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SAILING Lessons Overview

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.


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. The top coaches at the other "premier school" in the area are frequently DSC skippers, instructors, and trainers. Our program focuses on true competency and foundational sailing skills.

        Keelboat Lessons are typically taught in our J/22s, which offer the perfect balance of comfortable size and nimble feedback. Our Basic Cruising and Bareboat courses are taught aboard Captain Bob's personal MAKANI, a Bavaria 38 cruising sailboat with all the amenities.

        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! Click Here for details on Member Sails.

        Private Lessons & Special Events

        Due to limited staffing, private lessons are currently only available to DSC members. 

        Private lessons are available for up to three adults. Lessons can be tailored to all levels, from beginner to US SAILING Basic Keelboat Certification. There is a 2 hr. requirement for private lessons, but we recommend three hours for maximum educational benefit. 

        If you are interested in private lessons, please email info@downtownsailing.org or call at 410.727.0722. 


        Waitlist / Cancellation policy

        If the class you want to attend is fully booked, feel free to join the waitlist. We will send an email to the waitlist when a spot becomes available. It is then first come first serve.

        Participant cancellations made 14 days or more in advance of the event date will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made 7-13 days in advance of the event date will receive a 50% refund, unless we are able to fill the opening in which case a 100% refund will be issued. Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will not be refunded unless the opening is filled, in which case a 100% refund will be issued.

        If the Downtown Sailing Center cancels your course, you will be rescheduled for another offering at no cost or a refund will be issued.

        Please email info@downtownsailing.org to cancel a registration.


        The Downtown Sailing Center at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
        1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
        (410) 727-0722 • info@downtownsailing.org