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About Us

The Columbia Sailing School, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is highly regarded, diverse, and optimally located on the docks of the Columbia Yacht Club right off Randolph Street on Lake Michigan, with coaches trained to keep children safe, have fun, and learn.


Our youth programs provide education, from introductory sailing summer camps to advanced racing teams. Our youth alumni develop lifelong skills and friendships that lead to opportunities in high school, college, and international competitions, as well as life on the water. 


Our adult sailing programs focus on new and intermediate sailors and are taught on our fleet of Colgate 26 sailboats. Our instructors are a combination of qualified and highly experienced volunteers and trained US Sailing certified instructors. Our programs cover introductions to sailing and racing. 


We offer powerboat lessons tailored to adults and children (12+). It’s never too early to become familiar with the operation of a motorized vessel, whether it’s your sailboat’s dinghy, a racing mark set boat, or your go-fast boat.

Meet the Team

Summer Youth Sailing Staff

Summer Adult Keelboat Staff

Interested in working with us?  

Columbia Sailing School always looks for seasonal part-time Spring, Summer, and Fall Sailing Instructors experienced in Youth Sailing Camp and Adult Lessons Programming. We are a 501(c)3 organization housed within Columbia Yacht Club in downtown Chicago. Every year, we welcome over 500 kids ages 5-18 and an Adult Lessons program to the shorelines of Lake Michigan for classes ranging from adventure boating to high-performance racing.

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