Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America” for its extensive canal system, which allows some local sailing enthusiasts to practically anchor in their own back yards. It’s a yachting Mecca with 165 miles of navigable waterways, seven miles of beaches, numerous marinas and boatyards, and some of the best cruising weather in the continental United States.
In short, Fort Lauderdale is an ideal location for the Blue Water Sailing School headquarters. At this base we offer all of our monohull and catamaran sailing courses.
We offer our entire range of sailing classes at the Fort Lauderdale location. Details of our courses, schedules and rates can be found in the Blue Water Sailing School course catalog.
The map at right shows the location of our marina in Fort Lauderdale (click the map for a full-size interactive version from Google), along with local hotels, restaurants and other attractions.
Follow these links for directions from nearby airports:
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (major airlines)
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (small planes only)
Important Note: Make sure that your taxi or airport shuttle goes to our marina at 940 NE 20 Ave. Our office location at 922 NE 20 Ave may not be open on the day your class begins.
Almost all of our yachts sail from the Fort Lauderdale location. You can find information and photos for all our ships on the BWSS fleet page.
Our live-aboard sailing courses will keep you busy, but if you plan to spend more time in Fort Lauderdale you’ll find plenty to do. There are thousands of restaurants and an active nightlife. The scenic Riverwalk is home to a variety of boutiques, museums, theaters, and parks.
The city has accommodations in every price range — from budget hotels that offer a place to crash while you enjoy the city, to luxury resorts that are destinations unto themselves. This interactive map shows some of the hotels we recommend near our marina.
We actually went somewhere (Key Largo), rather than returning to the dock each evening. The course was made to be an adventure, as well as simply instructional. The weather was “made to order” — sun and gentle breeze Saturday through Wednesday, then Force 8 for our ‘foul weather instruction’ on Thursday.Read More Testimonials
I thought it was an excellent, challenging course. It definitely wasn’t a “cruise.” The instructor expected a lot from the students. I like that.Read More Testimonials
I have nothing but the utmost praise for your entire operation and the quality of the instruction that I received. Al Hatch is a consummate instructor and brings to this activity a love and a passion that is genuine and expansive. I hope to be able to return to Blue Water to experience some of the higher-level courses of instruction, and I certainly would have no trouble at all recommending your company to anyone.Read More Testimonials