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Digital Detox: Kids are swapping their screen time for sailing this summer

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Indianapolis Sailing Club on Geist Reservoir has offered the unique water sport in landlocked central Indiana since 1955.

The club holds sailing camps in the summer for kids as young as 8 years old.

"It's so unique and such a fun camp in the summer," Michelle Sarber, who runs the club, said. "They love it and they come back. We have a lot of kids who return every year."

Sailing is described as a "fun, calming activity."

The campers get on-shore instruction to learn all about sailing and how to sail.

"It's just fun, and you get to sail around and there is not to many limits," Tyler Orris said. "You can just sail anywhere in this section of the lake."

Sarber, said she thinks the sport will only grow in popularity in central Indiana, with parents looking for fun activities to keep their kids off their phones and video games.

"We filled up quickly because I had a lot of moms tell me this year that they wanted to keep their kids off their cell phones over the summer, and here they are doing something unique and are outside," she said. "So I think that has been a big factor for us this year."

The camp covers all levels of sailors from new to experienced and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the designated days.

Unfortunately, according to the website, all sailing camps are full aside from "Week 1 experienced sailors only."

Tune in Tuesday, June 18 to hear about another activity to keep your kids away from technology: Parkour.