Bluewater Sailing
Marina del Rey, Southern California
| (310) 823-5545 |

At Bluewater Sailing, we offer sailing lessons in Marina del Rey, the Pacific Ocean, and beyond for beginners and advanced sailors alike. Our convenient location in Marina del Rey is just minutes away from LAX airport and within walking distance of hotels and great restaurants. With year-round sailing conditions, Marina del Rey provides the perfect environment for sailors to achieve their goals.

Inside the marina, you’ll face varying winds without waves. Outside the break wall in Santa Monica Bay, you’ll experience the open Pacific Ocean with its stunning scenery and wildlife; including dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, and numerous aquatic birds.

Our experienced and professional instructors are all avid sailors, racers, and cruisers who love to share their passion for sailing. With small class sizes, personalized attention is guaranteed.

Our students have access to the largest student fleet in Marina del Rey. Once you’ve qualified, you can join our EZCrew program, which runs primarily on weekends, for more time on the water and the chance to sail with other students to enhance your skills.

In addition to our full curriculum of ASA courses, we offer year-round sailing opportunities that are both educational and fun. Our innovative programs include Advanced Sail Trim, FAST classes, Practical Local Navigation, Spinnaker Training, and more. We have a women (identifying)-exclusive program with social events, lessons, and sailing meetups, called sheSAILORbws. We also offer travel charter experiences beyond Catalina Island—a regular destination for our ASA104 class.

Understanding the terminology and physiology of sailing, combined with ample time on the water, sets us apart from other programs. Our 5-star Google reviews reflect the satisfaction of our sailors, and we invite you to experience our Bluewater tradition of “Practice Makes Permanent.” Contact us today to learn more about how we can teach you to sail and ignite your love for this incredible sport.

Learn to sail. Love to sail. Let Bluewater show you how.

American Sailing Certifications Offered

ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
ASA 102, Keelboat Sailing 2
ASA 102, Keelboat Sailing 2
Learn to skipper and crew aboard a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 30 feet in length by day in winds up to 20 knots. Depart, sail, and return with control demonstrating teamwork.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
ASA 111, Sailing Review
ASA 111, Sailing Review
Desire to improve or re-familiarize sailing knowledge and skills imparted during previous ASA keelboat certification course(s). Student and Instructor jointly decide on goals prior to the start of the review.
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.
ASA 119, Marine Weather Endorsement
ASA 119, Marine Weather Endorsement
Learn to observe and forecast weather conditions using traditional maritime skills and modern technology. Knowledge of weather information for planning and adapting navigation during short duration and extended voyages.

Other Services Available

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Day Sail Charters (member-only)
  • Vacation Charters
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Sailboat Cruises
  • Racing Courses
  • Sail Trim Courses
  • Spinnaker Courses


ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program - Sign Up Now >>

At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course. Bluewater Sailing is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • I since have purchased another boat and I have been able to thoroughly enjoy the experience because of the skills I was taught at Bluewater and continue to perfect. If you want to learn to sail, charter boats or purchase your own, Bluewater is "..."[read more]

    Scott P - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

  • There is no other sailing school in the area with instructors who are as dedicated to teaching students not only the fundamentals of sailing but giving them the tools to make sailing safe and fun. They are knowledgeable, professional and "..."[read more]

    R Clarke - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • Very conscientious, meticulous, instruction, with goal teaching safety skills. My wife and I learned plenty from their instruction, their motor handling course is a must for any one handling a large boat in the close quarters of Marian Del Rey "..."[read more]

    N Ardakani - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • Bluewater Sailing is the best sailing school in the area and anyone interested in seriously learning to sail while having a lot of fun should go here! I initially went to a different sailing school because it was more in my budget...[read more]

    Christopher L. - Bluewater Sailing

  • Went through the private version of their ASA 101. Worth every penny. Great instructor, solid fleet, prompt feedback and replies from the office, flexibility in scheduling, and custom requests. Very happy with the service and quality of training.[read more]

    Stefania S. - Bluewater Sailing

  • Bluewater is perfect for beginners looking to learn a lot in a friendly, patient, and supportive environment. I’m particularly loving Captain Kaz’s women’s classes! [read more]

    Cheryl W. - Bluewater Sailing

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Bluewater Sailing

Address 13505 Bali WayMarina del ReyCA90292USA
Phone (310) 823-5545
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