Sailing Programs

The 2023 Clear Lake Sailing Center is looking forward to another great year of sailing. Head instructors and senior instructors are certified by the US Sailing program, with a water safety component as part of the certification. Please register early—at least 3 weeks prior to your session—as we are limiting class size.



Clear Lake Sailing Center General Information for 2023

Course Descriptions


Sailing School is designed for the beginner, intermediate and advanced sailor. Each student will receive specific instruction customized to his/her experience level. Topics will include boat parts, boat safety, and basic boat-handling skills. Students may receive training/instruction in a variety of boat types, including Optimist, X Scows and Hobie type boats.

Week 1
June 5-8

West Water Clinic X Boat Racers
June 25-27

Week 2
June 12-15

Week 3
June 19-22

X Racers Clinic
June 25-27

Week 4
July 6-7 (2-days AM/PM Sessions, No Racers, Thursday July 6th Start Time 9am)

Week 5
July 10-13

Week 6
July 17-20

Week 7
July 24-27

Week 8
July 31-August 2 (Adult Class Only / Tuesday Evening August 1)

Week 9
August 7-10



Skills taught will include tactics, racing rules and courses. These are 1 week sessions, Monday through Thursday from 8:30am – 11:30am. Registration is $135.00 per week.



On Monday through Thursday afternoons, the X fleet will hold instruction and racing during each week. Skills taught will included tactics, racing rules and courses.  Cost of the session will include both skipper and crew. Monday through Thursday from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Registration is $175.00 per boat per week.

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Registration Fees  $120

Classes will be held:
June: 13, 20
July: 11, 18
August: 1

Regatta Registration:

Coaching Expense/Regatta (fee per boat)
• GLSS – July 10-12 – Fees TBD
• ILYA X Championships – July 30-August 2 – $200.00 per boat
• ILYA Opti Championships – July 27-29 – $125.00 per boat

Sailing School scholarships are available—for more information, please contact Andi Tisor at (515) 554-2013.


Introduction to Sailing/Beginner: $135/each (T-Shirts are available separately for an additional $20.00)

OPTI RACERS (mornings, 4 days per week)

$135 per Week (t-shirt not included)

X BOAT & O’PEN BIC RACING (afternoons, 4 days per week)

$175 per Boat per Week (t-shirts not included)

NOTE: Weekend X Boat Racing is available during your sessions for an additional, one-time fee of $60.00.


$120 (T-shirt NOT included)


All classes are held at the Clear Lake Sailing Center facility at 103 Main Avenue, Clear Lake, Iowa. The phone number is (641) 357-8001.

What to Wear

• Lifejacket (required): US Coast Guard Type III or higher that fits properly. Students must wear their lifejackets while on any dock and while aboard any sail or power boat during school hours.

• Shoes (required): We recommend boat shoes, aqua-socks, sneakers, boating sandals (Tevas, etc.) or other soft-soled shoe that will not leave marks on the boats, are made to get wet, and will not easily fall off the student’s feet.

• Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses: Please remember to have your child put on sunscreen before coming to class.

• Swimsuit & towel: Expect to get wet. Bring or wear swimsuit. Bring extra layers for chilly days.

Rules of Behavior

Key rules include the lifejacket shore-to-shore policy, no running on the dock, and no leaving the facility grounds when on shore during class. All additional rules will be explained on the first day.

Water Safety Assessment

All students will be given a swimming check. This will allow the instructors to assess each student’s swimming abilities. The check will be with and without lifejackets on, and will include

• Swimming 50 yards unaided. • Treading water for 1 minute.

Children will also be given a water orientation to learn self-rescue.

Bad Weather

Class will NOT be cancelled due to bad weather. When the safety of the students is threatened by weather, indoor sailing-related activities are implemented. When no-wind days occur, outdoor sailing-related activities are complemented by other activities such as swimming and volleyball.

Parent Communication

Please direct any questions or concerns to a member of the Sailing School board:

• Andi Tisor (515) 554-2013

NOTE: The Sailing School reserves the right to assign students to the class appropriate to their abilities and to limit class size. Descriptions, dates, times, and costs for specific levels and sessions are listed on the next page.

Family Fun Nights

 Let your young sailor show what he or she has been learning while you enjoy the company of other Sailing School families! Instructors will run a few short races, weather permitting. More details, such as start times and what to bring, will be shared with students during each session.  THESE DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED!