The Most Popular and Friendly Sailing Academy with the Best Quality Boats

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We Are Covid-19 Safe Operational With Private Lessons And No Crowded Sailboats


We are premiere editorially selected to be in First Coast Magazine’s feature on Learning Sailing




NBC News Affiliate Featuring Southern Sailing Academy – *Click*




“Our students find that lost-leader discount banners like GroupOn “experiences” etc are a waste and a delay to learning because seasoned sailors know that true sailing expertise cannot be accomplished in 2 hours.”


We selectively generously grant Partial Scholarships to deserving students and chip in financially and are especially grateful to our military service members that are not able to have Sailing Education in the military.




We are Coast to Coast.

Jacksonville, Florida ~ 904-728-2161 and 650-384-5712

Southern California ~ 650-384-5712 ~~~ Newport Beach and Marina Del Rey 

 ~~~ Enjoy calling us today and get your questions about learning to sail, and Corporate Rewards Sunset Cruises answered

Expect More

And Get It!

The difference is feeling welcoming personality with a sport that’s fun.

Learn To Sail At The Most Fun Place!!

Far Superior to Boring Schools With Textbooks and Groups – Private Instruction suited to Your Learning Style.

The Truth is that certificates from “Associations” are truly meaningless.

There are no requirements to sail a boat from some official organization – despite what they want you to think.

Learn the Truth about so-called “Sailing Associations” designed to intimidate you as a beginner.

What counts is your skill level – that will only get better with Custom Instruction.

Purchase a Gift Certificate for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and any celebratory occasion ~ and get 10% discount on our private courses in Marina Del Rey, CA, Newport Beach, CA, and Jacksonville FL – excluding our Introductory Workshop and excluding Destin

We teach children ages 12 and up, to sail safely and proficiently and that builds their self-esteem and their skill set.

Attention Sailboat buyers and owners of cosmetically shipshape sailboats!

If you have the personality and a desire to teach lessons part-time and deduct your slip fees, maintenance, insurance, and depreciation from your taxable income and receive salary from Southern Sailing, then call us to discuss your training today! Many boat buyers have successfully used this method including many celebrities! 904-728-2161 and 650-384-5712

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Win one of our beautiful stylish Sailor High Quality T-Shirts and show your love for the sport of sailing!

“We teach the easy way that anyone can learn”

Sailing is a hands-on sport, not an academic book study.

And our referrals come to us because we teach you the sailing skills hands-on, not from chalkboards and books – that’s what our graduate students truly appreciate.


Individualized Sailing means that we don’t put you in a boatload of people to dilute your instruction.

Q: How can I learn properly if I go out on a Groupon with a bunch of people for a quick ride for less than $100 bucks?

A: That is why we specialize in only PRIVATE personal instruction:

because we know from experience that sailing is technical – and you can’t learn properly and efficiently unless you personally – are completely focused on by an instructor – to overcome your individual challenges to hands-on learning how to sail

– not just a cheaper “bargain” joyride that largely wastes your learning time, and leads you into a string of extra courses, each costing you more money piecemeal – on lower quality boats that don’t match the sailboat you want to eventually or soon sail.

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  • We have successfully taught over 15,000 students to sail since 1979 at our Marina del Rey, CA., Houston Tx., Atlanta Ga. academies, and since 1992 in Florida.



Sailing really works up your appetite! If you are visiting from Out-of-State or Internationally, we will guide you to the most fabulous local on-the-water vacation spots and restaurants!


~~~See schools of dolphins sailing out on-the-water!


Southern Sailing School in Jacksonville FL, Newport Beach, CA and Marina Del Rey, CA is the most personalized way to learn to sail.

Gain a strong sense of self-mastery on the water with one-on-one tailored friendly and patient and understanding instruction that individually suits your learning style.

No rigid ASA or US Sailing programs that overlook your personal hurdles to learning.

No difficult school schedules to conform to.

We customize your lessons to your busy schedule.

