All Aboard: How To Cross Sailing Off Your DFW Bucketlist

via Flickr: Dan Thibodeaux

By Rachel Miller, NewsCastic

Have you ever had dreams of learning how to sail in DFW, but don’t know where to start?

Some people may think sailing in Texas, especially North Texas may not be achievable, it actually is. There are a lot of places in the Metroplex where you can fulfill your dreams of sailing those crisp, Texas waters.

Here are 5 places in DFW where you can learn how to get your sail on.

North Texas Sailing School

North Texas Sailing School, one of the oldest sailing schools in Dallas, is located at the Rush Creek Yacht Club, which is just east shore of Lake Ray Hubbard. They offer a variety of classes that will get you ready to the Dallas waters. Beginning Sailing, a 12 hour course that’ll get you used to being on the waters will cost $389. And there’s Intermediate Sailing, a 10 hour course needed to get your ASA 101 certification priced at $399.

North Texas Sailing School also offers combo packages where you can pay for two different courses for a packaged price.

Sail Dallas

At Sail Dallas, you’ll be able to learn the basic art of sailing as well as have the option to take Bareboat Certification and Offshore sailing courses.

The majority of the courses at Sail Dallas are held at Pier 121 Marina on Lake Lewisville. The advanced courses, however, are held in Canada, New England, Florida & the Florida Keys, and the Pacific Northwest.

The price for an Introductory to Sailing class starts at $99. You will be able to get hands own experience in sailing with just 2 hours of course time. 10-15 minutes will be spent in the class, while the other half will be on a boat.

If you’re slightly unsure whether you’re ready to steer a boat, Sail Dallas allows customers to take a brief sailing trip with them. From open house, to Wednesday night sailing to even Romantic Dinner & Moonlight Cruises.


White Rock Boat Club

White Rock Boat Club only offers four beginner courses throughout the year: two in the Spring and two in the Fall. Each course is broken down into 3 classes and will only last for 3 hours.

For the first hour of the class, you’ll be learning the basics of sailing in a classroom. The last two hours will be spent on a boat with a group alongside a mentor.

Prices for a beginner class at White Rock Boat Club starts at $150.

Due to high demand, there aren’t any more space on the waiting list for the remainder of the 2016 classes. White Rock Boat Club is currently accepting and adding names for their 2017 classes.


Fort Worth Boat Club

Fort Worth Boat Club holds its adult sailing sessions every Thursday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

If you’re a member of the boat club, the sailing class is $350, for non-members, it’s $425.

The Fall “Learn To Sail” sessions will begin on Thursday, September 15th.


Island Bound Adventures

With its island-esque location, Island Bound Adventures promises to offer an amazing and picture perfect view for anyone looking to take a sail.

Located in Grapevine, Island Bound Adventures holds sailing classes for those wanting to learn the basics of sailing, and those looking for a way to learn the skills needed for bare-boat chartering and yacht ownership.

Island Bound Adventures holds private as well as group classes.