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Erie Sailing provides sailing courses that follow the strict sailing instruction certification standards of both the International Charter Sailing Organization (ICSO). The ICSO curriculum provides the most amount of time sailing the boat. Since adults learn by doing, these programs are the best way to learn to sail. Lake Erie Sailing School offers sailing courses in: Basic Keelboat; Basic Cruising; Bareboat Charter; Coastal Navigation; Advanced Sailing Instruction and Celestial Navigation.  All of our courses provide the terminology and knowledge to safely sail, while providing the most possible time on the water actually sailing the boat. Our experienced instructors guide you throught he curriculum and provide a resource that facilitates your learning. Our curriculum, instruction and experience add up to the top learning experience. That's why we are the only school that offers a satisfaction guarantee.

We offer sailing lessons that allow you to learn to sail on the weekend, weekday or all week long.

Our pricing is inclusive of all on board expenses (except introductory courses), including: boat, instructor, provisions, meals, customs expenses, mooring fees, running expenses, text books, log books, certification fees and sales tax. The only exceptions would be alcoholic beverages and Instructor's gratuity if you think one is deserved.

Docking Bootcamp
$595 | 2 DAYS

If you’re new to sailing and not sure how interested you are in sailing, this is the class for you.  Our Learn To Sail class provides the shortest and least expensive way to get a taste of the cruising lifestyle.  This is 2 day introductory sailing instruction for those interested in giving sailing a first try. There is no written exam and no certification at this level and meals are not included with this course.  It is entirely an introduction to sailing with no commitments, pressure or stress.  Come see how peaceful cruising is!  Classes run concurrently with our Instant Cruiser Lessons during the first 2 days of the Instant Cruiser program. 

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INSTANT CRUISER ® SAILING LESSONS
$795 | 3 DAYS

These sailing lessons are three days in length and are the first in the ICSO Certification Program.  The Instant Cruiser program is designed for those who want to learn to sail, are preparing to day charter, or are thinking about buying a sail boat. The curriculum includes detailed boat handling, safety procedures and rules of the road. Completion of this course enables the student to safely captain an auxiliary powered sailboat 20-32 feet in length in moderate seas and winds using line of sight navigation. No prior sailing experience is necessary for this course.  ICSO Day-Charter certification is included with successful completion of this class and our Service guarantee applies also.  Meals are not included.  

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Bareboat Chartering
$895 | 3 DAYS

For those who have completed the Instant Cruiser class and looking to increase their sailing skills, we off Bareboat Chartering.  This course prepares student to skipper boats as large as 50 feet. In addition it covers key boat systems required to live aboard a sail boat, like: engine maintenance, cooking and provisioning procedures and basic marine electrical and plumbing systems. The sailing instruction also introduces the student to basic coastal navigation techniques, anchoring, mooring and emergency techniques, such as: MOB recovery and heaving-to. Certification at the Instant Cruiser level is pre-requisite. Successful completion of this class enables students to charter monohull sail boats up to approximately 50 feet.

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Learn to Sail Lessons
$595 | 2 DAYS

If you’re new to sailing and not sure how interested you are in sailing, this is the class for you.  Our Learn To Sail class provides the shortest and least expensive way to get a taste of the cruising lifestyle.  This is 2 day introductory sailing instruction for those interested in giving sailing a first try. There is no written exam and no certification at this level and meals are not included with this course.  It is entirely an introduction to sailing with no commitments, pressure or stress.  Come see how peaceful cruising is!  Classes run concurrently with our Instant Cruiser Lessons during the first 2 days of the Instant Cruiser program. 

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Instant Bareboater®
$1595 | 7 DAYS

This is a typical itinerary for a week-long Instant Bareboat sailing lessons.  While destinations are subject to change based on weather, student preferences or Captain’s prerogative, this is representative of our week-long journey.

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Instant Bareboater®
$1595 | 7 DAYS

This is a typical itinerary for a week-long Instant Bareboat sailing lessons.  While destinations are subject to change based on weather, student preferences or Captain’s prerogative, this is representative of our week-long journey.

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Coastal Navigation and Advanced Sailing
$1895 | 7 DAYS

This is a weeklong course designed to train experienced sailors in coastal navigation techniques and boat handling in any condition, day or night, in coastal waters. This course teaches the student to learn to sail at nighttime, perform man over board and emergency procedures at night. Our curriculum covers Coastal Navigation and Coastal Passagemaking, with longer sails than the bareboat chartering class. Bareboat Certification is prerequisite for this course.  

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Coastal Navigation / Celestial Navigation
$295| 2 DAYS

We offer navigation classes both as part of our sailing passages and also as take home study courses. The take home version involves study at home, half-day review with the instructor and examination. When the course is taken as part of our passages, all information is taught, reviewed and tested as part of the voyage. This option is available for both Coastal Navigation and Celestial Navigation.  The Coastal Navigation class includes: Reading tidal height and tidal current tables, magnetic to true (TVMDC) compass conversions, ded reckoning -- proper procedures and plotting, speed-time-distance calculations, lines of positions, 2 and 3 LOP fixes, running fixes, relative bearings, danger bearings, adjustments for current calculations and more!

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Why Choose Us?

Best Service

Lake Erie Sailing is committed to the highest quality service and backs that commitment with the sailing industry's top service guarantee.  Only Lake Erie Sailing offers a service guarantee.

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Best Pricing

Lake Erie Sailing offers everyday low pricing on both are charters and sailing school options designed to compete with anyone. 

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Best Yachts

Simply put, we offer the best cruising and teaching fleet on Lake Erie

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Best Location

Close to Put-in-Bay, Cedar Point and Kelleys Island

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