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Renee Register
Waterfront Director

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711


Ryan Dilkey
EC-SAR Director


Instructional Program

Instructional Program

Sailing Classes

Introduction to Sailing - Dinghies

For Current Eckerd Students Only
This class is designed for the active sailor and is taught on 14' 420 dinghies. With two persons per boat, each participant gets the opportunity to steer the boat as the skipper and control the jib sail as the crew. The class begins in the protected waters of Frenchman's Creek and then, followed by the instructor's chase boat, the students are sent to the more open waters of Boca Ciega Bay where they can take advantage of a larger sailing area and steadier winds. These boats are fast and there's nothing more exciting than pumping a dinghy onto a full plane, skimming across the water, and hanging on for dear life! 

Class Schedule

Session 1
February 25 & 27, March 4 & 6, 11 & 13
Tuesdays & Thursdays     2:30 - 5:30 pm

Session 2
March 3 & 5, 10 & 12, 17 & 19
Mondays & Wednesdays    9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Session 3
April 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22
Mondays & Tuesdays     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Beginning Sailing - Keelboats

Ages 18 and Above
If you are a novice or small boat sailor who wants to step up to a large keelboat, sign up for this class! Students are taught on a 26' Colgate. The program covers the basic theory and terminology of sailing, rigging, fundamentals of keelboat handling, sail adjustment and maneuvers, with a continuing emphasis on weather and safety. Overboard recovery, rules of the road, and local knowledge chart reading will be introduced. This introductory class is the first step in gaining confidence aboard a larger sailboat.

Class Cost  $295

Class Schedule

Session 1
February 15 & 16     Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (1 Hr Lunch)
Session 2
April 5 & 6 Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (1 Hr Lunch)


Advanced Sailing - Keelboats

Ages 18 and Above
Continuing the keelboat sailing techniques from Beginning Sailing on Keelboats, this class is taught aboard the Colgate 26, the most modern purpose built sailing trainer. Safety and weather are emphasized. More advanced sailing practice includes speed control, close quarters handling and sailing in higher winds. Students who successfully complete this course will feel comfortable with skippering a keelboat during daylight hours in the local area.

Class Cost  $325

Class Schedule

Session 1
March 1 & 2 Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (1 Hr Lunch)
Session 2
April 26 & 27 Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (1 Hr Lunch)


What We Do

The Eckerd College Waterfront Program, one of the most comprehensive collegiate programs in the U. S., offers instruction in a variety of watersports to participants of all ages, from children to seniors.