Adults age 16 and older and families can arrange for three-hour private sailing lessons throughout the summer using a Flying Scot. Adults may also be coached or taught to sail a Laser. This summer, because of the reduced class sizes for youth, we are also offering coaching of youth in Prams, Teras, Lasers. All sailors must wear life jackets at all times on or near the water and bring a mask to be worn on shore. Children are encouraged to wear buffs which are available for sale by DCSS. Lessons are taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors and follow U.S Sailing prescribed safety protocol.
COVID Requirements Masks are to be worn by children and adults on shore during private lessons when physical distance can not be insured. Masks will not be worn by children near or on the water, nor will they worn by and adult sailing without an instructor. Masks should be worn when instructors and students sail together in a Flying Scot. Boats will be sanitized between lessons.
Flying Scot Lessons for Adults and Families Beginners are taught with an instructor in the Flying Scot. It is not uncommon for two family members to share a lesson with one instructor. Larger families may need to be separated into two boats that require two coaches. Children sailing with a parent must be 6 years old and able to swim. Lessons are priced by the number of coaches required.
Laser Lessons for Adults Are you an experienced sailor interested in learning how to sail a Laser or improve your skills? Our coaches are available to coach you from a powerboat or in some cases may coach from another Laser.
Laser, Tera and Pram Coaching for Children Youth who are able to rig their own boat (with a little help) can receive coaching in a single-handed sailboat from an instructor in a coach boat. One coach can typically teach up to two experienced sailors at roughly the same level. Multiple children may require two coaches. Lessons are priced by the coach.
Scheduling a Lesson Please schedule private lessons a week or two in advance whenever possible. You may request an instructor, but lessons are contingent on the availability of instructors and boats. Learn more about our private lesson instructors on the About Us page.
What to Bring Be sure to bring your own life jacket, mask, hat, close-toed shoes or boat shoes with rubber soles.The weather on Deep Creek Lake can change in quickly. We recommend wearing a bathing suit, t-shirt, shorts or lightweight pants that can get wet and bring the following:
Mask or buff (buff is preferred for children)
Closed-toe rubber soled- 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 that you can wear on the boat
Sweatshirt, fleece top or hoodie
Change of clothes
Filled water bottle
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).