Learn to Sail Opportunities with info on the Net

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Sailing Schools

You should also check out the Sailboat Chartering page, since many organizations offer chartering along with education.
American Sailing Institute
Non-profit organization which offers sailing instruction and club membership to all. Detroit Metro, Michigan.

Atlantic Challenge
An international experiential education organization operating in eight nations. Atlantic Challenge programs practice, share, and encourage the rise of the skills of the sea including boat building, sailing, rowing, and seamanship.

Atlantic Yachting Academy
The Atlantic Yachting Academy is an adult oriented sailing school offering programs leading to Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) certification.

Baltimore County Sailing Center (BCSC)
Community sailing center located at Rocky Point near Baltimore, Maryland.

Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies (BCMS)
Erie, PA.

Capital Sailing London
Provides RYA training, examination and advice on marine activities for individuals and companies in the heart of London.

The Corpus Christi International School of Sailing, Inc.
Sailing school, chartering and also chartering in Belize.

Community Sailing of Colorado, Ltd
Located on Standley Lake in Westminster and Cherry Creek Reservoir in Aurora. Colorado.

The Downtown Sailing Center of Baltimore
A non-profit community based sailing organization based in Baltimore, Maryland. Their mission is to promote sailing by: Offering the community affordable access to quality sailing programs and events; Providing education in sailing and water safety skills at all levels for all ages; and Sponsoring both recreational and racing opportunities.

Blue Water Sailing School
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Les Glenans

Edison Sailing Center
Located on the south shore of the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers, Florida, the Center teaches children the fundamentals of sailing.

Glenans Irish Sailing Club
Located in Baltimore and Collanmore. Glenans Irish Sailing Club Ltd. is associated with, but separate from, the famous French sailing school Les Glenans.

HERIZEN TM Sailing for Women
Course designed for women by women provides personalized sailing and self-awareness instruction. Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

Hinchingbrooke Watersports Centre
Hinchingbrooke Watersports Centre is an RYA recognised teaching centre offering RYA Levels 1,2,3 and young persons Stage 1,2,3, Advanced Red and White as well as Powerboat Levels 1 and 2. Huntingdon Cambs, UK.

Full Sail Sailing School
Sailing school in the British Virgin Islands.

International Sail and Power Association
International Sailing & Power Boating Association is a non profit organization dedicated to training and seamanship. Providing logbooks, home study manuals for sailing, power boating, safety at sea and navigation. ISPA has recommended schools who provide instruction in yachting, power boating and learn to sail cruising vacations on the water.

Lake Merritt Boating Center
The Lake Merritt Boating Center is the City of Oakland's Urban Boating center. Oakland, California.

Mariner Sailing School
Located in Alexandria, Virginia.

Monterey Bay Sailing and Diving
Sailing cruises and Sailing School in Monterey, California.

Mumbles Sailing School
Swansea Bay, Gower, Wales, United Kingdom.

National Outdoor Leadership School
Includes their Baja Coastal Sailing Course

Navigation courses aboard Ocean Star

New York Sailing School
New Rochelle, NY.

OCSC Sailing - San Francisco Bay
Sailing school, chartering Berkeley, California.

Ocean Youth Club
UK part of this European sail training organization.

Offshore Sailing School
Since being founded by Olympic and America's Cup sailor Steve Colgate in 1964, Offshore Sailing School has been dedicated to bringing newcomers to this exciting world. And even more dedicated to providing the highest quality sailing courses available.

Orange County Marine Institute
Situated at the far west end of Dana Point Harbor, California, it is a unique educational facility helping children and adults alike experience our ever-changing ocean environment. They own the brig Pilgrim.

Ottawa Sailing School
Ottawa Sailing School, a member in good standing with both the Ontario Sailing Association and the Canadian Yachting Association, is dedicated to providing the highest quality sailing programs whether you've never stepped foot in a boat before or you are a seasoned sailor. Courses are offered in Ottawa, Kingston or down south.

The School of Ocean Sailing
Portland, Maine

Outward Bound
See also Hurricane Island Outward Bound which offers sailing both tall ships as well as the traditional pulling boats.

Rainbow Fleet
Information on the Chicago Park District/Rainbow Fleet sailing program, Chicago, Illinois.

River Cities Community Sailing Program
Louisville, KY.

Sailing Education Adventures
Community Sailing for the San Francisco Bay Area. Both for adults and children!

Society for the Education of American Sailors (S.E.A.S.)
A non-profit teaching organization teaching basic sailing on a fleet of Sunfish, Phantoms and sloops. They also offer instruction for bigger boat handling, cruising and racing.Chapters in NY and NJ.

Silver Waters Sailing
Offering lessons with flexibile scheduling, content etc aboard 19 foot Lightning in the Rochester/Syracuse, New York area. The owner is especially interested in helping other women get afloat.

Sistership Sailing School
A sailing school for women, couples and families in the British Virgin Islands.

Spinnaker Sailing
San Francisco Bay.

To The Max Sailing School
Big Boat training on the Maxi Yacht Obsession in Seattle during the spring and day chartering during the summer.

U.C. Santa Cruz Boating Center
Includes information on public summer boating classes.

Starpath School of Navigation

Traverse Area Community Sailing
Traverse City, Michigan.

WoodenBoat School
Courses on building wooden boats, seamanship, and other course useful for the sailor. You can check out my positive experiences cruising on Christmas in 1994, and a weather course in 1997.

The Wooden Yacht Fleet San Diego, CA

Youth Sailing Summer Camps and other Opportunites

The Buzzards Sailing School
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer
YMCA resident camps located on the coast of North Carolina.

Cape Cod Sea Camps
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Echo Hill Outdoor School
They are a non-profit environmental education center that emphasizes Chesapeake Bay and freshwater aquatics appreciation and education through utilization of a historic boat fleet and a campus that lies directly on the northern Bay.

Sea Scouts, B.S.A.

Sailing - U.S.A.
An online sailing course.


I'm always open to adding resources to my list, so if you know of other items, give me a holler: mbrmbr@acm.org

Form last updated: Aug 9, 2004



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