ECY’s classes are all live aboard and have professional, dedicated, and compassionate instructors in an environment exceptionally well suited for learning all aspects of sailing. Our local sailing waters start off in the heart of the sailing destination of Pensacola Beach, allowing you to walk to restaurants, shops and beaches right from our marina. As your skills build, you will sail from sweet Little Sabine Bay, out into sounds & bays that make up the Intra Coastal Waterway, then out into the Gulf of Mexico. Learning to sail and navigate all of these bodies of water develop all essential skills to managing a sailing cruise on your own. And all of them close enough to allow you to return to our marina at the end of each sailing day, allowing you to maximize practice time in and out of the marina, the instructor to go home and you privacy on board each night.
Our sailing school specializes in private, live-aboard sailing classes for couples, friends, and families. By “private”, we mean that you and someone you choose will be the only students staying aboard the vessel and in your sailing classes. We recommend choosing someone that you intend to sail with after graduation as your primary class partner – spouse, son, daughter, good friend, brother or sister – someone that you choose!
Private Lessons for Couples, Families, and Friends
We specialize in teaching YOUR sailing party — people you intend to sail with in the same class. Our classes include couples, families and friends in private classes allowing for a team approach. We also schedule classes with sailors that would like to learn to ‘single hand’, enjoying the water out on their own.
Small Class Size + Flexible Scheduling
Our year round, scheduled by appointment classes were designed to have only two students per instructor (upon request, we accept up to four students per class). This maximizes each student’s hands-on experience on the water and provides direct attention from the instructor, both on the water and in the classroom. We also welcome ‘Ride Alongs’ to help prepare the crew for sailing with their newly trained skipper.
Extra Sail Time
Learning to sail is both a lot of work and a lot of fun. At ECY, we feel that the time dedicated to meeting the ASA standards for each course should be supplemented with enough time to enjoy the sail and practice each skill enough to master it. Not only do we offer a small class size, we have extended each of our classes to allow our ASA certified instructors the time we feel is necessary to provide a thorough training experience – and for our students to enjoy the sail.
ASA Sailing Certification Courses Offered
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.
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.
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.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
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.
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.
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.
Other Services Offered
- Women Only Courses
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
- Corporate Team Building Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Day Sail Charters (public)
- Sunset Cruises
ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program
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.
Emerald Coast Yachts is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.
Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials
My husband and I shopped around for a sailing school- up and down the east coast - and selected ECY. We are so fortunate to have found it! All of the planning was smooth and easy[read more]
Mimi, North Carolina - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
See the Emerald Coast without spending allot of Green![read more]
Bruce, Mississippi - ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
Thanks very much for leading my family through our first sailing experience. We all had a great time learning Basic Keelboat and look forward to scheduling more classes with you. Truly outstanding!
The Clark Family - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
When we contacted you about learning to sail our objectives were clear--for Vic and I to be able to sail our wives around the BVI without a charter captain. Well, ECY delivered. Based on our wonderful training from ECY, we felt comfortable
Bill & Vic - ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
For the second time my son & I leave your school with a renewed sense of accomplishment and confidence. I cannot begin to relate how much insight my son & I have gained from you and your school with the last two courses we have taken.
Tom & Brandon - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Emerald Coast Yachts
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