Group Lessons DCSS offers five-day lessons from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.to adults of all ability levels.
The lessons include classroom chalk talks, on-the-water instruction in Flying Scots, and a capsize demonstration. Beginning sailors will learn the points of sail and basic boat handling. More advanced sailors will learn the use of the spinnaker and sailboat racing. Skipper and crew couples, as well as singles, are welcome. You are welcome to bring your own Flying Scot or use one of the three boats provided by the sailing school.
Lessons are taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors and follow U.S Sailing prescribed safety protocol. All sailors must wear life jackets at all times on or near the water. Be sure to check out our “what to bring” section.
Adult Weeks (Beginner and Intermediate) Ages 18 and older (16 and older with a parent) June 14-18 (Beginner and Inntermediate Sailing) July 19-23 (Beginner and Inntermediate Sailing) Classes typically meet Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. either in the sailing school room on the first floor of Deep Creek Yacht Club at Turkey Neck or in the upstairs meeting room of Deep Creek Yacht Club at Deer Haven. Check your week for location. Be sure to check what to bringbefore arriving at class. A single $50 discount will be provided to one of two sailors (if registering as a couple) who provides his or her own boat.
Tuition Five days $400.
Private Lessons Private lessons will continue this summer. Three-hour lessons can be arranged for adults in Flying Scots and Lasers. Learn more.
What to Bring The weather on Deep Creek Lake can change in quickly, and as long as the conditions are safe, sailors should plan to sail, even if it’s cold or raining. All gear should be in a duffle bag and every item should be labeled with the sailor’s name. Any clothing or gear left in the sailing school room will be placed in the lost and found. Sailors should plan to wear a bathing suit, shorts and T-shirt and bring the following:
Closed-toe tennis shoes, boat shoes or water shoes that stay on your feet under water
Note: No flip-flops or similar type of shoes can be worn out sailing.
Rain jacket or spray top
Sweatshirt, fleece top or hoodie
Change of clothes
Filled water bottle
Lunch that does not require refrigeration
Interested in Racing? DCSS students who are learning to race or advancing their racing skills may be invited to participate in Wednesday evening races; however, regular weekend racing requires membership in Deep Creek Yacht Racing Association (DCYRA). DCYRA has made some provisions for guest racers during holiday weekends, and students are encouraged to learn more about that by talking to their DCSS instructor.
Required Forms for Adults Register online now by clicking Adult Registration.
Please bring the DCSS Waiver and Release of Liability Form and medical form to the first day checkin.
Please have credit card ready before starting the registration.