Nestled in the mountains in the protected waters on the southern end of Western Maryland’s largest fresh water lake, Deep Creek Sailing School (DCSS) instructs people of all ages in the sport of sailing. U.S. Sailing-certified instructors guide students through water and boat safety, basic sailing, boat handling, and, for our more advanced students, racing techniques, using Optimist Prams, RS Teras, Lasers, Club 420s and Flying Scots. Week-long classes are available for juniors, teens, and adults. In addition, adult private sailing lessons are available all summer upon request.
DCSS shares facilities with the Deep Creek Yacht Club at Turkey Neck, but is a completely separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and open to the entire community. Sailing school graduates are encouraged to participate all summer in weekend racing.
COVID-19 Update 6.10.29 Dear Friends of Deep Creek Sailing School,
We are pleased to announce that, beginning June 29, 2020, we are opening the sailing school with some important changes to keep our students and instructors safe during the COVID-19 health crisis. We believe we are in a good position to get our young sailors back on the water for a week of fun and learning.
Class sizes have been reduced to 8 students each (4 for creek critters), and our highly trained coaches will be taking extra precautions to maintain safety for your sailor, including more outdoor instruction, maintaining social distancing whenever possible, wearing facemasks inside the classroom and when social distancing is not possible (such as coming alongside in a powerboat to repair equipment on the water). We will also be assigning each student one boat for the week, washing down all equipment before the students arrive, requiring frequent handwashing, and limiting the number of people in a bathroom at one time. Rest assured that bathrooms and classrooms will be more frequently cleaned.
Look for new drop off and check in protocols to eliminate parents and students gathering and to conduct morning temperature checks. We understand that school may not look the same as it has in past years, but we are committed to maintaining a spirit of fun and learning. To address the needs of families who are not comfortable enrolling their children/grandchildren in the school, we are also offering private lessons in Prams, Teras, and Lasers. We will be updating our website with details soon. Private lessons for adults in Flying Scots will continue and, for the first time, we will also be offering private coaching to adults in Lasers. We will not be offering week-long adult school this year.
Registration for the few remaining spots will be opening shortly. Keep an eye on the website. If you have already registered your child for school and wish to cancel that registration, please do so immediately so that another sailor can take that spot. If the week you would like is full, contact the DCSS registrar to be placed on a wait list. If you have any questions about our format or safety protocols, please contact Sue Wolffe at 703-980-8864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to seeing DCSS boats on the water.
Sue Wolffe Jill Bennett President, DCSS Vice President, DCSS