Hobie Cat Sailing Lessons and Rentals
in Hood River WaterPlay

Sailing Lessons

Hood River WaterPlay offers U.S. Sailing Small Boat classes providing students with the basic fundamentals of small boat sailing.

General Description:
Students will be taught the basic nomenclature, points of sail, “Rules of the Road”, safety, man over board procedures, capsize and recovery procedures, and commands associated with a small boat.

Topics Include:

  • Types of Sailboats
  • Parts of the Boat
  • Rigging and Sails
  • Reefing
  • Sails and Wind
  • Points of Sailing
  • Sail Trim
  • Tacking and Jibing
  • Safety Seamanship
  • Man Overboard
  • Sailing on and off the Mooring
  • Basic Knots
  • Rules of the Road
  • Navigation

Upon successful completion, you will be certified to sail a multihull sailboat in light to moderate winds without supervision.

In addition to small boat sailing lessons, we rent sea kayaks and Catamarans for your own recreational use. For fun sailing with JaK as your skipper, enjoy day trips touring the waters of the Grand Columbia River.



Courses start daily from April to October. Classes are arranged from 9 a.m. up to 3 p.m. throughout the day and accommodate a maximum of 3 students plus the instructor. Once payment is received, you will be scheduled for the next available class, or in the nearest class that will fit your schedule.

Upon successful completion of the Small Boat Course, students are invited to rent one of our sailboats and set sail on their own!

Group Classes
Group classes are taught onboard, with class sizes limited to 3 students in each class, to ensure each student receives plenty of sailing experience. Whether you are a first-time sailor or have some experience under your belt, we can accommodate your skill level and help you achieve your sailing goals.

Private Instruction
If you have specific sailing goals, or simply need a refresher lesson, we offer private one-on-one sailing instruction, customized to meet your requirements.

Sailing Adventure Camps
Captain JaK will instruct your camper (9 years and older) in all facets of sailing small Catamarans. We have a love of sailing that is contagious. The course will cover fundamentals of sailing and seamanship, even if your child has little or no sailing experience. The course will build confidence through hands-on instruction by enthusiastic veterans of the sea.

Call (541) 386-WIND (9463) one (1) to two (2) days in advance of your appointment to confirm your reservation and check for weather conditions.
Hobie Cat Sailing

They’re easy to sail, fast, and roomy. We have several Hobie Cats to choose from. Bring your family.

Hobie Cat Sailing

The Columbia River is an exciting place to sail. If you’re in the mood for some real fun, come rent one of our Hobie Cats.

2 Hour Lesson

$139per person
  • Learn the basics of sailing for only $139 per person (maximum of 3 persons)

Whole Day Rental

$159per person
  • Blast around the Columbia River all day

Half Day Rental

$119per person
  • Half day rental

For availability, Call (541) 386-WIND (9463)