Dillon Marina Sailing School

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A day on the lake

 The Dillon Marina Sailing School is a certified American Sailing Association (ASA) training facility. We have a friendly and knowledgeable staff whose love of sailing is sure to inspire you. We offer sailing opportunities for the novice sailor to the advanced. If you're new to sailing, looking to get your feet wet (not literally), or have been sailing for years & looking to practice some skills or get certified, we've got something for you!


For all sailing lessons, tours, and basic keelboat courses, call to book with one of our crew members at 970-468-5100 x 102 or contact us by email. The Dillon Marina is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sailing programming is offered from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm (sunset tours only) daily.


For lessons and courses, all participants must be at least 18 years of age. All participants for tours must be 12 years and older. Sailing lessons for youth are available through the Dillon Junior Sailing Program which sits right on the Dillon Marina property. All lessons must be a minimum of 2 hours and can accommodate up to 5 people.

Group: (3-5 ppl) $50.00/ person/ hour
Semi-Private: (2 ppl) $50.00/ person/ hour
Private: (1 person only) $70.00/ hour
Single Day: 4 hours | 2-5 people: $125.00 pp
Two-Day: 4 hours each day | 2-5 people: $250.00 pp
Group: (3-5 ppl) $330.00/ person
Semi-Private: (2 ppl) $330.00/ person
Private: (1 person only) $70.00/ hour
Group: (3-5 ppl) $50.00/ person/ hour
Semi-Private: (2 ppl) $50.00/ person/ hour
Private: (1 person only) $70.00/ hour
Non-Private (per person): 2-Hr $60 | 3-Hr $90 | 4-Hr $120
 Private (per boat): 2-Hr $300 | 3-Hr $450 | 4-Hr $600
5:30 p.m. to  7:30 p.m.
Non-Private: $65.00 per person
Private: $325.00 per boat


This introductory lesson is designed to introduce you to the exciting world of sailing. It is perfect for those who have never sailed and want to get a feel for the sport before committing to a course. Booked in two hour blocks starting at 11 a.m. daily. 


The ASA 101, Basic Keel Boat Course offers a unique approach to sailing; immediately placing students on the water with an instructor, and ending with a solo sail. Our instructors focus on the fundamental terminology, points of sail, and safety skills needed to develop a novice into a confident sailor. 

The course provides 8 to 12 hours of comprehensive instruction. The majority of the class is spent on the water with the winds dictating the topic of the lesson. Periods of light wind are used to teach afloat (classroom) topics. Times of particularly foul weather are spent dockside or class may be re-scheduled to a later date. We recommend purchasing the accompanying textbook Sailing Made Easy online or at the marina store prior to your course.

GROUP COURSE: A 12-hour class taught in two 6 hour blocks on Saturdays & Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with 3-5 people. Group courses are taught upon request if you have a group of 3-5 people. $330 per person.

SEMI-PRIVATE COURSE: An 8-hour class of 2 people for the same price as the group course (perfect for couples). Taught in two 4 hour blocks during the week and on weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $330 per person.

PRIVATE  COURSE: An 8-hour class for one person only. Taught in two 4 hour blocks from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p,m. charged $70 per hour. Private courses are charged hourly as material may be covered more efficiently with one participant. 


Private | Semi-Private | Group Lessons: Whether you sign up for a lesson by yourself, with a friend, we've got you covered. We cater lessons to meet your needs. Private lessons are for one person only, semi-private lessons for 2 people, and group lessons are for 3-5 people. 




Tours are the perfect opportunity to explore Lake Dillon by sail, regardless of previous experience. Tours offer two, three or four-hours of sailing and require a minimum of two people. Tours are offered for 2 - 5 people per boat and are scheduled daily between 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


The Sunset Tours are offered for 2 hours only, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. All non-private tours require a minimum of two people. All sailing tours require a completed liability form and any participant under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult and requires the signature of a parent or guardian.


The ASA exam is not mandatory unless you are looking to continue your sailing education and move onto the Basic Coastal Cruising course (not yet offered at the Dillon Marina). By pursuing certification through the ASA, novice sailors can build their skills and knowledge to sail domestically or charter boats abroad. In pursuing the 101 exam, you'll become a member of the ASA and receive benefits of membership.

Many people take the Basic Keelboat Course and continue sailing exclusively on Lake Dillon. For those students, once the course is complete and the instructor is confident in your sailing ability, you will be issued a "Dillon Marina Sailing Card," which allows you to rent our sailboats without taking the mandatory verbal sailing quiz each time.

ASA Basic Keelboat Certification Exam Package: $330.00 per person

Exam fee includes- ASA Exam $75.00

ASA annual membership fee - $45.00

ASA Log Book- $15.00

2 Hour Catalina 22 Rental - $130.00

2 Hour Private Instruction - 65.00 (Over 50% off private rate!)

Total $330.00

You will need to schedule 2 hours to take the exam. Half the time will be devoted to the written portion of the exam and the other half will be spent on the water for the practical portion. Course work is done at home. The exam will require roughly one hour and is only written.


PLEASE NOTE: The team building program is not the level of instruction received in a sailing lesson or Basic Keel boat Course.

Come out for a great team bonding experience in a challenging, safe environment. Let our experienced ASA-certified instructors lead your team in a day of sailing instruction on scenic Lake Dillon. Your group will learn to sail our fleet of 22-foot sailboats in a specialized curriculum developed for your group. Team skills such as navigation, reading the wind and executing tacks and jibes will engage your entire staff. We can prepare a learning experience custom-tailored to your group’s goals for a day your employees will be talking about for years. Participants must be 18 years of age to participate • Maximum of 20 participants for each program.

American Sailing Association (ASA) certified sailing instructors will guide participants from the basics to team dynamics with strong emphasis on developing leadership and confidence by rotating team members through different crew positions on the vessel. On the second day of the two-day format, teams will sail on their own in one of the marina’s boats, following a course set by the instructor. Working together, the groups will navigate the course & accomplish different tasks along the way. Team work, boating safety and having fun will be essential for success.


To book a Dillon Marina Team Building experience, please call the marina directly at 970-468-5100 x 102


"ALL of the Marina staff go out of their way to be pleasant and helpful. I have never seen or heard a negative response to any requests that I or my crew have made. That says a lot, because sometimes we are not too reasonable!!!" 
                       -Gerry and Kat Huttrer

"We had great interactions during our first season at the Dillon Marina. Shannon, the retail shop staff, and the sailing school instructors all made us feel welcome."
                      - Frank & Megan Roberto

"My family took sailing lessons with Dan Dacey throughout the marina. Wonderful experience! He is extremely knowledgeable & an excellent teacher. One of the most knowledgeable sailors anywhere and he is here in Dillon at the Marina. Thank you!"
                       -Mel Cohen DDS