Boca Ciega Yacht Club

Adult Basic Sail School (Spring)

One of the best basic sailing programs in Florida

Sail school boats at the dock

Our Sail School Boats at the Dock

Hands-on Sailing in Beautiful Boca Ciega Bay

Our Adult Sail School program is better than ever!


The Adult Basic Sail School program is offered twice each year, and is open to the public.


We have limited the class size and streamlined the curriculum around an accelerated schedule to provide a more engaging experience for our students. This new format allows our students to get even more hands-on experience and practice in a shorter time-frame by reducing the Instructor-to-Student ratio.

This course is designed to be accessible to the complete novice using a combination of classroom, multimedia and hands-on instructional techniques. Instruction is provided on a volunteer basis by some of BCYC's most knowledgeable skippers. Our club members also serve as Table Captains, assisting in the classroom with hands-on skills such as knot tying and tiller practice. Many are Sail School graduates, on deck to share their enthusiasm and newly found passion for sailing.

The objectives of BCYC's Basic Sail School are to produce graduates who can rig the sails of a small boat; assess the wind; sail away from the dock; perform the basic maneuvers of tacking, jibing, and trimming sails; and sail safely back to the dock. We also provide information about federal and state safety requirements, emergency procedures, and “local knowledge” of nearby waters.


This is accomplished during three Wednesday evening classes, two Saturdays and two Sundays of "hands-on” sailing experiences aboard a fleet of Catalina 16.5’ self-righting, self-bailing sailboats on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay

Spring 2023 Dates:
March 22 - April 12, 2023

Our Spring Class is full, but you can 
sign up for the wait list, in case a seat opens up.


Boca Ciega Yacht Club Basic Sail School is the best value introductory sailing program in the area.


Tuition includes:

  • 10 hours of classroom time
  • 12 hours of waterfront/On-the-Water time
  • US Sailing Association Certification Series textbook
  • 3-month complimentary Club membership, inviting you to participate in all Club activities, racing and cruising
    (temporary membership begins on the first day of sail school!)
  • Discounted Club membership application

       ...All for an extremely reasonable $400 per person

Sail School Schedule

  • Three classroom sessions on Wednesday nights:
    • March 22nd and 29th, April 5
    • 7:00pm
      March 22nd only will start at 6:30 to get administrative
      things out of the way)

  • Two On-the-Water sessions:
    • Two Saturdays: March 25th and April 1st
      • Mornings from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
      • Afternoons from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Two Sundays: March 26th and April 2nd
      • Mornings from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
      • Afternoons from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
      Reserved for make-ups due to weather: Saturday, April 8th

    • A traditional, yet optional, sunset “sail out” hosted by BCYC members aboard their own sailing vessels on Wednesday, April 12th
    This will allow us to schedule 10 students in the morning and 10 students in the afternoon.  Please keep in mind that we will need to limit each session to only 10 students each, which will split the class in half. These two sessions are necessary to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to instructors per session.  As such, we are asking you to review your schedule prior to the beginning of Sail School and pre-register for either the morning or afternoon sessions.

    Even if a student is unable to complete all requirements, we encourage them to finish the class. Make-up sessions are often possible and more sailing opportunities are available during your free three-month trial membership.


    For more information on BCYC's Adult Sail School, please contact our Registration Coordinator, Jen Rogers at

    Beth Berkobein - Director of Sail School

    Class limited to 20 Adults

    3 Classroom Night Classes;
      4 On-the-Water Sessions;

    Hands-On Sailing with
    2 Students per Instructor on
    Catalina 16.5 Sailboats;

    Free 3 Month Club Membership & Use of Club Boats*

    (* must pass checkout)

    Only $400 per Person
    Open to non-Members

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    Boca Ciega Yacht Club‎
    Latitude 27° 44' 21.0552'' N
    Longitude 82° 41' 44.7252'' W
    4600 Tifton Drive South   Gulfport, FL 33711

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