Ondeck Sailing - Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Charleston, USA


Ondeck Ocean Sailing Academy - Charleston, South Carolina, 29464


Learn to Sail with Ondeck Charleston Ocean Sailing Academy

At Ondeck Charleston we have fun while learning to sail confidently on any size sailboat. Sailing from our docks on Charleston Harbor, we've guided more than 1,000 adults, every year since 1997, to become proficient and confident US Sailing Certified Sailors.


As far as instructors, one can't raise the bar higher. Yours are professional, knowledgeable beyond expectation, constructive, positive and truly wonderful people. As the voices of your firm they cannot be surpassed. - Robert O. Charlotte, NC


Why chose Ondeck for your sailing instruction?


First: Sailing Classes Ondeck Charleston offers US Sailing Certification. You may follow your dreams from US Sailing Certified Basic Keelboat Course through Coastal Navigation Course and all the way to Ocean Passage Making. Unique to Ondeck Charleston, we are offer US Sailing Ocean Passage Making as its final course. The US Sailing Association thoroughly teaches students how to sail competently and confidently using hands on training and a lot of time on the water. US Sailing Certification is recognized both nationally and internationally for bareboat charter experiences.


Second: Our Instructors All of our US Sailing Certified Instructors are highly experienced sailors who know how to teach and make learning to sail FUN!


Third: Our Location Charleston's beautiful harbor is an ideal location that allows for a wide variety of sailing experiences while within sight of Charleston's Battery and Historical Fort Sumter. You may choose from single-day sailing classes to multi-week offshore sailing adventures.


Fourth: Course Variety - We offer many ways for you to comfortably gain sailing skills: weekday and weekend classes, family sailing classes, sailing lessons on your own boat, harbor racing, student-crewed ocean races, racing with the Ondeck Farr 40 Team, team building programs, cruising flotillas, and bareboat and skippered sailboat charters.


"The sailing class was great! I learned more with Cyrus in three days than I have learned in all of the sailing classes I have taken (ASA and others). I really don't have any suggestions on changing the course; I was 110% satisfied!!!" - Randall Lannie, Charleston, SC



As an Ondeck Charleston sailing student you:



Benefit from Highly Personalized Instruction


Maximum of 4 students per instructor. Our instructors teach using all learning modalities including repetition, question and answer, demonstration and best of all offering LOTS of hands on experience. Wherever you are in the learning process, we'll meet you and progress from there and make certain you acquire the skills needed to become a confident sailor.


"We had a lot of fun on board and I was much inspired with confidence. It was the most pleasant and satisfying learning experience I have ever had." - Peggy W.



Spend Maximum Time on the Water


Learning to sail REQUIRES lots of time on the water, and at Ondeck you spend 95% of your course time on the water SAILING. Many other schools are classroom focused but at Ondeck, you sit on a BOAT - not a chair.


Our courses introduce you to the concepts and then make sure that you have plenty of time to practice, learn and know each step before moving on to larger boats and bigger water. Our Basic Keelboat, for example, runs for a total of 6 days, vs. the common 3 to 4 days most other companies use to teach the same material. This additional time on the water is critical in providing YOU with the skills and content required to make you a competent sailor.



Learn with the Newest and Best Equipment


Ondeck's boats range from 26 foot Colgates to fully outfitted ocean going yachts. Basic Keelboat classes all start on the Colgates since they are the perfect boats to teach the fundamental skills. Ondeck offers all advanced cruising instruction onboard our fleet of cruising boats: Beneteau 423, Beneteau 40, Beneteau 47.3, and more.



Sail with Exceptional Instructors


Ondeck instructors are all US Sailing Certified instructors who are highly experienced sailors. Many have their own boats, race regularly, sail professionally as delivery captains, and they are all ready to share their passion for sailing with you.


"It was nothing less than terrific. Our instructors found the perfect balance between control and oversight. We laughed and learned, were appropriately serious, and all questions were answered kindly and appropriately." - Marion W. Anderson, NC



Enjoy a Challenging and Beautiful Location


Charleston's warm climate and its broad, shallow waters provide a comfortable backdrop to the constant challenge of tides, winds, river currents and offshore conditions, all of which develop students' sail planning and close-quarter maneuvering skills.


"There is nowhere else in the U.S. that you can sail all year round with a dependable sea breeze in a protected harbor. The combination of great breeze and tricky currents makes Charleston Harbor excellent for racing." - Reggie Fairchild, Co-chairman, Melges 24 Nationals, Charleston 2008



Enjoy Sailing Between Lessons








Join student-crewed boats in summer harbor races and off-shore races.
Charter our boats with or without a skipper.
Strengthen specific skills in Focus Classes.
Brush up on skills you may have forgotten in a Refresher Course.
Enjoy offshore sailing - This is the only sailing program in the country that offers a Transatlantic Crossing for the Ocean Passage Making course. We offer frequent trips to the Bahamas, Virgin Islands and Bermuda for the Coastal Passage Making courses.




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