Where to Take Dad Sailing in San Diego

Want to hit the open waters with dad this Father’s day, but don’t quite know where to begin? Fortunately, there are plenty of schools on Shelter Island and in Point Loma that can teach you the difference between leeward and windward, the bow and the stern, and a whole lot more. Check out our picks for the best San Diego sailing lessons, available near Best Western Plus Island Palms Marina & Hotel.


Sail San Diego

Sign up for private sailing lessons with Sail San Diego, where the captains boast a combined 72 years of experience on the sea. Learn the fundamentals, and move at your own pace. Classes, which are available for beginner or more advanced sailors, are held in the protected waters of the San Diego Bay. This school also offers courses for ICC Sailing Certification.


Location: 2051 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106


J/World Performance Sailing – San Diego

The highly-rated J/World Sailing School on Shelter Island features a wide variety of sailing courses and certifications. In addition to their basic Learn-to-Sail classes, which are held on a 26-foot tiller steered keelboat, this school also offers Performance Cruising, Liveaboard Cruising, Racing Courses, and more. Students can also opt for private coaching and instruction.


Location: 2240 Shelter Island Dr #202, San Diego, CA 92106


Shelter Island Sailing

Located across the harbor in Point Loma, Shelter Island Sailing has been teaching students for over 50 years. Beginners can sign up for Basic Keelboat Sailing, before moving on the Basic Coastal Cruising. If you’ll be in town for a few days, we recommend trying the two- or three-day Bareboat and Catamaran Certifications.


Location: 4980 N Harbor Dr #202, San Diego, CA 92106

Visit these schools to learn the basics or sharpen your sailing skills when you stay at Best Western Plus Island Palms Marina & Hotel. It’s just one of many nearby activities to enjoy during your stay.