Also check out Bluewater in Marina Del Rey. We rent from them when I am in town and they seem like decent folks. Their facilities aren't great but they should be on the list of candidates.
In a training environment
it is important for you to be confortable with -
- The instructor(s)
- The facilities
- The equipment
The instructor/student dynamic is a personal one. You have to click with each other. Don't feel bad if you don't relate to the first one. It's OK.
You also may value a club with a social atmosphere - If so keep that in mind as well.
Do not plonk down $3,000 each on the first place you stop.
Talk to each candidate, tell them you want a 3-4 hour introduction
to sailing and that you are willing to pay for it. Tell them in advance you are interested in lessons, committed to seeing it through and willing to forge a longer term relationship with the right place. If they don't make you feel welcome, move on...
My brother and I paid something like $195 for this and it was money
well spent ($100 each) - It also turned into a check out and afterwards we were cleared as renters.