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From dreams to reality. For over 40 years Bluewater Sailing has been successfully teaching beginners to worldwide coastal cruisers the art and science of sailing. Welcome Aboard!

Build your sailing skills, expand your horizon

Skippered Charters

Hire a professional captain

Relax with friends

Participate in the sailing

Learn something new

USCG credentialed captains

Let us cater to your needs

Bareboat Charters

You’re the skipper

Build on what you learned in class

Plan your own voyage

Single day or multi-day trips

Your pace and your crew

Sign up for Bluewater’s Crew List

Lifelong Learning 

Expand your cruising grounds 

Take your skills to the next level

Organize classes with friends

Attain higher ASA endorsements

Build confidence at sea 

Larger boats and longer voyages

Travel the World

Adventures await!

Exotic internatonal destinations

Year round departures

First class service and vessels

Awesome activities and cuisine

Perfect for sailors and non-sailors

Top Five Waypoints for Your Personal Sailing Journey

1. Build sailing skills aboard our fleet

Experience the Bluewater Difference. More time on the water, higher standards of training, dedicated educational fleet. No other sailing school can match it. That’s why we’ve been the top sailing school in Marina del Rey for over 40 years. We have one mission: to make you an awesome sailor. And awesome sailing comes with an awesome fleet. One of the many features that makes Bluewater unique is that we maintain our fleet of coastal cruising sailboats just for you – our students.

Contact Us today to find out more about all levels of ASA courses and Advanced Seminars!

Waypoint 1 - Sign up for Classes!

Ready for the breeze in your hair and the sun sparkling off the sea as your sailboat glides across the water?  Bluewater’s ASA training delivers all that, and so much more. Experience the Bluewater Difference.

2. Take day sails on Santa Monica Bay

Meet new sailors, make new friends, build sailing skills!  Get your crew together and head out to Santa Monica Bay! You’re the skipper!  Build on what you learned in class.  Take a vacation on the sunny and beautiful waters of Santa Monica Bay! Meet up with friends and take some of the stress out of your life! In no time you can be out on the water and away from the hustle and bustle of traffic clogged streets where the only sounds that you might have to put up with are not the blare of horns but the bark of a seal, the squeal of a dolphin, or the swoosh of the wind and waves on the hull of your boat.

Contact Us to find out more about day sails and bareboat chartering!

Waypoint 2 - Join the Bluewater Crew List!

Do you need crew for your next Bluewater charter?  Do you want to join another charter as crew?  It’s easy!  Join Bluewater’s Crew List and we’ll contact you when opportunities arise to connect!  

3. Broaden skills with Advanced Seminars

Gain more confidence on the water, expand your cruising grounds, take your skills to the next level, organize classes with friends, attain higher ASA certifications, and step up to larger boats and longer voyages. Whether you’re looking to step up to the next ASA certification level or head out on your own bareboat charter, Bluewater is here to support your growth as a life-long sailor with more time on the water, professional training, and a dedicated training fleet.  

Contact Us to find out more about higher levels of ASA training and Advanced Seminars!

Waypoint 3 - Sign up to Charter Your Own Boat!

If you’ve completed your class, it’s time to head out and practice on your own! Gather your fellow students together or assemble friends and family as your crew. Vessels are available from 22′ to 36′.  Have fun!  

4. Voyage to Catalina Island!

There’s tons of fun aboard Bluewater Sailing’s professionally skippered Weekend Voyages. Catalina Island is one of the true gems of Southern California. Even though Avalon and Two Harbors are just a half day’s sail away it’s easy to feel as though you’ve left civilization much further behind. Catalina’s waters deliver tranquility and beauty, clear emerald green bays, great snorkeling and diving, kayaking, para-sailing, and more.  But Catalina also delivers on-shore activities with terrific restaurants, shopping, zip-lining, inland tours, and super beach bars with super sunsets. Catalina has it all. So get the crew together and head out for that three day adventure!

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Waypoint 4 - Join the Catalina Voyage Crew!

Get away from it all without going far away! Bluewater captains take care of the details – voyages depart for Catalina every few weeks – join the crew!

5. Travel the World

Sail with Bluewater through Thailand, French Polynesia, the Kingdon of Tonga, the Great Barrier Reef, the San Juans, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and a myriad of other awesome locales. Every location an amazing, often life-changing, experience. Make new sailing friends aboard our premier fully air-conditioned catamaran yachts, each double occupancy stateroom with its own ensuite head (bathroom) and shower. Relax and let your professional captain take care of the details or lend a hand at the nav station, helm, or up on deck. No sailing experience is necessary on these voyages so they’re great for the whole family. Sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, lounging, and of course tasty cuisine, is yours. The time is now – adventure awaits.

Waypoint 5 - Adventure Sailing to Exotic Destinations

Sail and explore amazing international destinations with friends and family, all with the help of a professional captain as your guide. Premier spacious yachts worldwide. Year round departures. Welcome aboard.  

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