Sailing School: Learn to Sail and Improve!

The Downtown Sailing Center is an accredited US Sailing school that provides courses for all sailing levels. Our comprehensive curriculum helps every student reach their full potential through a balance of structure and individualized attention.


  • "Intro to Sailing" is our most popular course and is a great way to develop basic sailing skills. 12 hrs+, $325 - $400
  • "Beyond Intro" is our next course for those who have completed our "Intro to Sailing 12 hr."  (above) and want to become skippers$325 - $400
  • "US Sailing Basic Cruising" is taught by Captain Bob aboard MAKANI, his Bavaria 37. Courses are currently offered once per month and taught out of Middle River. $900 - $1,000

          Our Instructors and Fleet

          Our Coaches teach part time at the Sailing Center and have other lives on the side. Many have been teaching for well over a decade, while we also have fresh faces coming up through the ranks.

          Our J/22s and Sonars are the perfect balance of comfortable size and nimble feedback. Adult learners and teens alike will appreciate this balance.

          Taste of Sailing and First Sail courses are taught in our comfy and roomy Sonars. Keelboat Lessons are typically taught in our nimble and responsive J/22s. US Sailing's "Basic Cruising" is taught aboard Captian Bob's personal MAKANI, a Bavaria 38 cruising sailboat with all the amenities.

          Instructor Graham waiting for you to Step Aboard our Sonar sailboat

          Members of the Downtown Sailing Center receive special discounts on education courses. If you live in the Baltimore area, we strongly recommend joining a the crew level so you can get straight to the water for practice after your lessons! Go to Recreational Sailing for details on Member Sails>>

              Private Lessons & Special Events

          Private lessons are available for up to three adults and can be tailored to all levels, from beginner to US SAILING Basic Keelboat Certification. Private sailing lessons cost $60/hour for one adult plus $10/hour per for up to three people. There is a 2 hr. requirement for private lessons, but we recommend three hours for maximum educational benefit. You do not need to be a DSC member to take private lessons. 

          If you have a special event in mind that you like to plan with the DSC, we can make it happen if you plan it with us in advance. Typically we ask for at least one month advance preparation for customized events!

          If you are interested in private lessons or planning a special event, please email or call at 410.727.0722 


          The Downtown Sailing Center at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
          1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
          410.727.0722 •

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