Lake Erie Sailing School

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Fair Wind Sailing School – America’s Best Sailing School operates on Lake Erie from our sailing school in Sandusky, OH. On Lake Erie, Fair Wind's Ohio Sailing School is the largest sailing school in the Midwest and is conveniently located at Battery Park Marina in Sandusky, Ohio providing easy access from Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland and other locations in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and beyond.

What makes Fair Wind's Lake Erie Sailing School the best sailing school in Ohio?  Three reasons. First, sailing experience -- we've certified more charterers than all other Ohio sailing schools combined.  While shaky, inexperienced schools pop up and disappear every year, we've been successfully teaching students in Ohio, The Bahamas and the Caribbean for almost 10 years. Don't waste your time and money being someone's "hobby", learn from professionals who know how to teach sailing and have a long, successful track record.  Second, sailing instruction.  The instructor delivering your lessons is absolutely critical.  That's why we have the most rigorous instructor requirements in the industry.  The result is that 100% of Ohio Instructor of the Year Winners teach at Fair Wind's Ohio sailing school.  That's right, we've got em all!!  While competitors settle for our rejected captains, we keep the best and that benefits Fair Wind's students.  Third, our sailing lesson plan.  The ICSO sailing lessons were developed by sailors, not some California bureaucrat, and are based on sailing benchmarks defined by charter companies and cruisers, not some committee trying to sell more text books.  Our curriculum also allows you the most time actually sailing the boat -- and that's how adults really learn. Finally, we are the only school offering the Fair Wind Guarantee -- give it your best shot and if we can't get you certified, you can repeat the class for free!!  Add it all up and you''ll see why our Lake Erie Sailing School is America's Best Sailing School.


From our Ohio Sailing School we offer our week long Instant Bareboater® live-aboard sailing lessons on a regular schedule. Instant Bareboater® sailing lessons provide certification from beginning sailing through Bareboat Chartering. Typical itineraries include stops at the fabulous Lake Erie Islands as well as other fine ports in Coastal Ohio and Michigan. The price for these sailing lessons includes on board meals and 6 nights aboard (see FAQ page for more details) .

We also offer Fair Wind Sailing School’s Instant Cruiser® sailing lessons on Lake Erie from our Ohio Sailing School. This is a 3 day sailing lesson that provides weekend sailing instruction beginning on Saturday morning and ending on Monday late afternoon. Instant Cruiser® sailing lessons offer certification at the day chartering level.  This is a live-aboard optional (your choice) class with on-board accommodations provided during the class at no extra charge. Overnight accommodations can be made for out of town guests for the nights before or after these classes.

Fair Wind Sailing School also offers sailing instruction in Coastal Navigation, Celestial Navigation, Basic Sailing, Bareboat Chartering and Advanced Sailing at our Lake Erie sailing school. Due to irregular demand for these sailing lessons, they are scheduled upon request.

Fair Wind Sailing School also operates on nearby Lake St. Clair. For more information on Lake St Clair, please visit our Michigan Sailing School page.

Fair Wind Sailing School offers sailing lessons on Lake Erie from May through October; our complete sailing schedule is below. Come join Fair Wind Sailing School – America’s Best Sailing School.

Fair Wind Sailing School announces its new online reservation booking system. When you book on line, you will be charged only the 50% deposit to hold your berth. 


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