Sailing Centers, Schools & Courses

 Sailing Schools and Courses, club info

Sailing associations from the US

list of Sailing Schools and Courses: part: I,II

Schools and Courses

Many companies offer boating courses that require one or two days or a weekend to complete. Some can last one or two weeks and can combine classwork and on-the-water experience in an exotic, resort-quality destination.

Some of these schools offer advanced courses such as preparation for a captain’s license exam, seamanship, maritime law, etc. Other private schools offer sailing instruction, vacation-and-learn packages and courses aboard charterboats, both power and sail. Fees depend on the length, depth and location of the instruction. Below you can find some private lessons, courses or schools.

Annapolis Sailing School

Annapolis Sailing School

The oldest and largest sailing school in the U.S. has spent over 30 years teaching
thousands to sail, and their senior instructors have had years of experience cruising or racing in all parts of the world. All are licensed by the USCG and are professionals in the finest sense, consistent and accurate. The A.S.S also has locations in St. Petersburg and the Florida Keys, and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

7001 Bembe Beach Road
Annapolis MD 21403

Orange Coast College Sailing Center

This program is one of the largest in the U.S., with more than 5 000 people enrolling in courses every year. These are open to anyone over the age of 14. This is a unique public program dedicated lo providing access for all to sailing and marine-related education. For those who want to experience all aspects of major ocean passages, try the Alaska Flage Pacific sail training cruise, a very special experience. Private support through the Orange Coast College Foundation makes the programs possible. Gifts funded the Center's building and the three dozen boats were donated or purchased wilh proceeds from other gifts.

1801 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, Ca. 92663

Waterway Radio & Cruising Club

Most members of this Club refer to it as the "Waterway Net". Started by amateurs in
the mid '50s and organized in 1963. this informal, non-profit group exists loday to aid skippers of small boats with communications, weather information, and other services related to their safety, well being and general boating enjoyment. The Net publishes a Roster of its members annually and a newsletter called The "Scuttlebutt", containing items of interest to the membership, usually three or four times a year. Membership is open to anyone holding a valid amateur radio license.

Waterway Radio & Cruising Club
27 Cheyenne Court
Palm Coast, FL 32137-8966

Save the Manatee Club

Founded in 1981 by Jimmy Buffcll, this club is concerned about the decimation of
manatees in Florida waters. They have created sanctuary areas for the animals, posted signs at spots which they are known to frequent, and advise boaters, how to be on the lookout for the shallow water mammals. Since 1974, more than 1,800 manatees have died in Florida, and only about 1,500 remain. Of 174 deaths reported last year, 54 of those were known to be from collisions with watercraft. You can help, and they'll even let you adopt your own manatee. When you Adopt-A-Manatee at $35 or over, you'll also receive a free Manatee Plush Toy.

Save the Manatee Club
500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751

Port Liberte Sailing Club

This club, also called The Gold Coast Sailing School, enables members to race or cruisea fully equipped J/24 Sloop in the most exciting harbor in the world without the expense or drawbacks of owning your own boat. They offer instructional, cruising, racing, and corporate learn-to-sail programs. Mid-week sailing and holiday express packages are available.

Waterway Guide & Cruising Club

For over 50 years, manners have relied on the Waterway Guide for the information they need in planning cruises, lis logical easy to use format contains data on marinas, bridge clearances and schedules, anchorages and uncharted hazards. Also included are attractions, tide and distance lablcs, mail drops and the handy Mariner's Handbook. The series is published in four editions covering the North, Mid Atlantic, South and Great Lakes regions of the U.S. Organized by the same group is the Waterway Guide Cruising Club which will give you the chance to meet fellow cruising mariners from 30 slates and three foreign countries.

A quarterly four page newsletter with vital information on changes in the ICW, bridges, customs, and legislation; as well as descriptions of new products, member
profiles, cruising and more. Members' fees and dues apply.


Spinnaker Sailing

Founded in the late 70s, Ihis is the oldest ASA certification school on San Francisco Bay,just minutes away from some of the best sailing grounds in the world. Their philosophy is a practical one, the sooner you put theory into application, the sooner you grow comfortable with being at sea.


At the Helm
Watergate Yachting Center

Instruction is aboard a variety of cruising sailboats. Sailing here is a metaphor for
learning about leadership and team building. In 1992, they added powerboating for women and a weeklong summer course for teenage girls, 12 to 18, to develop self-esteem and build confidence. They also provide sailing to three shelters for abused women - again using sailing as the metaphor for empowerment and taking control.

Olympic Circle Sailing Club

The foundation of this gieal sailing club is the training and support it offers. Whether
you are new to sailing, or an experienced sailor looking for new adventures, Olympic Circle has what you want. Thorough, top quality instruction from basic sailing through ocean Voyaging, a knowledgeable, supportive staff, the ideal location and a hand-picked fleet of fine yachts combine into a first-class operation.

800.223.2984 (nationwide)
510.843.4200 (local)
510.843.2155 (fax)

Cruising Club of America

The CCA is a private organization devoted to good fellowship among its members, the encouragement of good seamanship and seaworthy small craft. Membership is by invitation only and sponsors for a candidate must be able to assure the membership committee of the competency and experience in sea cruising of the prospect, usually by having been to sea with him either in his own yacht or together on some other vessel. The CCA is perhaps best known to the public because of its sponsorship, along with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, of the Newport/Bermuda Race. The CCA Blue Water Medal, awarded annually, 2012 Blue Water Medal to David S. Cowper is also generally known and coveted throughout the world.

Cruising Club of America
P.O. Box 80666
South Dartmouth, MA

Harbor Island Sailing Club

Established in 1969, this ASA school leaches levels from basic sailing to bareboat
chartering. Club consists of 36 vessels from 19 to 46 feet. Lessons, charters and sales are handled from two locations, Oceanside and San Diego, CA.

1880 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

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