Adult Sailing Programs

Programs for beginner to advanced sailors

Adult Programs Status Update (Last Updated September 1, 2020)

RENTALS: Available daily 9am-5pm by appointment only. Please call the Dock Office (401-849-8385) to schedule. All sailors must be from the same social network at this time. See our sailboat rentals page for more information. Email the Dock Office

ADULT INSTRUCTION: Private lessons are now available daily 9am-5pm by appointment only. We are unable to offer group lessons at this time. Please call the Dock Office (401-849-8385) to schedule. See our adult instruction page for more information.

TRY SAILING: Try Sailing experiential sailing is now available daily 9am-5pm by appointment only. All sailors must be from the same household. Please call the Dock Office (401-849-8385) to schedule. See our Try Sailing page for more information.


Adult sailing programs for beginner to advanced and racing sailors.

Sailing is an exhilarating sport. Navigating over the water with the power of the wind and the sounds of the waves lapping against a boat is uplifting and relaxing. Sailing is also a rare sport where you can participate with family and friends of all ages. You can enjoy sailing for a lifetime. You are never too old to start and you’re never old enough to stop.

We offer programs for all ages on all skill levels. Let Sail Newport introduce you to this active and beautiful sport. If you already have some experience sailing but haven’t been for a while, a refresher course is waiting for you.

Learn to sail or advance your skills
Learning to sail can be easy, fun and affordable. Throughout the summer, Sail Newport’s adult sailing program offers sessions of individualized instruction aboard our fleet of J/22s and a Rhodes 19. All levels of skill are offered with the flexibility to take as many sessions as you wish when you wish. Morning and evening group lessons on weekdays and weekends are offered, as well as private instruction at the customer’s convenience.

Refresher course
Some of our customers simply need a refresher course and a few hours on the water with an instructor is enough to helm a boat again.

Sail on your own – Rent a boat
Once you have completed enough instruction, your instructor will make a decision to give you a check-out. A check-out certifies you to rent a boat on your own, without an instructor onboard.

If you already know how to sail, you can make an appointment to arrive early for your rental and take a check-out sail demonstrating competence to sail a boat on your own and leave and return to mooring or dock, you can enjoy exploring Newport’s scenic harbor and coastline as a helmsperson.