Class Information

Where do I go for classes?
All classes will be held at the Community Sailing Center. Located on the Burlington, Vermont waterfront just north of Burlington’s A_Dog Skate Park. To reach us by car, turn right onto Lake Street and follow it past Waterfront Park. Cross the train tracks and keep right to continue past the skate park. We are located at the end of Lake Street, and our front doors face the skate park. We’re also easy to find by bike or foot on the Burlington Bike Path!

What if I can’t make it to class?
If you’re unable to make it class, please call the Center at (802) 864-2499.

What if it’s raining?
While we will never go out on the water if the weather is dangerous, rain alone is not considered dangerous. Class meets at all scheduled times, regardless of the weather.

How wet will I get?
Participants in dinghy classes should come prepared to practice capsize recovery on their first day. This is a simple but essential skill for every dinghy sailor that involves tipping a boat onto its side, swimming briefly in the lake, then righting and re-boarding your boat. Opportunities for drying off and changing clothes will follow shortly afterward.
Participants in both dinghy and keel boat classes should come prepared for weather that may include rain or, even on sunny days, spray or waves washing over the deck.

What should I bring to class?
Please be prepared for conditions that range from 85° F with bright sunshine and no wind, to 48° in a rain squall with 18 knots of wind.
The Center will provide a life jacket for every participant. You are welcome to bring your own USCG-approved Type III Personal Flotation Device if you have one. The Sailing Center reserves to right to review all PFDs brought from home. Please remember that water and electronics don’t mix. We advise leaving all cell phones ashore with their ringers turned off. There will be opportunities for leaving these devices in a supervised location in our office while you’re on the water.

Every CSC participant should come to class with the following items:

  • 1 quart of drinking water (minimum) in a reusable water bottle
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses -with safety strap!
  • Closed-toe shoes that can get wet (old sneakers work well – no flip flops)
  • Insulating layers -fleece vest, jacket or sweater
  • Rain jacket
  • Change of clothes and shoes, towel

Full-day programs will have a brief mid-day opportunity to eat a packed lunch or go to one of the nearby restaurants.

Additional Sailing Opportunities
Friday Night Dinghy Racing
Put your dinghy skills to the test in one of our casual weekly races. Races are held every Friday of the summer, June 23rd – August 25th. Availability is first come first serve with sign-up starting Friday at 5pm; first race begins at 6pm. Individual sailors may bring their own crew to the event or match up with someone else upon arrival.
Private Lessons
Get some additional one-on-one instruction to refine what you learned in your group class. Private lessons are also a great way for dinghy graduates to make the transition to keelboat sailing and vice versa. You can request a private lesson online here or contact the CSC via phone.
Women in Wind Club
The CSC is proud to host the new Women in Wind Club. Anyone who identifies as a women is welcome to join regardless of her sailing ability. For more information can be found on our website here or call 802-864-2499.

Please call the Sailing Center anytime at 864-2499. General inquiries can be directed to

More information is available at

See you on the water!