Group Lessons DCSS offers three-day and 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.
Advanced Racing Clinic (New!) July 25-27 at Deerhaven Anyone 16 and older can take their racing skills to the next level with intensive instruction from industry professionals. Make sure your boat is set up for success, properly rigged and tuned. Learn the finer points of Flying Scot sail trim and boat handling in various conditions. Improve your starts, spinnaker sets and take downs and mark roundings. Learn how to plan out your racing strategy, improve skipper crew communication, and brush up on your rules. Come ready to sail hard, learn a lot and have fun! This is perfect for those newer to racing and for those wanting to move up in the fleet. We hope to offer break out groups, and individualized coaching to accommodate teams with varying levels of experience. Bring your own boat.
Great preparation for the Sandy Douglas regatta! Course details and prices coming soon. Private Lessons Private, three-hour lessons can be arranged for adults 16 and older. 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.