Adult Instruction

Adult instruction

Adult Instruction Status Update (Last Updated June 21)

We are pleased to be offering adult instruction! Here is how it will work for the foreseeable future:

  • We will be offering private lessons to members of the same household
  • Group sessions (specific times only and a discounted rate)  may be available if you are from the same household
  • Private lessons are available seven days a week
  • Lessons are booked by appointment only (no walk-ins)

Please reach out to the Dock Office with any questions on adult instruction. If you are looking for an experiential sail, visit our Try Sailing page.

Group instruction

Sail Newport offers weekly group adult learn-to-sail, adult intermediate and adult advanced classes from late May through Labor Day weekend, and then on weekends in September.

Within each session, students of the same skill level work with an instructor, with a maximum ratio of 3:1. Classes are taught on our fleet of J/22s and a Rhodes 19. All levels of skill are offered each session, providing you with the flexibility to take as many sessions as you wish, when you wish, and make progress towards your goals at your own pace.

Please also note that sailing instruction takes place rain or shine. If you are scheduled and it’s severely inclement weather, we will reach out to you to reschedule. Otherwise, please arrive at the Sailing Center for indoor review and classroom learning.

Sail Newport reserves the right to change, reschedule or cancel any classes at any time.


First session TBD, last of summer September 1-3.

  • Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday
  • Morning Session 9:30-11:30 a.m. or Evening Session 6:00-8:00 p.m.

First session TBD, last of summer September 4-6.

  • Friday/Saturday/Sunday
  • Friday 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday/Sunday 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • There will be no weekend session July 3-5
  • September 12-13, 19-20, 26 & 27, October 3-4
  • Saturday/Sunday 9:30 – 12:30 a.m.
  • Weekday sessions: $135.00
  • Weekend sessions: $165.00
  • Weekday sessions: $168.00
  • Weekend sessions: $197.00

Private instruction

We also offer private instruction, with certified instructors, for all skill levels. Private lessons provide a one-on-one experience, and work well as a confidence builder, introduction to the sport of sailing, or are a perfect way to focus on improving specific skills and experience.

Private lessons are typically taught in 2 hour (min.) blocks, scheduled at a time that is convenient for you, and based on instructor availability.

The minimum student age is 10 and older for 1:1 private instruction.

Rates are based on a 1:1 ratio. There is a fee for additional student(s). No charge for children under 12 who are “additional” students.

  • Weekday sessions: $118.00
  • Weekend sessions: $158.00
  • Additional person: $20
  • Weekday sessions: $174.00
  • Weekend sessions: $198.00
  • Additional person: $30

Have questions?

Call (401) 849-8385 (May – October) for details, questions or reservations, or email