Sailing courses on Long Island
You live on an Island so how can you not love boats? Here are some places to learn to sail.
For free sailing and safety courses (fees for books), call 800-336-BOAT or visit boatus.com/courseline. Other lessons are offered by the Town of East Hampton, 631-324-2417 (2-week programs given at Lake Montauk and at Fresh Pond in Amagansett, call for schedule); Narrasketuck Yacht Club, Amityville, 631-598-0168, nycsail.com (junior and adult programs, call for schedule), and Port Sailing School, Orchard Beach Boulevard, Port Washington, 516-767-7245, portsailing.com. American Sailing Association offers certification for beginner and advanced boating, check website, asa.com, for schedule; WaterFront Center, 1 West End Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-922-7245, has private and group lessons for all ages (April-October), kayak rentals and junior summer programs, standup paddleboards; Dinghy Shop at South Bay Sailing Center, 334 S. Bayview Ave., Amityville, 631-264-0005, dinghyshop.com, open year-round, rentals beginning mid-May; Islip Town, 631-224-5403, beginner to racing-level courses at West Islip Beach, lessons June 24-Aug. 16; Town of Smithtown, 631-360-7644, beginner, intermediate at Long Beach, July-August.
State law requires that all independent operators of personal watercraft (such as Jet Skis) be at least 14 years old, take an 8-hour safety course and pass a test. Additionally, effective in October, Suffolk County now requires all Suffolk resident boaters, regardless of age, to complete the course and take the test. Courses are scheduled throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties most weekends throughout the year. To register for a course and learn more about the regulations, call Safe Boating New York at 516-216-4410, or register online at safeboatingnewyork.com.