Adult Lessons


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Captain Brian Earl
cell: 847-917-7245


Adult Lesson Format

Sheridan Shore Sailing School is excited to announce that all of our Adult Lessons our going to taught in conjunction with Sea Safaris Sailing School.  We offer basic through advanced skills including topical subjects – coastal navigation, celestial navigation and marine weather for children through adult.  Skills gained through our courses prepare students to safely sail small through large craft in and beyond their home waters.  Sea Safaris Sailing School instructors are all licensed USCG Captains and certified to teach American Sailing Association courses which upon successful completion, offer students certification.  We also offers refresher, tutored or custom instruction for individual or families to improve sailing skills. 

In case of unsafe sailing conditions, we’ll reschedule earlier or later within the scheduled week if possible.  Minimum of two students per session.

Beginners and Practice Sailing Instruction
Beginners for Sail - A 2.5-hour introductory session to bring beginners or those that would like to dust off their skills to the water. These sessions are typically taught on our J70 (23’ tiller steer) sailboat.

Sailing Skills Refresher & Practice Sessions - this is a 3-hour session taught in a private or group learning environment.  You’ll practice your tacking, gybing, downwind sail techniques, including Asymmetrical Spinnaker techniques.  Sessions are offered during the week during the day and evenings, including weekends.   These sessions are taught aboard our J70 (23’ tiller steer sail) or J24 (24’ tiller steer). 

Interested in registering or have questions?  Contact Brian at

Captain Brian Earl
cell: 847-917-7245

1. Skills for Sail - Sailing, Docking and Performance Sailing

Prerequisites: None

Tune-up your skills for the season or practice before you take your next sailing vacation. These sessions give new or experienced sailors the opportunity to refresh and practice their sailing, docking, anchoring, harbor work, crew overboard and right of way skills.

3 hour Skills for Sail – (sailing or docking).  These courses are typically offered in the Spring and Fall (J70 ) – $95 per person.

Click on the course name to learn more.

2. Basic Keelboat (101) - $435

Prerequisites: None

This is a perfect introductory course to help you learn about sailing. It will provide the necessary knowledge to sail a boat of about 20 feet in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision.  The course is taught by USCG Captains and your certification is recognized by the USCG as a Safe Boating Course.

This course is offered as a weekday, evening or weekend course.  It is taught principally in two formats – over 12 hours in 4 three-hour lessons or 3 four-hour lessons during the day or consecutive weekends. 

3. Basic Coastal Cruising (103)

Prerequisites:  ASA 101 – Basic Keelboat Sailing Certificate

This course is the introductory course to the world of coastal cruising. It provides the necessary knowledge to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 24 – 35 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.

It is taught over 16 hours in a two consecutive day, two consecutive weekend course. Saturday/Sunday – 8-12 or 1-5, Evenings from 6-9P or a “Weekend for Sail” format – two weekend days 8 hours each day.

About the J24 Sailboat

The J/24 class has more than 50,000 people sailing 5,300 boats worldwide; is established in nearly 40 countries with well over 150 active fleets; and was considered the "gold standard" for modern one-design keelboats around the world. The J/24 is no longer considered the most modern sailboat in its class, but it is still a very popular sailboat among keel boat racers. Age 1 to 80, no matter what your style: racing, day sailing or cruising. The J24’s flared topsides make her dry on deck. The large cabin makes it possible to stay warm on the cold days and can be sailed easily by one person with only the mainsail.  Get in on the fun and find out why J/24 is still one of the world's most popular sailboats.

J24 Charters

After completing the ASA 101 and ASA 103 courses or private lessons, sailors may become qualified to charter at SSSS. Once you’ve mastered the maneuvering and safety skills to the approval of our sailing director and Captain Brian Earl, sailors may charter our J-24. So cruise around on your own and treat your family and friends to a fun sailing adventure!

Note – Skill for Sail (Sailing and Docking) courses are required for all SSSS Members and their Crew before chartering craft on Lake Michigan (Two Crew must pass the ASA Skills for Sail).