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

June 15, 2020

Dear OCC School of Sailing & Seamanship Community,

We are excited to share that we are re-opening The School beginning with our summer camp programs. Following guidance set by the State of California Department of Health, we are able to offer youth sailing, beginning Monday June 22nd.

We look forward to extending this opening to adult programs, lessons, and member rentals. However, as a program of Orange Coast College we are required to wait for guidance directed towards higher education before opening. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the route to return to “normal.”

As we anticipate opening adult programming in the near future, we have activated waitlists for each of our scheduled classes in July. Visit our registration page for up-to-date class schedules. Please add yourself to the waitlist if you are interested in attending a class – our office staff will contact you when we are able to take registration for that class. Note that we have closed registration for July classes, so the waitlist does not mean the class is already full!

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





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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