This class is meant for both those who are new to sailing and those who want to advance their sailing skills.  Youth sailors learn the basic skills to sail a small boat independently.  Students are taught the parts of a sailboat, points of sail, capsize recovery, and basic knot tying.  Students apply these skills in a boat on the lake under the supervision of US Sailing Certified Instructors.  Boats used are the Optimist Pram (Opti), or the Club 420.  Prerequisite(s): Students must be 8 years old or older and demonstrate an ability to swim.  They will be required to wear life jackets.  All skill levels are welcome to enroll:  beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

Register and pay directly online: and click on Paw Paw Lake

Learn to Sail on Paw Paw Lake--Youth Sponsored by PPL Community SAILING Foundation in Partnership with St. Joseph Junior Foundation

  • Two-day Adult Class     Fee:  $50.00
  • Call for date & time:  Jeff Phillips, President PPL Community SAILING Foundation, 269-201-7012  
  • Afternoon Session: July/16/2018-July/19/2018     Noon-3:00pm     Fee:  $75.00
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All-Day Sailing & STEM Experience --Youth

Payment for the following additional courses can be done online or by check

PayPal or credit card instructions, use the "Add to cart" buttons below: 

  • When paying for more than one student, add each to the shopping cart separately.  Type in the name of the student each time and press the "Add to cart" button each time.  After each trip to the shopping cart, press the "Return to shopping" tab in order to add the next student.
  • To pay for a different course, repeat the same procedure using that new "Add to cart" button.
  • When finished and the shopping cart is correct, press the "Check out" or "Pay now" button to complete the transaction. 
  • Lastly, return to this Learn to Sail area on the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club website to print out and mail in the registration form & waiver for each student.


Students become Marine Engineers at Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club during a 4-day summer water adventure exploring the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics used to design sailboats in a real-hands-on learning experience.  Students fabricate model sailboats to enter them into the Great Sailboat Race. 

Learn to Sail at Paw Paw Lake

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Do you have an interest in sailing but are not sure it's for you?  Did you sail in college or have fond memories of spending time in a boat with a grandfather?  Take a two-day course to discover your sea legs again.

The Berrien County Sheriffs Marine Division will teach a free boater safety class at Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club.  Students must be 10 or older; students under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.  Adults under 39 must have a certificate to operate a jet ski.   Bring a Bag Lunch.

Start your sailing adventure by earning a boating certificate from our Boating Safety Class, or learn to sail in our youth Learn to Sail sessions, or Become a Marine Engineer and build a model sailboat in our STEM class, or just get acquainted with sailing in our adult class. 

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  • 1-day youth/adult Session: June/09/2018     9:00am-4pm     Fee: Free ($1.00 for snacks/soft drinks)

Become a Marine Engineer: STEM Sailboat Model Design --Youth Sponsored by Berrien County Museum/PPL Community SAILING Foundation

First, register student for the morning in Learn to Sail Week 2 Session from 9:00 to Noon.  Second, register student for the afternoon Become a Marine Engineer between Noon to 3:00pm.  Pack a bag lunch to eat between classes with friends and staff.

Discover Your Sea Legs! --Adult

Boater Safety-- Youth and Adult taught by the Berrien County Marine Division

  • Take part in an all-day sailing experience from 9:00am to 3:00 pm.  

Two youth morning sessions

  • Session 1: July/09/2018 - July/12/2018     9:00-Noon     Fee:  $165
  • Session 2: July/16/2018 - July/19/2018     9:00-Noon     Fee:  $165