2024 Adult Learn to Sail Dates

Spring Session I - Mondays, 6-8pm - SOLD OUT

May 13th, May 20th, June 3rd, June 10th, June 17th, June 24th

Spring Session II - Sundays & Thursdays & Monday, 6-8pm

May 16th, May 19th, June 9th, June 13th. June 23rd, July 1

Summer Session - Mondays, 6-8pm

July 29th, August 5th, August 12th, August 26th, September 9th, September 16th


 $490 per person includes: books, boat charter, and Insurance fees.
*Class limited to three (3) Students per boat.
*You will need to bring a life jacket, light soled shoes or non-marking shoes.

Adult Sailing Release, Assumption of Risk & Acceptance of Financial Responsibility Form

  • Bayview’s Adult-Learn-to-Sail program is designed for people with little to no knowledge of sailing. Classes can accommodate new sailors or those with experience.
  • Our students are most often working professionals from around metro-Detroit. They have ranged in age from early 20s to late 60s.
  • Classes run from 6 to 8pm, each night for six classes. During the 2024 season, the two Spring Sessions will be more regular, often twice each week, for quicker learning and completion. There will also be a Summer Session (late July-early September) of six classes, once each week.
  • The sessions include classroom and dockside lectures/discussions as well as a lot of time on boats. We cover parts of the boat, rigging, points of sail, observing conditions, communication, maneuvers, knot tying, and other topics.
  • Most of the time is spent on the Detroit River in sight of the Club.
  • We have a maximum of three students with one instructor on the Club’s Ultimate 20 sailboats. The students rotate through all the positions on the boat, so yes, everyone learns to steer.
  • During on-water times we will have at least one person in a safety boat – one of the Club power skiffs. In case of breakdowns or problems, the boat is always nearby.
  • Students are required to provide their own life jackets and appropriate shoes. Bayview provides books, currently US Sailing’s “Learn Sailing Right.”
  • Instructors are Bayview members and other experienced sailors. They are chosen for their abilities to teach, communicate, sail, and help connect the students with additional sailing opportunities.
  • In addition to sailing on the Ultimate 20s, we have on occasion taken students on “big boats” that operate with more crew members for a larger crewing experience. This will depend on weather, interest, and availability of BYC larger boats and skippers.
  • While enrolled in the class, students will have a guest membership at Bayview allowing them access to the dining room and bar. All charges incurred must be paid by credit card at the time of service.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in the “hitchhiker” program which is a highly successful effort to connect non-members with boats in Bayview’s Thursday Night Off-the-Dock race series.