Leland Yacht Club

About the Sailing School

The Sailing School is in operation from the middle of June through the middle of August and is designed to accommodate both students whose sailing interests are primarily recreational as well as those who are interested in racing.

Children (ages 8 to 16) are invited to participate; membership in the Leland Yacht Club is not a requirement. Instruction takes place in Butterfly boats and Flying Juniors (FJs). All of these boats are self-rescuing, and water safety is a key element in the instruction.

Our instructors have experience in working with children in addition to their sailing expertise. Many of them have been trained and certified by the US Sailing Association. Most of them are graduates of the Leland Yacht Club sailing program.

Our Sailing School is organized into two classes:

LEVEL 1 (Morning Class, for beginners)
9:30am to 12:00pm - Tu, W, Th, F

LEVEL 2 (Afternoon class, for intermediate and advanced sailors)
1:00pm to 3:30pm - Tu, Th, Fri

What level is best for my child?

Level 1 (Morning Class): We offer beginner sailing school in which kids learn the basics of sailing from a combination of on-shore activities and instruction out on the lake. Kids sail with a sailing instructor until they feel comfortable taking a boat out by themselves. The Head Sailing Instructor will let kids know when they seem ready to move up to our afternoon class. Both the pontoon boat and the Boston Whaler are out on the water to keep a close eye on all of our sailors.

Level Two (Afternoon Class): Stronger winds in the afternoon provide more experienced sailors with plenty of challenges to improve their skills. All level two sailors sail without an instructor; however, assistance is available from the instructors who are out on the chase boats. We ask that you do not bring your kids to afternoon sailing without consulting an instructor first. If level one is too easy for someone, we can quickly move that child up to level two.

Online sign-up for sailing school for the 2022 season will begin on May15th through the links below:

Click here to sign up for Level 1 sailing school

Click here to sign up for Level 2 sailing school

Sailing school signup requires the acknowledgement of the LYC Waiver and Release, which can be read here:


Sailing School Cost:
Member Fee: $30
Non-member fee: $45

Non-members can pay at the Leland Yacht Club.
Members can pay at the Leland Yacht Club, OR will be invoiced for the days that their children attend.

What To Bring:
Students should bring the following items to class each day, regardless of weather conditions.

  • Life Jacket
  • Water Shoes or water sandals (no flip flops)
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen

Private Lessons:

Adult, children, and family lessons are available through our Private Lesson Program. Click here

More Information:
To contact the instructors during the regular season, use the Club phone, 231-256-2618. The best time to call is just before or after a scheduled sailing clinic, but you can leave a message anytime. Or you can send an email to lelandyachtclubinfo@gmail.com