Learn to Sail

Sailing Lessons & Certifications
on the San Francisco Bay.

Our speciality is helping people make the most prudent decisions for their personal needs and experience.
Below you'll find a few of the reasons many people set sail with OCSC and continue the ethos of sailing.

Why Choose OCSC?

  • Class Sizes

    Our low student: teacher ratio ensures that you get just the right amount of hands-on experience. Basic Keelboat and Basic Cruising classes have a maximum of three students and one instructor per boat. While there will sometimes be less, there will never be more.

  • Instructors

    Knowing how to sail is one thing, but knowing how to teach sailing is another. OCSC’s captains are among the best qualified and most prepared teachers in the industry. We also have the largest number of instructor trainers and master instructor trainers on staff in the country.

  • Location & Campus

    OCSC Sailing is located in the heart of San Francisco Bay, directly across the Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge, in the Berkeley Marina. Our location is unique in that it allows you to be sailing in minutes in one the world’s premier sailing venues, in the best wind it has to offer.

  • US Sailing Certified School

    Our certified courses are based on the curriculum established by US SAILING, the leading national sailing certification organization. This certification is proof of your achievement and your passport to chartering boats locally or worldwide. 

  • Customer Service

    You’ll be met in the front office by a team of smiling faces who are there to help answer any questions you may have about OCSC courses, membership, chartering or any of our other services.

  • Fleet

    OCSC has over 50 professionally-maintained boats in the charter fleet, ranging in size from 24’ to 82’. Our fleet offers everything from training boats to sport boats to large yachts ideal for extended overnight cruises.

Featured Courses

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    Introduction to Sailing

    Two hours on beautiful San Francisco Bay will help you to determine if you want to make sailing a bigger part of your life. You will join one of OCSC’s instructors and be...

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    Basic Keelboat

    Our Basic Keelboat certification package is a comprehensive lifetime preparation course that is a place for participants to learn how to sail. It is designed both for...

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    Basic Cruising

    Our Basic Cruising certification package is intended for those with a US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification or equivalent skills. This course is designed specifically to...

Meet Our Instructors

Our instructional staff is highly comprised of the most experienced and qualified teachers in the industry.