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

July 20, 2020

Dear OCC School of Sailing & Seamanship Community,

The past month of youth programs have passed smoothly under our bow, with confident young sailors coming off the water under the guidance of our amazing group of instructors. We all are facing new challenges this summer but it’s encouraging to see so much learning happening again after a quiet spring.

At this time, Orange Coast College has only permitted our school to offer youth sailing. We are working through the approval process with the leadership at Orange Coast College and the Coast Community College District to resume our adult classes, member rentals, and private lessons. Please keep checking back as we hope to update our status on adult offerings soon.

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 look forward to seeing you on the water in the coming weeks,

The OCC School of Sailing & Seamanship

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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