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Sailing Lessons in St. Petersburg, FL

Sailing School in St. Petersburg at The Hampton Inn & Suites

Offshore Sailing School on Tampa Bay is right across from the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina where our sailboats are berthed, and the Downtown St. Petersburg Hampton Inn & Suites where most of our students stay. The picturesque city of St. Petersburg sits on Tampa Bay and the Vinoy Basin where good winds and sunny skies make our sailing school in St. Petersburg great for sailing lessons and sailing vacations. Earn your bareboat cruising certification at this dynamic Florida destination, with quick access to interesting and picturesque anchorages. Click the course links below to learn more about sailing lessons in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Learn to Sail in Five Glorious Days on Tampa Bay

If you are just starting out in sailing or looking for a brush up on your sailing skills, the 5-day Learn to Sail course schedule provides half-day sailing lessons, allowing time to explore beautiful St. Petersburg Beach, top-notch museums within walking distance of the hotel, delightful shops and delectable dining. If your ultimate goal is to go bareboat charter cruising, the Fast Track to Cruising® Course is our most popular program. If you already know how to sail, then your next step is Live Aboard Cruising on Tampa Bay.

About the Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites

Unwind after your Tampa Bay sailing lessons at the Hampton Inn & Suites! The AAA-rated Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg (a member of the Hilton Hotel group) is located next to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in the historic downtown district. Recently renovated with the latest furnishings and fixtures in all hotel rooms and suites, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, the hotel also provides a roof-top swimming pool, fitness room, and complimentary breakfast for guests. Across the street from the hotel is the all-new St. Pete Pier, with 26 acres of walking/jogging paths, a variety of kids and family play areas (including a splash pad), fishing dock, several waterfront restaurants, a marketplace and picnic areas. Nearby is Tropicana Field, home to the Tampa Bay Rays. 3.2C_St.Petersburg_Testimonial_LisaShananan_465X700

Testimonial: “I just completed the three-day Learn to Sail course in St. Petersburg, and we had the best time of our lives. I was a bit nervous, but Cory was an amazing instructor and your book was very easy to understand and follow.”

Lisa Shananan, Clearwater, FL

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Vibrant Art Scene and Sun Coast Beaches

American Style magazine highlighted St. Petersburg’s “vibrant” arts scene. Stroll down the cobblestone streets of Central Avenue or along the waterfront on Beach Drive and duck into one of the many cafes for dinner or a cocktail. The Museum of Fine Arts, Dale Chihuly Collection, Mahaffey Theatre, and Salvador Dali Museum are all within walking distance. A short drive away is St. Petersburg Beach – luring beach lovers to Sun Coast. There’s no better place to go for St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay sailing lessons, then maybe add on a day or two to visit Busch Gardens and Disney World.

  • Beautiful rooms and suites
  • Flat screen TV and DVD player in your room
  • Complimentary deluxe hot breakfasts
  • Complimentary evening Manager’s Reception (Monday-Thursday) featuring beer, wine and appetizers
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout hotel
  • Second-story terrace and heated swimming pool
  • Guest laundry facility
  • Valet service
  • Fitness room
  • On-site Suite Shop
  • Coffeemaker, refrigerator and microwave in your room
  • Valet parking

While other Florida sailing schools teach up to 6 people on a boat, Offshore Sailing School never teaches more than four per boat and instructor unless you opt for a Kids & Teens Learn Free or Buy the Boat program. Private Couple or Family Courses are also available. Please check the individual courses for more details. Rates vary by season. Please see the “What’s Included” tab for more details. If you’d rather not book online, contact us: 888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700; email

Here is an overview of what’s included when you take an Offshore Sailing School course in St. Petersburg at The Hampton Inn & Suites. Please check the individual course pages for more details.

An overview of what’s included:

  • Your course tuition
  • Accommodations and taxes for shore-based courses
  • Complimentary daily breakfasts
  • Your cabin aboard for Live Aboard Cruising Courses
  • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks and three dinners aboard during live aboard courses (two dinners ashore are on you)
  • Your course textbook(s)
  • Diploma and logbook
  • Course certification when you pass the test
  • Other items specific to each course
  • Exclusive one-year subscription to Cruising World or Sailing World magazine


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How to Get to St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg, FL Location

The Hampton Inn & Suites is a short drive or taxi ride from Tampa International Airport (TPA) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Super Shuttle offers discounted one-stop direct service for Hampton guests and all the rental car services are available at the airports.

Address Information:

The Hampton Inn and Suites
80 Beach Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701