Sailing Opportunities

In addition to open sailing hours, we are proud to offer our members a wide range of lessons and clinics, from beginning sailing lessons for youth and adults, to racing clinics and ASA certifications. We also host community sailing events, and are equipped to offer lessons and sailing experiences to students with physical disabilities. For more information about any of our programs, or to discuss scholarship options, e-mail Tim at sailingforall@gmail.com.

To purchase lessons, visit our registration page.

Open Sailing Hours

Members of the Duluth-Superior Sailing Association have free access to our Day Sailer fleet during open sailing hours from June through September. They may captain any boat on which they have demonstrated competency, or may sail as crew with another member. The dock is normally open from noon til dusk, although it may be closed some days due to weather or special events. You can check our current open hours on our pier calender.

Members with cruise boat experience and training can access and reserve our auxiliary powered keel boats. Learn more on our cruise boat page.

Youth Lessons

Youth Sailing Lessons are taught 12pm-3pm Monday-Thursday (with Friday as a make-up day) on most weeks throughout the summer. Students learn the fundamentals of sailing, and develop basic competence on the water by the end of the week.

Dates:

Vary throughout the season; see our calendar.

Ages:

8 and up.

Cost:

The four-day course is $125, and is only open to members.

Swim Test Requirement:

All youth sailors must first pass a swim test. Swim tests are done at the start of each session, and include:

  • Swimming 50 yards
  • Treading water for two minutes
  • Demonstrating the ability to float

In place of a swim test, you can provide any of the following certifications: Boy Scouts Swimming or Lifesaving Merit Badge, Red Cross Intermediate (Level 3+), YMCA Fish, or certified instructor’s statement on established swimming/pool organization letterhead.

8 person maximum per class.

What to Bring:

  • Closed toed shoes (not sandals)
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit (wear it)
  • Change of clothes‐ we get wet a lot.
  • Towel
  • Snack
  • Life jacket if you prefer your own or else you can use ours.

Sign up:

  1. Find a class date that fits your schedule on our calender.
  2. Visit our registration page to register and pay for your lesson (and membership fees, if you’re a new member). If you need a scholarship, contact us directly for more information.

Adult Lessons

This course teaches sailing fundamentals to beginning adult sailors in a 9-hour, 2-day session. Classes are taught most weekends over the summer from 12:30-5pm Saturday and Sunday. If weekend times do not meet your schedule, consider scheduling private lessons.

Dates:

Vary throughout the season; see our calendar.

Cost:

Young Adult (18-29) – $125, with membership.
Adult (30+) – $150, with membership.

What to Bring:

  • Closed toed shoes that can get wet
  • Warm clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Sign up:

  1. Find a class date that fits your schedule on our calender.
  2. Visit our registration page to register and pay for your lesson (and membership fees, if you’re a new member). If you need a scholarship, contact us directly for more information.

Private Sailing Lessons

Private lessons are available with our certified instructors. Whether you are looking for a 2-hour refresher or a full blown “teach me to sail” course, we are happy to work with you to design individualized lessons. Lessons are scheduled by the hour and are available most days. Since lessons are based on staff availability, it is best to schedule early.

Cost:

For members, lessons are $35/hour for one student, $25/hour per person for 2-4 students.

What to Bring:

  • Closed toed shoes that can get wet
  • Warm clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Sign up:

  1. Contact us with a list of possible dates and times for your lessons, and the total number of hours you would like.
  2. Once you hear back from us with a lesson schedule, fill out our registration form to confirm and pay for your lessons (and membership fees, if not already a member).

Sailing for the Physically Disabled

We partner with Courage Kenny Northland to provide sailing experiences and lessons for sailors with physical disabilities. We have proper equipment to handle most needs. For details on available programs and dates, contact Mr. Mark Hanna, Courage’s Sports and Recreation Coordinator, at 218-491-0585.

Community Sailing

Our programs are open to community organizations. If you are interested in providing a sailing experience for your youth, adult, or work group, contact us for scheduling and pricing. Reduced rates are available to organizations that serve individuals with financial need.

ASA Certification Course 101: BASIC KEELBOAT

The DSSA works in conjunction with the Sailaway Sailing School on Lake Minnetonka to offer courses for sailors to obtain their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Certification.

On the water instruction takes place on Finesse (26 ft keelboat) or other similar association boat. Successful completion qualifies sailors to captain the training boat under similar weather conditions for the remainder of the season. (See Cruise Boat page for more information).

For more information on the ASA and the 101 course, check out their website.

Class One: Training and Certification

This course, open to sailors that have successfully completed the DSSA Adult Basic Sailing course, provides 7 hours of additional instruction following ASA guidelines, and with successful completion (including paper and skills testing) will result in your certification.

Cost:

$240 for members.

Class Two: Certification Only

For those individuals that currently have competency in basic keelboat sailing, this course administers the ASA skill and paper test for ASA Keelboat certification.

Cost:

$185 for members.

Included in course costs

  • ASA Text, Sailing Made Easy
  • ASA Logbook
  • ASA Membership
  • Cost of ASA 101 Exam

Dates:

We offer this course multiple times during the summer; check the calendar for specific dates. Each class is limited to 3 participants, so register early.

Signup:

Contact us for registration forms and more information.

Special Clinics

We offer a variety of special-topic classes for all levels of sailing, including classes in safety, knots, why boats sail, navigation, racing, cruise boats, and weather. We also promote classes offered by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Power Squadron, and Lake Superior College. Check our calender to see which courses are offered this summer.

Advanced Sailing & Race Coaching

We have often been able to offer a weekend Laser racing clinic, designed teach small boat racing skills. It is not yet determined if we have staffing to make this available, but watch this space and express your interest if you’d like this opportunity. We do offer Thursday night Laser races (5:30pm) and sailors of all skills levels are invited to participate. See the calendar for specific dates.

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