You are in Florida, and there are sailing schools there. So, for convenience those might be your first option to consider. But I would also consider other options, which may prove more fun, comparable in cost (or not much more) and may offer something special that would make the total experience much more enjoyable.
For example, one option is to go somewhere else to experience something different from your local conditions. For example, you could go to Grenada
and take classes
ON large cruising catamarans at LTD Sailing (a CF Member). That would give you some Caribbean
sailing experience (they have “stay aboard” classes) and a nice vacation
In any case, for new sailors
who want to get the most they can from a sailing school
or course, I recommend they go to a sailing school
in a location that has good wind
and challenging conditions, so they get a different kind of experience than one will or might find in other locations that have very light winds. Some lake locations and some coastal schools have very light winds during the summer, which can lead to disappointing sailing and less challenge, or less learning
For the best sailing experience, I think a good wind
location is very important. If you want to stay in the USA, I highly recommend “Club Nautique” (sailing school) in San Francisco
Bay, due to the variety of experiences one can get there (20 knot
winds are common in a big part of the bay, fog
in summer, tides, etc.) and because of the spectacular location (a wonderful experience in itself). It is a highly regarded sailing school
, and does have some “stay aboard the boat” classes
(or stay in a local hotel).
While “ASA” (American Sailing Association) has been mentioned up above, there are schools that have sought accreditation via USSailing (the governing body of sailing in the USA). Here is a link to the USSailing site page focused on education and courses. Look on that page for a link to “SCHOOLS” and that will open a google
map showing the school locations.
Good luck on your decision and BON VOYAGE on your future sailing education and sailing.
I hope that helps.