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ASA Sailing School

Come learn to sail with us and you will learn from professional, dedicated, compassionate instructors in an environment exceptionally well-suited for learning all aspects of sailing. We teach in a professional, no stress, fun, yet challenging manner -- your success and complete satisfaction are our ultimate goals.

Student Comments:

"For the second time my son & I leave your school with a renewed sense of accomplishment and confidence. I cannot begin to relate how much insight my son & I have gained from you and your school with the last two courses we have taken. Both my son & I agree that our time spent with you has made a lasting impression on us, and has provided a platform for continued growth, both as sailors, and as father & son."

Tom & Brandon

Our sailing school specializes in private, live-aboard sailing classes for couples, friends, and families. By "private", we mean that you and someone you choose will be the only students staying aboard the vessel and in your sailing classes. We recommend choosing someone that you intend to sail with after graduation as your primary class partner -- spouse, son, daughter, good friend, brother or sister -- someone that you choose!

ECY ASA Sailing School Students and Boats in our Sailing Classes

Why ECY?

We feel that providing all of the following sets us apart from other sailing schools:

  • Professional Instruction

    Our instructors are United States Coast Guard Captains, American Sailing Association certified professionals. Whether your goal is bareboat chartering, cruising or yacht ownership, our instructors are qualified and motivated to lead you to your goal. We have a variety of sailing vessels to use during our classes and land-based classrooms to use for exams, advanced work and as a retreat during adverse weather. We believe that our instructors are the best in the business.

Student Comments:

"When we contacted you about learning to sail our objectives were clear--for Vic and I to be able to sail our wives around the BVI without a charter captain. Well, ECY delivered. Based on our wonderful training from ECY, we felt comfortable enough to charter a boat and we have just now returned from a great trip in the BVI."

Bill & Vic

  • Private Lessons for Couples, Families, and Friends

    We specialize in teaching couples, families and friends in private classes. We have taught families of all sizes. We are a family business that loves families and we will do whatever it takes to accommodate your family during your class.

ECY ASA Sailing School Students learning to sail in our sailing classes
  • Small Class Size + Flexible Scheduling

    Our classes were designed to have only two students per instructor. This maximizes each student's hands-on experience on the water and provides direct attention from the instructor, both on the water and in the classroom.

    We offer our classes year round and are scheduled by appointment to meet the needs of our students. Our classes are structured around two certifying students, but we can accommodate groups of up to 4 certifying students by special arrangement (additional fees may apply per student). We do not charge extra for anyone who would like to "ride along" with certifying students - making our school a great place for families to learn to sail together.

  • Extra Sail Time

    Learning to sail is both a lot of work and a lot of fun. At ECY, we feel that the time dedicated to meeting the ASA standards for each course should be supplemented with enough time to enjoy the sail and practice each skill enough to master it. Not only do we offer a small class size, we have extended each of our classes to allow our ASA certified instructors the time we feel is necessary to provide a thorough training experience - and for our students to enjoy the sail.

Student Comments:

"We really had a great time and I am feeling more confident...really! It was great seeing you again and, as always, I appreciate the friendliness and patience that you guys seem to have in such abundance. "

Brian & Kim

  • True Sailing Destination + Beach Atmosphere

    Our area offers a great array of sailing experiences - including the Gulf of Mexico, large bays, sounds, the intra-coastal waterway, tight channels, bayous and small harbors. The waters of northwest Florida are exceptionally well-suited for training. This gives ECY the unique opportunity to provide a live aboard experience, time to practice important navigation and vessel handling skills on every sail, but with private accommodations! In most classes, the instructor returns to his or her own home every night, allowing the students to relax, enjoy restaurants, study or just re-group for the next day of classes.

    With our wonderfully central location on Pensacola Beach (Little Sabine is a popular sailing destination for cruisers), our students can walk to restaurants, beaches, nightspots, shops, and beautiful sugar white sand beaches - once you are at ECY facilities, there is truly no need for a car.

Student Comments:

"Thanks very much for leading my family through our first sailing experience. We all had a great time learning Basic Keelboat and look forward to scheduling more classes with you. Truly outstanding!"

The Clark Family

  • First Class Service

    We simply love sailing and enjoy introducing it to new sailors. We know we have created the sailing school that we all wish we had attended - not only have we received the "ASA Outstanding Sailing School" multiple times and many of our instructors have received the "ASA Outstanding Instructor" award, but our students return for additional classes, and then return to bareboat charter the lovely emerald coast with ECY often.

  • We Have Fun!!!

    You will work hard during your classes, but we always have fun too! What could possibly be more fun than learning to sail at the beach?

    For single class descriptions and pricing, click here.

    For combined class descriptions and pricing, click here.

ECY ASA Sailing School students having fun in our sailing classes

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