Windward Sailing Club

(949) 675-9060

Monday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sailing Lessons

There's nothing quite like the feeling of the wind in your face as you sail across the water. Now, this feeling can easily be yours. We offer sailing lessons for all skill levels—from beginner to advanced—that prepare you to master a sailboat. Sign up for lessons today!

Basic Sailing Certificate

Private Instruction — 16 Hours on the Water

Windward's is the only club in the bay that offers private instruction for beginners. Our one-on-one classes ensure that you receive the necessary training to be safe and have fun on the water. Private instruction also allows you to learn at your own pace. Not being constrained by a weekly schedule can even allow you to finish the instruction in a shorter amount of time. Training for a basic sailing certificate includes:

  • Boat Preparation
  • Engine Review
  • Docking
  • Raising Sails
  • Trimming Sails
  • Rules of the Road
  • Tacking & Jibbing
  • Weather Helm & Reefing
  • Man Overboard
  • Anchoring
  • Boat Etiquette

Price: $850 — Includes the boat, instructor, and instruction for you and a sailing companion if you bring one.

Coastal Navigation

To be certified for sailing at night or during any overnight trips, you must complete this two-hour class or pass our navigation test. Our Coastal Navigation lesson is the basis of all navigation and covers:

  • Time-Speed-Distance Instruction
  • Chart Reading
  • Running Fixes
  • Set/Drift

Price: $175 — For Two People

Advanced Sailing

Windward's offers additional classes on:

  • Sail Trim & Shape
  • Small-Engine Troubleshooting
  • Advanced Anchoring Techniques
  • Boat Handling
  • Heavy-Weather Sailing
  • Advanced Man Overboard Techniques


Members with prior sailing experience may challenge our check-ride and navigation test to become a member by submitting a sailing resume and passing our tests.