information AND POLICIES


  • Life Jacket: Every sailor must bring a Type III, Coast Guard approved life jacket. It must always be worn on the water or on the dock. Orange “horse collar” PFDs are not allowed. We have spare life jackets you can borrow for free if you do not have one, however our supply is limited so if you are able to buy one, or have one of your own, please bring it.

  • Clothing: Check weather conditions before leaving home and dress appropriately. We recommend quick-drying clothing with UV protective properties. Long-sleeve swim shirts, sunglasses, and wide-brimmed hats all help to prevent sunburn and long-term skin and eye damage. Bring a bag with swimsuit, rain gear, extra clothes, towel, etc. Put the sailor’s name and a phone number on each item, including backpack or bag. We are not responsible for lost items.

  • Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen before leaving home. Sailors should have it with them at the lake as well.

  • Water: Provide a water bottle for each sailor. To avoid dehydration on hot days, sailors must drink plenty of water.

  • Footwear: Feet will get wet. Aqua socks, submersible sneakers, or sandals with a back strap (Teva, Chaco, Keen) are all acceptable. Flip-flops are not allowed. Shoes must be worn at all times.

  • Bicycle Lock: Sailors who ride bicycles to the lake should bring a heavy-duty lock and securely lock the bike to bike racks.

  • Food: For students attending full day classes, there will be a lunch break. Each day, instructors bring their students to different restaurants such as Lunds, Mesa, or Jimmy John’s. Sailors should bring a bagged lunch or money to purchase a lunch.


  • Location: Classes are held at the boathouse and sailing dock in the northeast corner of Bde Maka Ska. Boathouse address is 3010 E Calhoun Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55408.

  • Drop Off and Pick Up: Drop off and pick up occurs in the turnaround next to the boathouse. Do not leave your car unattended and do not double park next to other cars. Minneapolis Sailing Center staff will call for your student and help direct cars

  • Check In and Check Out: For youth camps, make sure your child checks in and out with his or her instructor every day. If students leave without telling an instructor, we don’t know if they are safely on their way. Ask your child every day if they checked out with an instructor.

  • Parking: Parking is not allowed in the turnaround and unattended cars will be ticketed. Parking is available on neighborhood streets. Do not park on Knox Ave between Lake St. and W 31st St—it is restricted to permits only.


We do not rent our sailboats, but we do offer a membership program that allows members nearly unlimited use of our fleet of sailboats during open sailing hours. 


We expect students to follow certain rules that promote the emotional and physical safety of all. Bullying and/or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  Parents will be notified of persistent problems with their child’s behavior. Those students who continue to be disruptive will be asked to leave.


If you need to withdraw from a class, a full refund will be made until one week before the start of the class; a 50% refund until the day before class starts; no refunds once class has started.  All refunds are subject to a $25 cancellation fee. 


  • Youth Classes: We sail as weather allows, keeping safety our first priority. Youth classes are held regardless of weather conditions. We constantly monitor weather throughout the day, and when bad weather develops, sailors are taken off the water and into the boathouse or other shelter. Instructors will continue with activities and lessons indoors. There are no makeup days due to foul weather for youth classes.

  • Adult Classes: In the event of hazardous weather, we may cancel and reschedule evening classes or postpone the starting time. We usually notify sailors one hour prior to the start of class via email if we are cancelling classes. If weather is threatening, check your email for cancellation notice, or call the boathouse at 612-822-8328. If bad weather develops after the start of class, we will get sailors off the lake and into the boathouse and continue on-land instruction and activities.


  • Swimming Skills: Sailors must be comfortable in the water and able to swim while wearing a life jacket. Youth sailors (not Parent/Child kids) will be given a swim test in which they tread water for one minute while wearing a life jacket and swim 50 feet while wearing a life jacket. The swim test will not be required for adult sailors, however, by registering for a class, you affirm that you are comfortable in the water while wearing a life jacket.

  • Damage to Equipment: Students and/or parents are responsible for covering costs of significant damage to sailboats, sails, and other equipment.


Sometimes sailing can be intimidating, especially for kids and beginners. It can be loud, windy, fast, and make one feel out of control. Although it may seem scary, your child is safe. Our goal is to empower your child with the skills they need to overcome their fears and show them how fun sailing can be. We will support your child on land and on water, but if you become aware that your child is struggling, let us know, and we can talk about how best to help your child.