If you have additional questions, call 1-800-638-9192 and we will be happy to answer them. Annapolis Sailing School looks forward to sailing with you!
We opened in Annapolis, Maryland in 1959.
Our seasonal location in Annapolis operates April through the end of October.
Our Tampa Bay location operates year round
There is no maximum age limit. Minimum ages listed below are a rough guideline and if you have a specific question, call us.
Just as far ahead as possible. Some courses are booked weeks or months in advance.
Yes, as long as wind and wave conditions do not create an unsafe condition.
We strongly recommend talking with one of our staff to help you answer this question, but here are some general guidelines:
If, based on your past experience, you can rig a sloop rigged daysailer, sail away from a dock or mooring, sail for the day, return the boat, unrig it, in moderate wind conditions (10-15 m.p.h.) with someone acting as crew, then you can probably skip the beginners or basic course. However if your experience has been that of crew, not skipper, or the boat that you skippered is a board type boat or of the variety with only one sail, or it has been years since you have sailed, then one of the basic courses is probably a prerequisite to taking an advanced or cruising course.
The persons listed with you on your enrollment will be in the same classroom. We recommend that family members sail on separate boats. This is only a recommendation and you may do as you wish. However, from experience, we have found that it is a quite successful method in teaching all members of the family to be skippers.
Boat nomenclature, steering, sail trimming, putting on and taking off of sails, finding wind direction, tacking and jibing maneuvers, points of sail, right of way rules (briefly), how to deal with thunderstorms, grounding and man-overboard situations and basic chart reading.
You should be able to rig, sail away from the dock, or mooring, day sail, return to the dock or mooring and unrig up to a 24’ daysailer in light to moderate wind conditions (10-15 m.p.h.). Of course, you must have someone aboard as crew.
This is a very individualized question and may require that you correspond directly with one of our reservationists. However, there are a few general guidelines. The array of courses offered has been designed to fit most student needs. Before you call us, ask yourself, “What do I want to be able to do after I take this course?” This sometimes will tell you what course to take. If you have doubts or need clarification, please call us on our toll-free line and our experienced staff will be glad to help you.
The 24’ Rainbows are available for rentals by the day. Or, for one low price, a graduate of Annapolis Sailing School can join the school’s Keelboat Club and sail as much as you wish all season long. Call us toll free at 800.638.9192 for details.
Check out our list of accommodations in the area.
In addition, once you make your reservation we will provide you with instructions to access special rate accomodations for our students at the Inn at Horn Point and the Courtyard Marriott.
Sailing is most fun when you are comfortable and prepared. What follows is a list of helpful hints for you to ensure a pleasant experience learning to sail.