ideal clothing would be: a swim suit and/or rash guard, old tennis shoes or close toed sandals with a heel strap and sunglasses with a strap and/or a hat. Hoofers provides all safety equipment including life jackets, should a camper have their own they are welcome to use it so long as it is U.S. Coast Guard approved, and is the proper size (snug).


  • Water bottle
  • Sun screen – some is provided, but we advise that campers bring their own just in case.
  • Dry clothes, dry shoes and a towel for after class
  • If attending a Day Camp or two sessions in a day, youth should pack a lunch or bring lunch money to buy a sandwich at the Memorial Union. Refrigerators are available.
  • Please do not bring valuables to class — Hoofers is not responsible for theft. Coin lockers are available for a quarter.


Hoofers strives to create a safe, welcoming environment for all and expects all youth participants to help us maintain the following guidelines:

  1. Demonstrate safe sailing practices, which include wearing a life jacket and appropriate footwear when on or near the water.
  2. Stick with your fellow sailors – this includes staying near an instructor while on the water or anywhere at the Union.
  3. Treat everyone as though they are your friend.


Students can be dropped off at the Park Street circle located between the Memorial Union and Helen C. White College Library.

Drop offs are not allowed earlier than 10 minutes before class time and pickups are not to be after 10 minutes of class completion.  Our instructors are busy using the time before class to prep for the day and will not check students in before this 10 minute period. We ask for a 10 minute period after class to finish cleaning, de-rigging boats and answering any last minute questions.

If your child will not be attending any given day, please inform us of this one day prior so we can make any necessary adjustments to our lesson plans.


Public parking is available within two blocks of Memorial Union (800 Langdon St.). The Lake Street and Frances Street ramps are between State St. and University Ave.

Metered parking is also available in University Lot 1 (between the Memorial Union and Red Gym), Lot 6 (H. C. White), Lot 83 (600 University), Lot 46 (600 W Johnson), and Lot 47 (700 W Johnson). Free parking in some University lots is available after 5 pm, please be sure to check the sign at the entrance to each lot.