Become a DC Sail Member!

The 2022 sailing season has ended. 

Registration for lessons will open in mid-February 2023. 

Programs (lessons, rentals, etc.) will resume April 22, 2023. 

Please click here for an overview of our Membership Benefits and Boat Rental Policies. 

Please Note: If you are purchasing a Membership (with or without lessons) as a gift or a surprise, please contact us to arrange for a Gift Certificate for the recipient, rather than processing the Membership application. (They will need access to their own DC Sail account in order to participate in our programs. We will be happy to assist the lucky gift recipient in setting up their account.)

202-547-1250 or write to Traci Mead: tmead@dcsail.org. Thank you!

When you join DC Sail you'll be part of the fastest growing sailing community in DC. Your membership provides access to our lessons, events and rentals, and supports DC Sail's operations, fleet maintenance, and facility. Welcome aboard! (*DC Sail Memberships are for those age 18+. We do not offer family Memberships nor discounts for multiple family or household members.)

Please click here for Membership and Boat Rental Information. Note that the District of Columbia requires a Boating Safety Certification prior to any Boat Rentals. Information on Boat Rental policies can be found by clicking here.

Active/Paid DC Sail Membership is required to have access to our lessons, programs and fleet.

Lessons + Membership for those who have little or no sailing experience and need to take the Adult Beginner Learn to Sail Lessons. 

Sessions are 2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays in a row, 10am-1pm to complete the course for certification. Sailing Season runs April - October.

Beginner Lessons + Basic Membership- $515

  • 4 Lesson package over 2 weekends
  • Access to rentals (After Certification) Click Here for Boat Rental Policies.
  • Discounted tickets for member & up to three guests aboard the American Spirit, for Sunset Sails
  • Free access to Monday Night Member Only Sails and Wednesday Night Social Sails
  • Invitations to all DC Sail events

Beginner Lessons + Super Membership- $675

  • Boat rentals fees are waived (After proper certification)
  • One complimentary Refresher Course annually
  • All benefits of the Basic Member level

To see all Beginning Learn to Sail Lessons for the entire season, please click here or select one of the upcoming sessions featured in the red box below.

Upcoming Beginner Lessons

Membership levels for those with documented or years of sailing experience who do not need to take the Beginner Learn to Sail Lessons.

DC Sail Basic Membership - $225

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DC Sail Super Membership - $425

  • Boat rental fees are waived(Click Here for Boat Rental Policies)
  • Complimentary Refresher Course annually
    All benefits of the Basic Member level

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DC Sail Instructor Membership - $125

  • By invitation only & approved by Director of DC Sail
  • All benefits of the Super Member level

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DC Sail Admiral Membership - $1,000
  • Reduced rate ($800) for one 3-hour cruise on American Spirit
  • All benefits of the Super Member level

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DC Sail Lifetime Membership - $5,000

  • Complimentary charter for 35 aboard American Spirit annually
  • All benefits of the Super Member level

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DC Sail is the community sailing program of National Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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Diamond Teague Park Piers Waterfront Address: 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
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