Adult Sailing Lessons at Youth Sailing Foundation


Introduced in 2014, adult sailing classes have grown in popularity as adults of all ages and sailing skills have come to enjoy expert sailing instruction combined with a warm camaraderie.  We have classes for beginners to seasoned sailors.   With a low student-to-instructor ratio and novice-friendly boats, learning to sail on the protected waters of the Indian River Lagoon is fun and relaxing.   You will gain confidence out on the water with the satisfaction that comes from mastering a skill only a fraction of the general population has even tried.  Come join us and experience the beautiful panorama of blue skies and water on the Indian River Lagoon.  

Our adult fleet includes 19-foot Mariners, a beautiful 14-foot SturDee Cat, 12-foot Trinkas (manufactured right here in Vero Beach) and C-420’s, as well as Sunfish and Lasers for the more advanced sailors.  Several four- session group classes are held throughout the season from October to May, and private lessons are offered by request/instructor availability. Proceeds from the adult sailing program are used to help fund the free sailing instruction we offer all children of Indian River County.

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Group Classes 

Winter-Spring Schedule
$350 per 4-lesson course
(discounts available for couples and groups)


  • Winter 1A – Sundays 1 to 4pm: Jan 13, 20 & 27; Feb 3 
  • Intermediate – Thursdays 10am to 1pm: Jan 17, 24 & 31; Feb 7 
  • Winter 2A – Sundays 1 to 4pm: Feb 10, 17 & 24; March 3 underway
  • Winter 2B – Thursdays 10am to 1pm: Feb 14, 21, 28; March 7
  • Spring A – Sundays 1 to 4pm: March 24 & 31; April 14 & 28
  • Spring B – Thursdays 10am to 1pm: March 28; April 4, 11 & 18
  • Spring C – Fridays 5 to 8pm: March 29; April 5, 12 & 26

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Private Sailing Lessons

US Sailing certified instructors
All levels of instruction – beginner to advanced; competitive or recreational
$50/hr per person
(Subject to instructor availability – 
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Adult Sailing Program participants will need:

  1. Properly fitting life jacket
  2. Closed toe shoes (they will get wet)
  3. Refillable water bottle
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Sunglasses with lanyard (so they will not be lost in water)
  6. Hat
  7. Towel
  8. Change of clothes
  9. Knap-sack or bag to carry the above

Please write your name on all of the above items.

Life jackets:  It is required that ALL sailors AT ALL TIMES wear an adequate PFD (personal flotation device – the proper name for life jacket). This life jacket (PFD) needs to be a brightly colored, Coast Guard approved, Type III or better with no collar that can get caught on the boat rigging. Type V inflatable life jackets should NOT be used in this course. PFDs are sized by user’s weight. Be sure to purchase the proper size! A whistle should be attached with a line to the life jacket and your name should be written on the life jacket. 

Click Here To Read A Student’s Note To Her Instructor