Friends of Belmar Harbor presents:
Shark River Sailing & Science Academy
Registration has started. An exciting summer on the water is being planned.
Belmar will allow youth programs to operate this summer with limits and various guidelines. FOBH will continue to work closely with our host community and values their leadership and recommendations.
Due to the need to have smaller program sizes, and greater instructor to student ratio, especially for the Shark River Discovery camp, our cost per student this summer is much higher. Despite this FOBH is not increasing the rate levels for our Youth Programs, but we will not be offering the Early Bird Discount. Members are still receiving a discount due to their hours of volunteering. Anyone interested in volunteering membership should see the membership section of this web site.
It is important to note that the NJ Health Department lists individual sailing in their lowest risk category with multi person sailing being just one level higher. FOBH is dedicated to making the environment at our Shark River Sailing & Science Academy safe and low risk. We are dedicated and very much look forward to teaching our community youth life skills which are best learned through learning to sail￼, and introducing everyone about the natural wonders of our little bay.
It is our current plan to offer sailing and a our popular Shark River Discover camp beginning on Monday June 28. Discovery Camp. Due to the limited number of students, we recommend registering as soon as possible.
- Members contact Geoff for Discount Code after paying 2021 dues.
Youth Programs will be at the same rate level as previous years.
without a discount, Sailing $325 per student per week
without a discount, Discover Camp $275 per student per week.
Families who work in health services or are first responders should review our News Page for information about Ocean First Bank Scholarships.
Mayors Cup scholarships have been offered to the townships recreation department for those towns which border the Shark River Bay. Mayors Cup scholarship sailors are expected to be available to sail in the Mayors Cup regatta scheduled at the end of August. The Mayors Cup Regatta is an Optie race between the towns for young beginner sailors (just a few years of sailing experience and who attended SRSSA). Each town rec dept will select five sailors to represent their town. Contact your town recreation dept for more information.
Belmar Recreation Dept will have two weeks of sailing this summer. Contact Belmar Recreation department for more information. Belmar will choose a team to race in the Mayors Cup Regatta from any sailor who has attended FOBH SRSSA during the past few years.
The full refund deadline has been extended to May 31.
When registering, there is the option to obtain cancelation insurance from a third party via the Active Registration system.
Parents of sailing students will be offered the opportunity to see their young sailors on Fridays from our 23ft Pontoon boat. (depending on the weather).
We are planning on offering a one day membership to families of our 2021 students. It will be a Saturday or Sunday in early August. Sailing, Kayaking, and Stand-Up Paddle Boards will be available for usage depending on your skill levels. Tours of the Shark River will also be provide on our pontoon boat.
Adult Sailing classes will only be offered through private lessons. note: Often fellow members are glad to take out other members and provide some beginning sailing lessons.1
EXCITING NEWS: Ocean First bank has rewarded FOBH with money for scholarships, these scholarships will be offered to lower income families ($71,000 annual family income per year). The scholarships are very limited. Contact if you are requesting for one of these scholarships. note: there are only two scholarships remaining.
The Marine Environmental Science Program will not be offered in 2021.
Membership for 2021:
Dues will remain the same as 2019 and 2020. $150 for individual, $200 for a family of four.
Boating activities will be on weekends starting July 3 and ending on Labor day, with the possibility of limited boating in September.
Membership is offered to volunteers who can provide a service such as boat maintenance. Outboard specialist are very much needed and are eligible for a discount on membership dues.
Members are encourage to obtain a Safe Boating Certificate from the NJ State MVC to be able to maximize the enjoyment of boating.
A Calendar of event for the SRSSA and Members has been updated on this website. Members, and Alumni are encourage to join the SRSSA Group facebook page as a way to share information and photos.
All programs, activities, and events are subject to guidelines from US Sailing, the CDC, and state and local government and may be adjusted for social distancing. For example, one child per boat, or staggered arrival times. FOBH and the staff at our Shark River Sailing & Science Academy are optimistic about having a successful summer where we can enjoy the outdoor fun found on the beautiful Shark River Bay.
You may see a few of our staff and volunteers working on our boats and facilities this spring. Please contact us if you have any interested in volunteering by sending an email to and .
Good information found on the Programs page and the Life Skills Page of this website
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