Sailboat Instruction

Join Coastal Kayak this season to learn a centuries-old skill that is the perfect way to explore the inland bays of coastal Delaware! Discover how easy it is to skim across the water using only the wind.

We teach our sailing lessons and classes on Hobie catamarans. They are ideal for inland bays because they can operate in very shallow water. The Hobie Waves are great for beginners because they are responsive yet forgiving – perfect for learning! Safety is the number one priority all of our lessons and classes. Yet we also want to make them fun! By putting our students at ease, we strive to develop a friendly and supportive environment. We want all participants to improve to the best of their abilities while having a great time doing it!

Adult Beginner Sailing Clinics:

Curious about sailing but scared of commitment? Jump on one (or two, or three, or..) of our casual, fun Adult Beginner Sailing Clinics and see for yourself what it’s all about! Ride along and observe, or get as hands-on as you’d like – these clinics are a great way to take a nibble. We’re betting you get hooked!

Cost: $25 per session

Schedule: 10:30-11:30 every Monday June 1st thru August 31st

Space is limited! Reservations required.


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Due to the weight restrictions on our small catamarans, students must weigh less than 250 pounds. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Private Lessons:

Our private sailing lessons are the quickest way to become competent in sailing. In your first lesson you will spend about 15 minutes on land learning the basics. The rest of the time will be spent on the water.

We do our beginner lessons on our Hobie Wave catamarans. With one sail and one sheet line they make learning the basics much less confusing. You can concentrate on what’s important – reading the wind! Once you’ve mastered the Wave, the next step would be the Wave with jib, and finally the Getaway.

Lessons are on an hourly basis* and require a reservation. Reservations can be made by calling 302.539.7999.

Hobie Wave Hobie Wave w/ jib Hobie Getaway
$65 $75 $85

*Prices good for one student – one additional student can be added for $15 and the lesson is 75 minutes.

Adult Intensive Learn-to-Sail Day Camps:

In this 5-hour course, participants will learn sailing terminology, how to read the wind, how to set, manage, and trim the sails, and the rules of the nautical road. This is a “hands-on” clinic with an emphasis on FUN! Students will leave the clinic with a solid skill foundation and the confidence to go out and skipper a small sailboat on their own!

The course will be taught on a Hobie catamaran – the perfect sailboat for the shallow waters of the inland bays. Your instructor has over 45 years of sailing experience and has been teaching beginners to sail for more than 20 years. You’ll be in good hands!

Expert instruction; a consistent sea breeze; warm, shallow bay waters; an excuse for a trip to the beach – why wouldn’t you learn to sail with Coastal Kayak this summer??

2020 Dates: May 30, June 21, July 11, July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 29

Cost: $195/person or $350/couple

Schedule: 9:30-3:30 (lunch on your own from 12-1)

Space is limited! Reservations required. Please call 302.539.7999 or Book online now!

Due to the weight restrictions on our small catamarans, students must weigh less than 250 pounds. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Kids Sailing Clinic:

Our Kids Sailing Clinics are a fun, casual way to get your kids hooked on sailing! They’ll be introduced to the basics with a combination of games, skills challenges, and exploration. These low-key, hands-on sessions are the perfect way to fit the magic of sailing in your vacation!

Cost: $25/child

Ages: 9-13 years old

Schedule: 9:30-11:00 every Wednesday May 27 thru Sept. 2.

Space is limited! Reservations required. Please call 302.539.7999 or Book online now!

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Please note: All participants must sign an assumption of risk and release of liability form. Children under the age of 18 must sign the form along with a parent or legal guardian. Click here to download a Coastal Kayak release form. (PDF format – 29 kb file size). Please feel free to fill this form out and bring it with you. We must have one form for each participant.