Welcome to your Community Sailing Center!

mission
To encourage and celebrate the responsible use and long term stewardship of Lake Champlain by fostering educational and recreational opportunities for all members of our community.

The CSC is a community-based non-profit organization providing lake access and educational programs. The CSC has received national awards from U.S. Sailing for its innovative programming and hallmark performance, and is a vital community resource on the Burlington waterfront that provides recreation, education, and access to Lake Champlain for over 6,000 people each year.

We engage our community with the Lake through a wide range of educational and recreational programs that extend an open invitation to everyone regardless of age, gender, race, physical ability, or the means to pay. Our Signature Programs are specifically designed for youth development and people with disabilities, which enable under-served populations to access Lake Champlain. Our educational programs continue throughout the year, allowing students to study the human impacts affecting the lake in a hands-on teaching environment.

Using non-motorized boats – sailboats, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards – participants learn valuable life lessons that instill a sense of ownership in one of Vermont’s most valuable natural resources – Lake Champlain. The CSC is a valuable lakeside hub that provides award-winning programs for over 60 local community organizations, schools, and businesses.

As a recreational and educational cornerstone of this community, the Community Sailing Center is built on these core values:

  • Passion
    For sailing, for paddling, for the grandeur of Lake Champlain, and for the thrill of being on the water
  • Stewardship
    Of the lake through responsible practices, environmental education, and stewardship programming
  • Education
    Through a curriculum of sailing instruction, water safety, personal empowerment and a welcoming environment in which to learn
  • Access
    To the lake, both physically and conceptually, for all lifestyles and abilities, through our curriculum and tuition subsidies