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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Sailing
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards
  • Accessible areas of building: Front Desk/ Reception, Shower Facilities, Parking, Ramps

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Yes
  • Staff Certification:Physical Therapy/ PT Assistant

Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 8 to 88

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available
    Adapted ramp to docks; widened docks; transfer/ lift station to transfer into boats. Adapted sailing equipment in the boats.

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : Sliding/ Adjusted fee scales or discounts are available.

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


The Sailing Center's nationally acclaimed basic sailing instruction incorporates classroom theory and on-the-water practice in an 8-session, 24-hour course over two weeks to make learning to sail safe, easy, and fun.

Learn and practice basic sailing techniques like tacking, jibing, docking and sail trim. Get familiar with sailing terms, rigging and safety inspection as well as knot tying, right-of-way rules and the Quick Turn crew overboard maneuver. Experienced volunteers sail with students the first several sessions.

Adapted Sailing Program
MCSC provides individuals with disabilities opportunities to sail on Lake Michigan by sponsoring outings dedicated to giving rides on the stabel, comfortable 23-foot Pearson Ensign. In the past, the Sailing Center has teamed with IndependenceFirst, the National SPinal Cord Injury Association and other agencies to make outings possible for those who may otherwise never have the chance to enjoy a smooth, relaxing sail on Lake Michigan.

In 2001, MCSC acquired two Access Dinghies from New Zealand. These 14-foot, heavy-weighted dinghies are easily sailed singlehanded by sailers with physical disabilities.

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (MCSC) is a non-profit agency located in the McKinley Marina. MCSC provides educational and recreational sailing programs to those who wish to gain access to Lake Michigan and learn to sail. The goal is to bring youth and adults, regardless of age, race, financial status, or cognitive or physical capacity from all areas of the community to the Sailing Center to introduce them to sailing.

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center reaches out to Milwaukee's youth and adults through area schools, businesses and public or private organizations for special event boat rides and picnics.