Sailing classes

‘Introductory Sailing Course:’ Learn to Sail at the Milwaukee Sailing Community Center

MILWAUKEE — Brian Kramp spent the morning at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center learning to sail.

About Milwaukee Sailing Community Center (website)

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center offers introductory sailing lessons for adults, youth and children. For more experienced sailors, our courses include intermediate and advanced courses introducing different types of boats and equipment such as spinnakers.


The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center owns and maintains over 60 boats and members have free access to the fleet after successfully demonstrating basic sailing skills and earning a rating. The Sailing Center also offers private boat owners boat and dinghy storage, masting, launching and hauling services.

Community Outreach

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center works with area nonprofit social service organizations (Boys and Girls Club, Neighborhood House, YMCA, Milwaukee County Executive Office for Persons with Disabilities, etc.) opportunity to use lessons from the sailing to have an impact on their future. Using sailing as a tool, these students develop basic life skills such as decision-making, teamwork, critical thinking and on-site problem solving in a natural setting, for sailing to help boost self-esteem and self-confidence. Students also learn about water safety; how wind and weather affect navigation skills and, of course, also develop a sincere appreciation for Lake Michigan.