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Welcome to the

Lake Manawa Sailing School (LMSS)!

Registration is open. Sessions are filling up fast, so don’t wait!

The Lake Manawa Sailing School offers a relaxed, flexible approach tailored to meet our student’s needs. Our goal is for you to have a safe, fun-filled experience as you learn to sail. Our courses are designed to teach you the basic skills, knowledge and confidence required for all types of sailing.  Whether your goal is to enjoy recreational sailing with family and friends, or to race competitively, we can provide the foundation for satisfying life-long experiences on the water.

See the New RS Zests!

The LMSA Sailing School is all-volunteer run. Interested in supporting the school? Find out more: Volunteer Information

2024 Courses

LMSA Membership is NOT required to take sailing school courses.

Click on Course name for course description and requirements.

Click on the Session link below to register. Don’t wait! Sessions are filling up fast!

Zest RefreshSession Z-1May 286-9pm$2510
Zest RefreshSession Z-2May 306-9pm$2510
Zest RefreshSession Z-3June 299-12pm$2510
Sail 1: Introduction to SailingSession ASaturdays, June 1, 8, 15, 229-12pm$225/$150+10
Sail 1: Introduction to Sailing*Session B* (Full)Mon-Thu, June 3-66-9pm$225/$150+10
Sail 1: Introduction to SailingSession C (Full)Mon-Thu, June 10-136-9pm$225/$150+10
Sail 1: Introduction to SailingSession D (Full)Mon-Thu, June 17-206-9pm$225/$150+10
Sail 1: Introduction to SailingWaiting ListSaturdays, Aug 3, 10, 17, 249-12pm$225/$150+10
Beginning Sailboat RacingSession RMon-Thu, June 24-276-9pm$5010#
Introduction to Sailing – Youth**Session Y**Mon-Fri, July 8-129-12pm$15010
Sail 2: Building SkillsSession STues/Thu, July 9, 11, 16, 186-9pm$22510#
Rigging, Sailing and Racing a
Snipe One-Design Sailboat
in July
Saturdays, Aug 3, 10, 17, 249-12pm$1504
(+) Cost for students 18 and older is $225. Cost for students 12- to 17-years-old is $150.
(*) Class registration for Session B is through Metro Community College (link will take you to Metro registration)
(**) Ages 11 to 14 years only
(#) Additional students may be accommodated in these courses if they have their own boat.

Private Lessons

Instructor: Captain Steve Hosch

Steve Hosch is an USCG ( United States Coast Guard) Licensed Captain and sailing instructor who holds American Sailing Certifications up to cruising catamarans. He has over 40 years of sailing experience. If you’re interested in learning keelboat sailing, docking, reefing, improving boat handling skills, or wanting to earn your ASA Certification contact Steve at 402-659-SAIL(7245) or email at

Private lessons start at $65.00 per hour

ASA 101 certification classes starting a $590 per student.

Instructor: Patrick Leahy

Patrick Leahy is an ASA (American Sailing Association) Certified Sailing Instructor with 14 years of sailing & teaching experience. He has experience with large keel boats, catamarans, Snipes, and other small monohulls. He has been racing sailboats since 2010. If you’re interested in sailing lessons contact Patrick call or text 402-682-2500 (best) or email at

Private lessons start at $50.00 per hour

Private Lesson courses are $550 per student for 10 hours – 4 classes of 2.5 hours each

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please let us know.