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Atlanta Yacht Club Beginner Sailing Classes

Are you ready to experience the fun and excitement of sailing? Maybe you have previously sailed with a friend or have learning to sail on your bucket list. Perhaps your child has expressed interest in learning to sail. The Atlanta Yacht Club offers sailing lessons for ages 6 through adult. Sailing is lifelong sport that requires a knowledge of wind and sails to make the boat move. 

A primary focus at Atlanta Yacht Club is teaching people how to sail and how to sail better. We are fortunate to have several members who are certified sailing instructors. These and other dedicated volunteers conduct sailing classes for juniors and adults. The emphasis is on water safety, boat handling, race tactics and -- not incidentally -- fun!

The club owns and maintains a fleet of Optimist, 420 and Flying Scot sailboats to use for teaching, as well as several utility craft for support and safety. Onshore sessions are conducted in our clubhouse followed by time on the water. With an emphasis on safety, participation in our sailing classes requires the ability to swim 25 yards unaided. In addition, each participant must bring to class a US Coast Guard approved life jacket.

Adult Sailing Class Registration*
*Opens July 15, 2024

AYC Adult Sailing Classes

Our adult sail program includes five sessions held on Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon (15 hours of instruction) in the spring and fall.
 Each class will include basic onshore instruction as well as time on the water. Class size is limited, so we encourage early registration. Both AYC members and non-members are encouraged to sign up and participate. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. 

Fees are $350 for non-members, and $125 for members per person for the 5-weekend session.  

Fall Schedule:
Saturdays, 9am - Noon

Aug 24 - Introduction Class
Sept 7 - Class 2
Sept 14 - Class 3
Sept 21 - Class 4 
Oct 5 - Class 5

You will need your own Coast Guard approved life jacket, be able to swim and be in good health. Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and will not scuff a sailboat. Clothing should be comfortable wet or dry. Bring water with you and you are always welcome to bring lunch.

AYC Junior Sailing Classes
Please visit the Junior Sail Training Page for more information

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