CLSA Education Programs

The Clinton Lake Sailing Associations offers a variety of learning and development opportunities for all types of sailors. Whether your goals are recreational, competitive, or somewhere in between, we can't wait to see you at the lake. Visit the Go Sailing! page to learn more and sign up for one of our great programs.

Regional Education Programs

Mid Illini Sail and Power Squadron/America's Boating Club

Visit their website for a full list of classes and dates. Offerings include, Weather, Sailing, Boater Safety, Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, and more! Don't miss out on their next flotilla to the British Virgin Islands!

US Coast Guard Auxiliary

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary has an active presence at Clinton Lake - boating safety courses, seminars on sailing, courses, which allow you to build credentials. Visit their Facebook page for more details: USCG Auxiliary East Peoria

Instructor Certification

Educate and inspire sailors, become a certified instructor today! US Sailing offers certification courses for instructors and coaches on a wide range of boats at varying levels of expertise. Courses range from 1 to 5 days, and are hosted by boating programs around the country, year-round. US Sailing Instructor Certification Page.

Online Learning


Take a CPR course: Red Cross of Central and Southern Illinois

The US Coast Guard's page has many links to different safety courses: USCG Boater Safety Courses

Schools and Resources for Women Sailors:

Helpful Books and DVDs

Learn Sailing Right - Beginner. Textbook used in CLSA Introduction to Sailing class.

Learn Sailing right - Intermediate.

Laser Training Manuel by Dr. John R. Anderson

ASA textbook links:

Getting Started in Sailboat Racing by Adam Cort

The Rules in Practice by Bryan Willils - This book is excellent for learning the rules of racing

Winning in One-Designs by Dave Perry

Sailboat Racing with Greg Fisher by Tom Hubbell.

Positioning, The Logic of Sailboat Racing by Stuart H. Walker - This is an advanced text and suitable for the experienced racer.