Social Emotional Learning in Sailing

Welcome Sailors, Parents and Interested Centers! We’re Excited To Tell You More About the Siebel Sailors Program. Please See Below for Specific Information Catered to Your Needs.


The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation was founded in 1996 to support projects and organizations that work to improve the quality of life, environment, and education of its community members.  In 2019, they partnered with US Sailing to launch the Siebel Sailors Program, with the goal of increasing opportunity and promoting diversity in the sport of sailing.


The Siebel Sailors Program is a endeavor by US Sailing to get more youth into sailing across the country. The program launched in 2019 and has served over 700+ youth annually from all over the country. We accomplish this by partnering with community-based sailing organizations across the United States that share our goal of getting underrepresented youth into the sport of sailing.  

In order to break down barriers to accessing sailing, the Siebel Program provides Siebel Centers and its sailors with everything they need to get out on the water. After three years as a Siebel Center, all the equipment remains at the sailing center so sailors can continue developing and achieving! 

The Siebel Sailors Program is a unique and holistic experience for sailing centers, parents, and youth alike. Our program intentionally combines a welcoming environment, emotional development practices, adaptable skill progression, and the highest standard of safety! Informed by the latest research in positive youth development and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s American Development Model, the Siebel Sailors Program helps youth set up a growth mindset for lifelong play and problem-solving beyond sports. 

The Siebel Sailors Program gives youth from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn to sail and to become lifelong members of the sailing community. Our methods attract new and diverse youth to the sport AND retain them from one youth program to the next. The Siebel Sailors Program stresses the value of positive coaching and openly celebrates the diversity of people who can participate in sailing.  

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