Welcome to the Adult Sailing Program!

CGSCIC Instructors and Coaches are Certified by the US Sailing Association. The US Sailing Association represents the highest level of professionalism and integrity in the sport of sailing. At Coconut Grove Sailing Club, we are very proud of our affiliation with the US Sailing Association and the level of quality it brings to our programs.


US Sailing Certified coaches teach novices sailing skills, knots and boating safety. By the end of this class, students should be able to sail a course, know the parts of the boat, points of sail, and what to do if the boat capsizes.
Format: Classroom and water instruction.
Member: 350.00 per person | Non-Member: 400.00 per person
Schedule: The 1st weekend of the month
Contact: Phil Adams

This unique new course is a one-of-a-kind on Biscayne Bay. This is the ideal format to learn how to sail with your spouse, your kids or grandkids. One US Sailing certified instructor is dedicated to your family for this two-day experience.
Goal: Provide a fun family sailing experience while teaching fundamental sailing, incorporating the appropriate communication and teamwork components. This is a very informal class with focus on enjoyment and flexibility.

This is a 2 day, 12 hour class with no certification.
Boats: Flying Scot—19’ day sailor centerboard boat with main and jib
Format: Minimal classroom and maximum on the water instruction
Member: 780.00 TOTAL COST minimum 2 people maximum 3 people
Non-Member: 880.00 TOTAL COST minimum 2 people maximum 3 people
Schedule: Upon Request
Contact: Bud Price

This is the standard formal learn to sail class with 3 days of instruction including 9 hours of classroom and 9 hours of water time. It will include knot tying, right of way and navigation rules. You will be in a boat with a U. S. Sailing certified instructor and have hands on guidance.
Boats: Flying Scot—19’ day sailor centerboard boat with main and jib
Format: Formal classroom and drills
Member: $565.00 for 2 people | $465.00 for 3 people
Non-Member: $685.00 for 2 people | $585.00 per 3 people
Schedule: Upon Request
Contact: Bud Price

Learn at your own pace or with your personalized focus. We can tailor the class to your needs. If you already know how to sail but want to learn the Scot, just need to brush up on your skills, or just want to learn how to fly a spinnaker we can offer private instruction by the hour for 65.00 per hour Member rate or 75.00 per hour Non-Member. If you want to learn how to sail but do it at your own pace with personalized instruction this class if for you.
Member:  $65 per hour
Non-Member: $75.00 per hour
Schedule: Upon Request
Contact: Bud Price


The US Sailing Basic Keelboat course is the national standard for quality sailing instruction. Taught on a classic 23’ Ensign, this class includes keelboat concepts, boat and preparation, boat parts, nautical terms, rigging, sail trim, departure and return under sail, basic sailing maneuvers, points of sail, five basic knots, wind-sensing, use of navigational charts, basic navigation rules, emergency procedures, anchoring, and overboard recovery.
Goal: To prepare the student for the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification.
Format: Classroom and water instruction.
Member: 395.00 per person | Non Member: 450.00 per person
Schedule: The 2nd or 3rd weekend of the month
Contact: Phil Adams



This qualifying exam is taken on the water, and when successfully completed, an academic quiz of 80 questions is administered.

Experienced sailors who do not wish to take the course may challenge the certification procedure to attain the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification. They must pass the same test as students who have taken the Basic Keelboat course.

It is recommended that challengers purchase and familiarize themselves with the US Sailing Basic Keelboat textbook.

Price: 250.00

Contact: Phil Adams

Requirement: Attendance of Sunfish Beginners Weekend Course or some prior small boat experience
Level: Novice – Intermediate
These are offered several times a month, and they are a great, and inexpensive way, to really master sailing a sunfish: proper sail trim, boat
balance, etc.; as well as to learn beginner-to-intermediate racing rules and tactics.
Format: 3 hrs.

Member: $30.00 per person | Non Member: $35.00 per person

Contact:  Phil Adams

Prerequisite: Completion of Sunfish Beginners’ Course or equivalent

Goal: Build on basic skills introduced in Sunfish: rigging, knot tying, tack and jibe, right of way, use of the tiller extension, balancing the boat and the helm, man overboard drills, start stop and docking
Boat: Flying Scot sloop rigged boat
Format: On-demand 2 days with a combination of classroom theory, simulator and water instruction. Begins with an Instructor on-board, then solo
Contact: Bud Price:


This course covers all concepts of sailing as well as basic boat systems, maneuvering under power, weather awareness, safety aspects and preparation, chart reading, navigation, and more. Most of the course will be on the boat with the third day reserved for practical skills and written test.
US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification
Format: 2 days Basic Cruising Course + 1 day for testing

Member: 900.00 per person | Non Member: 1000.00 per person

Contact: Phil Adams

The course reviews basic cruising and considers planning an extended cruise, provisioning, power under difficult and emergency situations, anchoring for the night, advanced sail handling and trim, dinghy handling, and more.
Prerequisite: Basic Cruising Certification.
Format: 4 Days Bareboat Cruising Class + 1 day for certification testing

Member: 1100.00 per person | Non Member: 1200.00 per person

Contact: Phil Adams

In this basic course, students become confident to use the spinnaker on a boat.
Goal: discovery of the basic spinnaker sailing, terminology, step by step procedure, and troubleshooting techniques
Boat: Flying Scot
Format: Classroom with simulator, on demand.

Contact: Bud Price

Prerequisite: Must be skilled at sailing a Flying Scot or similar dinghy.
Boat: Flying Scot
Goal: Discovery of basic spinnaker sailing terminology, step by step procedure, and troubleshooting techniques.
Format: Water practice, on demand.

Contact: Bud Price

Come Sail with Us!

Discover the excitement of sailing with one of our beginners’ classes or further your skills with our
numerous intermediate and advanced programs