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Learn to sail! What else can we say? We know that almost every one has, at one time or another, wanted to try sailing; as a result, sailing has become one of the most popular sports - whether you're talking about sailing in San Francisco or around the world! Using guidelines established by the American Sailing Association, our parent company, Spinnaker Sailing offers courses to students from all walks of life.

Our philosophy itself is a practical one...we realize our students sail with colleagues, friends and family - usually not proficient sailors - so we give our students the skills to teach their fellow sailors how to have fun, safely on the Bay. 90% of our instruction is on-the-water. The sooner you put theory into application, the sooner you grow comfortable with being at sea. You’ll be guided in a step by step, hands-on approach to sailing, striving towards a certificate of completion from the nationally recognized American Sailing Association.

Course Cost mem/non # Student Hours Cert?
Basic Keelboat Sailing I
   •Special Discount •
BK1&2 together is $845
$372 / 495 4 12* No
Basic Keelboat Sailing II $372 / 495 4 12* Yes -*
Basic Coastal Cruising $712 / 945 4 24 Yes -*
Intermediate Coastal Cruising $972 / 1295 4 48 Yes -*
Coastal Navigation & Piloting $150 / 150 1 3 Yes -*
Advanced Coastal Cruising $1195 / 1595 5 48 Yes -*
Docking & Boat Handling $220 / 295 4 6 Yes -*
Private Instruction $90 / 105 hr. 1-4 3 hr. min. No

*12 hours assumes 3-4 students in the class.
-* Certification costs are additional. ASA membership is $50 and each test is $35.

As one of the oldest ASA sailing schools in existence, our programs and instructors have met the high standards of ASA certification, with many having exceeded the requirements by far! Our teaching staff includes ASA licensed Masters, Coast Guard Captains, and numerous international racers with years of experience.

Basic Keelboat Sailing 1
(2 six-hour days)
Midweek: Mon. & Tues. 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Weekend: Sat. & Sun. 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Basic Keelboat Sailing II
(2 six-hour days)
Midweek: Wed. & Thurs. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Weekend: Sat. & Sun. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Basic Coastal Cruising
(4 six-hour days)
Midweek: Mon. - Thurs. 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Weekend: 2 Weekends 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Intermediate Coastal Cruising Weekend: Sat & Sun  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Coastal Navigation Self-Study. Order your kit now! Call 415-543-7333.
Advanced Coastal Cruising
(3 liveaboard days)
Weekend: Fri. 5:30 PM - Sun. 5:30 PM
Docking & Boat Handling Weekend: Either Sat or Sun 9am - 3pm

At Spinnaker Sailing School in San Francisco, you'll be learning on sailboats carefully selected for sailing in the challenging conditions of the San Francisco Bay and Coastal Areas. All of our boats are well equipped with all the gear necessary to sail safely and comfortably on the Bay, along with all of the necessary safety and emergency equipment as required by the U.S. Coast Guard. Our full-time maintenance staff assures that the equipment is always in working condition.

There's a big difference between excellent sailors and excellent Spinnaker Sailing we realize this, and know that patience and confidence are key to your success on the water. We take great care in the selection of our instructors to ensure not only the highest level of expertise, but also a relaxed, personable manner that's conducive to your learning.