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Who we are – Aventura Sailing

Who we are

About Aventura Sailing

Since 1976, Aventura Sailing has been introducing people to the wonderful world of sailing from our base in Dana Point, California and as of 2020 more than 10,000 students have graduated from our Basic Sailing Course. Even if you have never set foot on a boat, we can teach you everything you need to know to build a strong foundation in this rewarding and life long sport.

Aventura Sailing is dedicated to making your learning experience as safe and enjoyable as possible. Unlike at other sailing schools, our beginning courses are taught on 30 - 32 foot keel boats with wheel steering (no tillers), inboard diesel engines, and roller furling jibs. These features will help build confidence right away.

Our experienced and friendly instructors hold US Coast Guard 50 Ton (or greater) Master's Licenses, representing decades of sailing experience. They are award winning instructors, world cruisers, and Coast Guard commanders. Our high standards have earned us accolades in the sailing community, and we can proudly say that most of Dana Point's current sailing community is an Aventura Sailing graduate.

Once you complete your basic course and become proficient as a skipper,  you can further your education by attending our advanced courses that will be conducted on our larger vessels and, ultimately, you will be able to charter the exclusive yachts that are in our Executive Charter Program.

Do you wish to charter a sailing yacht in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean?  Let us connect you with our worldwide network of affiliated clubs and charter companies and we will design an unforgettable sailing vacation for you and your family.

Are you a racer?  Dana Point has races every Thursday afternoon as well as every Saturday and Sunday.  Charter one of our "regatta-approved" boats, get a crew together, and enjoy a competitive afternoon in the waters outside Dana Point Harbor.

If you want to just share sailing adventures with like-minded people, come and join us at our Clubhouse, where we host a multitude of events that cater to members and families alike.

Become a Member

Aventura is a Members Only club.  As a member you have access to our entire fleet of pristine sailboats, our Clubhouse for member events as well as your own private functions, and you can enjoy reciprocal Membership with other sailing clubs all over the world.

Welcome to Dana Point

Dana Point, with its marinas and eclectic boutiques, is a jumping off point for dolphin and whale-watching sailing excursions. Surf waves roll onto nearby Doheny State Beach and Salt Creek Beach, which is backed by a grassy park and trails wind through Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area, which has sweeping ocean views of Catalina Island.

Known as the “Whale Capital of the West” Dana Point Harbor offers a variety of recreational amenities, boater facilities, dockside dining, and unique shopping experiences that cater to visitors, locals and boating enthusiasts. Activities abound both in and out of the water from watching migratory gray whales that frequent the coastline to enjoying the stunning sunsets and picturesque harbor views. Discover Dana Point Harbor and set sail on a historic and unforgettable seaside adventure.