It’s never too late to learn how to sail.

Whether you sailed as a child or always wish you had, our adult instructional sailing programs can get you out on the water and operating a sailboat with confidence in no time. We offer a variety of boats, instruction levels, and class times to fit your preferences and schedule – no more excuses!


Getting Started

First Sail

Take Your First Sail on Lake Champlain
If you aren’t sure if sailing is right for you or if you do not have time for a full course, this is the program that will get you out on the water. In partnership with US Sailing’s First Sail program, we are offering several opportunities throughout the summer for you to have your first sail.

First Sail With Foam Brewers

Take Your First Sail on Lake Champlain
Want to try sailing? Love local beer? Come on down to the waterfront every first Saturday of our season for our First Sail program in partnership with our neighbors Foam Brewers. We will sail in the afternoon and walk over to Foam Brewers to enjoy a tasty local post-sail beverage as a crew.


Learn to Sail Basics

Sailing Basics: Dinghy Learn-to-sail Course

Sailing dinghies offers an excellent opportunity to get an active, hands-on introduction to the sport of sailing. These fun vessels seat 2 adults and bring you close to the water, allowing you to feel how the waves and wind affect the boat immediately.

Sailing Basics: Keelboat Course

If you have never experienced big-boat sailing or enjoy the more relaxed side of the sport, then keelboats are the right boat for you. Along with several other adult students and an instructor,  you will be aboard a 23-foot Sonar keelboat, all learning how to sail together.

Women in Wind

Embrace the power of the wind and challenge yourself by sailing in a positive, supportive all-women environment.


Additional Opportunities and Clinics

US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification

The CSC is proud to offer the US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification. The BK Certification course covers basic and advanced sailing techniques, including reefing and anchoring. This is a one-day course for our graduates of the 15-hour Sailing Basics Keelboat Course.

Laser Skill Building Clinic

This 3 -hour class helps to build sailing skills and confidence for graduates of basic sailing courses. Content will focus on boat handling and intermediate sailing skills. This course is ideal for people who have taken our Dinghy basics course and would like more practice and help, or people who haven’t sailed in a while and would like to get back into it.