Beginning Sailing

We offer three classes to get you started sailing:

  • Beginning Sailing, for those who never sailed before or just have a little experience sailing with others.
  • Intermediate Lido, builds on Beginning Sailing skills with an emphasis on boat handling skills and sail trim.
  • Learn to Sail on a Harbor 20, for beginning students who prefer instruction on a more stable boat.


US SAILING offers certifications for both sailing and powerboating. Once earned, these certification credentials, in conjunction with your continuing experiences, are recognized by charter companies and sailing schools worldwide as the status of your accomplishments in the world of sailing.

OCC Docks

Online Schedule and Registration

Click here to check class schedules and register online 24/7 

Family Sailing class

Youth and Family

Families can experience the joy of sailing together for the first time in our Parent and Child Sailing Class, while kids 7 to 15 years old can learn from our talented and fun instructors in our summer camps, holiday camps or after school sailing courses.

Gift Certificate

Gift Certificates

A Gift Certificate to the OCC School of Sailing & Seamanship is the perfect gift any time of year for sailors and power boaters alike. 



Welcome Aboard!

We’re glad you’re visiting us!  We are ready to help you get on the water and learn more about boating, safety, and seamanship.  If you are new to sailing, we’ll give you the knowledge and experience you need to become a confident sailor.  If you want to learn how to handle small or large powerboats, we’ll put you at the controls with a great instructor.  Our school is public, non-profit, and exceptional.  This is your community program, and we look forward to meeting you and getting underway!

Covid-19  Update

Sept 8, 2020

Dear OCC School of Sailing & Seamanship Community,

We have had a great time on the water with our youth summer camps, but unfortunately we learned late last week that OCC has decided to continue requiring reduced numbers of people physically on site, including at the Sailing Center, to follow State of CA re-opening guidance for Higher Education, and as such we have not been approved to expand our re-opening to include most adult classes.

At this time we are approved to offer the following classes:

  • Youth Classes – sail and powerboat
  • Safe Powerboat Handling + CA Boater Card – youth and adults
  • Online classes
  • In-person USCG exam proctoring (we are partnering with an online program for the course prep)

The college will re-evaluate this plan in the next 1-2 months. 

For now, we will work on an updated class schedule based on above approvals. Please check our website regularly for an updated schedule.

As we re-open The School, we will be implementing guidelines for keeping our staff, students, and visitors healthy. 

To learn more about our operations during COVID:





In the event that we are required to remain closed or cancel certain classes, affected participants will be contacted directly.  Course fees may be converted to a voucher, or refunded minus any transaction fees.

We hope to be able to get on the water with you soon.

The OCC School of Sailing & Seamanship
949-645-9412 | customercare@occsailing.com     
Office Hours (phone and email):                               Front Counter, Library, and Lazarette:
Mon – Friday               9am to 5pm                                       Closed until further notice

Classes Starting Soon

For a complete list of upcoming classes, view our calendar.  (Please note: The listings show only the first day of any class. 
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