Visitors can learn to sail in Marina del Rey // (c) 2011 Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau
In addition to shopping, dining, surfing and soaking up the sun along the California coastline, Marina del Rey offers sailing classes for groups and individuals at all skill levels.
Blue Water Sailing, which has been providing sail education since 1978, provides individual or group lessons with either a qualified American Sailing Association (ASA) or International Yachtmaster Training (IYT) certified instructor. Basic courses include 23 hours of instruction over three to four days. The $439 per person tuition includes 23 hours of instruction, a one-year membership in Bluewater’s Bareboat Charter Club (which includes access to Bareboat rentals during the membership period) and a one-year membership to the American Sailing Association.
California Sailing Academy, one of the oldest, largest and most well respected schools in the U.S., has taught more than 40,000 students to sail since 1964. ASA’s basic certification courses start at $335, which includes a free one-month club membership as well as a 2½-hour private lesson. Licensing, training and additional courses are also available.
The UCLA Marina Aquatic Center is run by UCLA’s recreation department and offers a variety of sailing lessons in Marina del Rey, including short-term classes for visitors. Each class builds on skills learned in previous sessions and focuses on handling challenging boats and circumstances.