You don’t have to today join the people that are saving themselves from the restrictions of old-fashioned school structures that dictate how you should absorb the new skills, regardless of how you feel about learning.

The Weather is Lovely ~ Be Part of The Rich History of Sailing

Students under sail

You will be learning on a beautiful, well-maintained stable in the water, sailing yacht that is much better than a Summer Camp tiny sailboat

(see also picture and notice larger size of the cockpit)

which is much safer than a cheaper small sailboat that can capsize

(capsize=boat flips over and dunks the sailors and their belongings in the water, is potentially even risky, and then the sailboat has to be “righted” which means the boat has to be turned right-side up which can be challenging)

By now, you might be considering purchasing our Learn to Sail on-the-water Intro course for yourself or you and another person.


~ When your Corporate Team Goals have been achieved by your people, Reward your Key Hard-Working Employees for a job well accomplished with Corporate on-the-water 4 hour Sunset cruises to The Landing and back on our beautiful Stiletto 27 foot Catamaran Sailboat in Jacksonville for Parties of up to six ~  


Call us today and get all your questions about learning to sail, and Corporate Reward Sunset Cruises answered.


We are Coast to Coast.

California ~ 650-384-5712 ~~~ Newport Beach and Marina Del Rey 

Florida ~ 904-728-2161 and 650-384-5712 ~~~ Enjoy calling us today and get your questions about learning to sail, and Corporate Rewards Sunset Cruises answered


(On mobile, just touch our phone number on the screen to get a pop-up to direct dial us for helpful answers to your questions)

Florida Marina ~ 12796 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223

Call Us anytime day or night, we’re open 24 hours a day 7 days a week





Join the exclusive world of experienced yacht sailors with our affordable lessons. Southern Sailing in Marina Del Rey, CA, Newport Beach, CA and Jacksonville, FL offers sailing instruction and Sunset cruises.

· Our prices for 12 hr. certification course for bareboat charter $108. per hr p.p. (double occupancy) = $648.50 per person. We certify you for handling up to a 35 foot boat for bareboat charter. Single person rate $65 per hour=$780 for 12 hours of personal instruction. 10% discount for Gift Certificates purchased from us.

· We have successfully taught over 15,000 students to sail since 1980 at our Marina del Rey Ca., Houston Tx., Atlanta Ga. academies.

· We offer individual instruction tailored to student’s individual learning curve.

· No classroom – watch 2 hr. instructional DVD before coming to yacht. All time spent on the water hands on.


Unique Evening Sailing Instruction
Beat the heat and enjoy the sunset. We are offering evening lessons for 4, 3-hour sessions from 6 to 9 p.m. These lessons are offered on weeknights. You may also attend from 4 to 9 p.m. on weekends if you prefer.

Unique Time-Tested Methodology
Our courses are designed to prepare the student to successfully challenge the certification standards for that particular skill level. Most of our students are able to pass the Southern Sailing Charter Certification practical skill requirements during course time. Some however, require an additional review course or two before they are ready to challenge the practical checkout. On average, our students are ready to charter after 4 days of formal instruction.

Chartering Requirements
Even with sailing certification, many charter companies may require an on-the-water test of sailing skill practical checkout before chartering. Southern Sailing Charter Certification is available to others who successfully challenge the practical checkout.

If a student cancels the lesson due to personal or travel delay, or if we deem that sailing conditions are adverse or unsafe, we will issue a rain check valid at any time. No refunds are issued, since we would have reserved the vessel and instructor for the proposed course.

Southern Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification
This course teaches a beginner how to safely and efficiently sail boats about 25 feet long, in light to moderate wind and sea conditions. The theory of sailing, points of sail, nomenclature, rigging, docking, rules of the road, safety at sea, and response of the boat to the movement of the helm are covered, along with sail trim, knots, buoys, international code flags, true and apparent wind, wind shifts and telltales.


We provide your Bareboat Charter Certification for both The Moorings and Sunsail vacations.