As a 501C3 non-profit organization, our primary mission is to teach sailing to the Chicagoland community.  A benefit of membership in our organization is that members can rent boats (once "checked out" on our boats).  We welcome experienced sailors, but each person still has to go through the check out process which involves taking a Skipper Prep class. This ensures that all of our skippers are acquainted with our boats and our procedures. Successful completion of the course and course tests will qualify you as a Sail Chicago skipper and enable you to take out Sail Chicago boats as well as makes you eligible to obtain a U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat certification.

NOTE: Private boat use is granted based on an instructor's evaluation of your skills. For 12 months following your skipper certification, you will be required to sail with another Sail Chicago skipper on board.