15% Off Apparel & Accessories for High School & College Sailors
West Coast Sailing has deep roots in scholastic sailing. Our staff members sailed for their respective school programs, have run teams as student athletes, and continue to both coach and volunteer. We are committed to providing the best selection and service for all of your scholastic sailing needs. We know what is important and what works - we've been there.
How To Shop With Scholastic Discounts
Enter the appropriate code in the "Coupon Codes" field during check out to apply 15% off eligible apparel and accessory items. It's that easy. We also offer fast, free shipping on qualifying orders with 366 day returns (shipping & return info).
High School Sailors : Use Code ISSA
College Sailors : Use Code ICSA
Canadian College Sailors: Use Code ICSA
Official Supplier of College Sailing
West Coast Sailing is pleased to support student athletes and teams as an Official Supplier of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA). We've partnered with Zim Sailing to provide equipment and charters for the various national championship events, and contribute 5% of all sailing program purchases back to College Sailing. When college sailors shop at West Coast Sailing, know that your purchases are supporting a key sponsor of ICSA! Use code ICSA at checkout to apply a 15% discount on apparel and accessories items - no sign up required. Find out more about our Sponsorship.
Official Supplier of High School Sailing
In addition to our partnership with ICSA, West Coast Sailing is also an official supplier of the Inter Scholastic Sailing Association (ISSA). Along with our partner company Zim Sailing, we're excited to continue offering 15% off apparel and accessories for students, discount on program purchases, equipment for single handed nationals, and more. Use code ISSA at checkout to apply a 15% discount on apparel and accessories items - no sign up required. Find out more about our Sponsorship.
Shop Recommended Gear for Scholastic Sailors
Share With Your Team!
Download a copy of our scholastic sailing info flyer to share with your teammates. This PDF document is easy to share via email, and has a gear checklist.
Scholastic Sailing Gear Checklist
1.) USCG Approved Life Jacket
A comfortable, well fitting life jacket is a must for spending time on the water, no matter the season. This is the most import piece of gear for any sailor. High School and College sailors should look for a life jacket that is US Coast Guard approved and fits comfortably. Sailing specific life jackets allow a full range of arm movement and should be sleek across the upper torso. We carry a range of life jackets at multiple price points for both adult and junior sailors.
2.) Waterproof / Windproof Spray Top
Most high school and college sailors will wear a spray top which is both waterproof and windproof. Sailing tops typically have water resistant gaskets at neck, waist and cuff and are cut so that insulating layers can be worn underneath. The waterproof material can be sticky against the skin in warm weather, so it's a smart idea to wear your spray top over a rash guard or UV technical shirt to improve breathability and to keep you comfortable in warm weather or over an insulating layer in colder conditions. It's not uncommon to see spray gear worn over a wetsuit as well.
3.) Waterproof / Windproof Spray Pants
Sailing pants should be waterproof and windproof and cover the sailor from the ankle to chest. Pants should not be excessively baggy and should be comfortable to wear when standing up as well as crouched. The classic 'salopette' is a full length waterproof pant that is chest height and has shoulder straps. This is the most common type of spray pant used by most high school and college sailors. We love the Gill Pro Salopette, which is available in both men's and women's versions and pairs great with the Gill Pro Top or Gill Dinghy Top.
4.) Sailing Boots
Sailing boots should be made of neoprene or rubber and provide some ankle support in addition to insulating the foot. Footwear for the high school or college sailor should have a durable sole, be lightweight and be designed to get wet.Thankfully, we make it easy to find a pair of boots that have these features with great options from Gill, Zhik, and Rooster.
5.) Gloves & Hat
Sailing gloves are typically made from leather, or synthetic leather, and help keep hands warm as well as provide extra grip for holding ropes all day. We offer a range of gloves from Gill, Zhik, and Rooster in both short finger (all finger tips open) and full finger (middle three fingers enclosed) styles. A popular alternative is rubber dipped gardening gloves such the Atlas brand. Sailors should also consider a nice wool or fleece hat for colder sailing days, as much body heat can be lost without one. A regular cap is great for warm, sunny days.
6.) Wetsuit or Drysuit
While it is not uncommon to see sailors using either a wetsuit or drysuit in the winter season, these pieces of gear are not recommended as your first purchase due to their lack of versatility and price. Both items are typically worn in the coldest of conditions and do not perform well for high school sailors on hot days. However, if you already own one of these pieces of gear they can come in handy on certain days. Sailing wetsuits are typically 3-5mm and come in a range of cuts. Most are reinforced at the knees and allow good flexibility. Sailing drysuits often have integrated booties and a front zipper.
7.) Insulating Layers (Base Layers, Mid Layers, Thermal Tops)
This is the one piece of gear that is least sailing specific, yet very important. Most new sailors will find something in their closet that performs well for insulation on the water. There are however a few basic points to keep in mind. Good layering starts with a good base layer, which should be lightweight and made of a natural or synthetic fiber that wicks moisture away from the skin. Mid-layers can range in thickness according to weather and should again be made of wicking natural or synthetic fibers (such as wool or fleece). It is very important that sailors avoid cotton while on the water, as cotton will loose all of its insulating properties once wet.
Discount program is for active and registered ICSA and ISSA sailors.
Gear is for personal use directly related to scholastic sailing.
Does not include boat parts, hardware, sails, line, dollies, trailers, or new/used boats.
Discount does not apply to items included on our Deals page or items on sale as part of a short term promotion.
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