Welcome to DSS


Delta Sailing School (formerly ‘Club Rio Sailing’) is located in the heart of the California Delta. We’re a family-owned, family-run sailing business and we’ve been sailing in the California Delta and San Francisco Bay since 1985. We’re thrilled to be able to share the experience with new sailors, seasoned sailors, and those who are new to these waters.

December Open House Saturday 12/5 Food, Drink, Fun…and sailing of course. Early-bird sail at 10am, picnic lunch at noon & afternoon sail! 

light up the loop sailboat

Light Up the Loop! Holiday Boat Parade & Party 12/12 steamy cups of cocoa & hot-toddies keep things toasty while we deck-the-fleet for a twinkling sunset sail. We’ll serve-up homestyle chili-n-fixings, refreshments & sweet treats. Bring a bit of holiday decor fit for a vessel (string lights, boughs of holly & such) and Don your silliest, craziest, most holiday-inspired fashion for the ‘Wacky or Tacky Sweater Contest’ & win a White Elephant prize!  Celebrate with other club members and invite friends & family to join for an evening of *almost* winter wonderland.   We’re celebrating along with the ACYC so let’s light up the Delta night!  R.S.V.P. to ark@deltasailingschool.com


Learning to sail a 22 foot keelboat in the Sacramento Delta, then tackling a sail on a 27′ keelboat on the San Francisco Bay! American Sailing Association (ASA) Certified instructors will teach you what you need to be knowledgeable, competent and confident on the water. The freedom learning to sail affords you is priceless, but you’ll be happy to see that we offer the most affordable classes around and because we’re on the temperate Delta, we’re able to take advantage of an almost year-round schedule.

ASA curriculum classes are taught on most weekends. Check our Calendar for details! When you’ve passed an ASA course, you can be officially ASA certified and at Delta Sailing School you can become ASA certified at the following levels:

  • Basic Keelboat
  • Basic Coastal Cruising
  • Bareboat Charter
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Advanced Coastal Cruising
  • Celestial Navigation

For students interested in future vacation sailboat charters, these certifications are recognized and respected by charter companies.  Current classes are offered on the San Joaquin River in the Delta and on the San Francisco Bay so you can experience an array of conditions to become competent.

Something for Everyone!  Whether you’re an experienced sailor, new to sailing, or coming back to the sport after a time away, Delta Sailing School is just right for you.


Is the Delta Sailing Club right for you?

  • Sail Capri 22’s and Catalina 27’s without the hassle of dock fees, maintenance and all of the other obligations that go into keeping your own boat in shape. Join the Sailing Club! It’s a very affordable way to enjoy time on the water. We’re an easy reach from many areas of Northern California so you can make a day of it anytime.
  • With 1,000 miles of waterway, mostly navigable to sailboats, rugged and beautiful with abundant wildlife and warm, almost tropical climates in the summer months, we are located in an ideal spot. You can just enjoy peace and tranquility or dock at a casual dining spot and enjoy a stroll in some of the laid-back, time capsule towns on the Delta like Rio Vista, Isleton or Walnut Grove. The city of Sacramento is also an easy sail and offers so many great sights!
  • Sail in the San Francisco Bay – with exhilarating wind and beautiful views, one of the world’s premier sailing venues, host to the 34th America’s Cup Race. The Bay Area is dynamic, vibrant and sailing it is an experience like no-other!


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