Adult and Family Programs at NESS

Adult & Family Programs

NESS offers a variety of adult & family programs for people of all ages and of all experiences. Learn more about our upcoming powerboating, sailing, and paddlesport classes, lessons, and rentals today.

American Red Cross Training at NESS

Many jobs now require up to date life saving skills. Whether you are a lifeguard who needs to be prepared for a health emergency or a teacher who needs to be ready to administer aid to a student, NESS now offers American Red Cross (ARC) classes.

Those who don’t face health emergencies everyday can also benefit from a Red Cross training. NESS offers Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Review, Waterfront Skills, and CPR/AED/First Aid courses.

CPR/AED Classes

Lifeguarding Classes

Set sail at NESS!

Learn to Sail with NESS - Adult and Family ProgramsAs a US Sailing recognized Community Sailing Center, we offer the highest standard of quality instruction and facilities. Whether you are a novice looking to try a new sport, intermediate sailor, adaptive athlete, or even a seasoned racer, NESS is ready to get you out on the water.

Once you become a qualified skipper, come back to NESS and rent a sailboat with your friends and family. Looking to relax? Go for a sail with one of our instructors and up to 4 of your friends. Contact us for more information:

Our scheduled courses have ended for the season, but private lessons are available Monday through Friday! Contact us at

Adaptive Sailing

At NESS, we aim to get everyone out on the water regardless of age, skill level, or ability. In 2017, in collaboration with Sail To Prevail, NESS launched its adaptive sailing program in Stonington, CT. Through our adaptive sailing program, NESS provides access to the ocean and takes students out of their comfort zones for personal growth and empowerment.

Our adaptive teaching methods and specialized equipment support individuals with a variety of cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Using our adaptive-ready, specifically designed Independence 20 sailboat, students with physical and cognitive disabilities will safely learn to sail with an experienced captain and teacher.

Lessons are offered Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 12pm or 1pm to 3pm and on Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm.

Our adaptive sailing program brings the fun and therapeutic qualities of sailing to individuals with diverse needs. Please contact us to schedule a memorable sailing experience.

Lessons are $150/session, scholarships are available.

Contact us at to reserve your spot.

High-Performance Sailing

Learn to fly! Are you an advanced sailor who wants to discover the thrill of flying above the water while hydro-foiling? Using our very fast and nimble Waszps, we introduce athletic, high-performance sailors to the world of foiling. The lesson will be hands-on, learning key lessons in balance, apparent wind, fitness, boat set-up, and other high-speed sailing skills.

Book a 2-hour lesson for a one-on-one lesson with our foiling experts or split the session with one or two of your capable friends. Sailors must have a required level of dinghy sailing experience and must be fit enough for this high-adrenaline, all-action style of sailing. $300 gets you (and perhaps a friend or two) a rigged and ready Waszp, a coach, and a safety boat. Lessons are subject to the right wind conditions so please email for questions and availability.

$300 for a two-hour session for up to 3 people.

Contact us at to reserve your spot.

Not confident driving your powerboat?

Need to get your CT Safe Boating Certificate? NESS can accommodate your needs, and work on the skills you would like to learn, to keep you confident and safe out on the water!

As a US Safe Powerboating certified Powerboat Training Center, we offer group classes for all abilities, ages 12 and older, as well as private lessons. Have you just purchased a new powerboat and want to familiarize yourself with the new systems? Have one of our USCG licensed Captains (with thousands of hours of sea time) come to you and get some hands-on practice on your own boat! Contact us for more information at

At NESS, we want to get as many people out on the water as possible and realize that sometimes you just want to take advantage of the beautiful weather and explore the local waters with your friends and family. That’s why we offer rental options for exploring the Stonington area by sailboat, stand up paddleboard (SUP), or kayak. We now offer powerboat charters as well!

Sailboats (Sonars and J-22) $75/2 hours or $90/3hours (Check out sails for sailboat rentals are $50)
Kayak/SUP Rentals $25/person for 2 hours

Click here for boat tours and charter pricing.

Contact us at with questions or for more information.

Come learn to sail, windsurf, powerboat, or fish one-on-one at NESS! Whether you are looking for an introduction to a new sport or to boost your confidence, we have the fleet and instructors to match your needs! We offer private dinghy, keelboat, and adaptive sailing lessons. We also offer windsurfing, fishing, and powerboat private lessons to students of all ages. Please call 860-535-9362 or email to make your reservation!

Powerboating-$75/hour, $25/hour for each additional person (with a max of 4)
Fishing-$100/hour, $25/hour for each additional person (with a max of 4)
Sailing-$75/hour (except for Optis which is $50/hour). $25 for an additional person on certain boats.

Whether you are a birding enthusiast, an athletic adventurer, or a marine biologist, our kayak and snorkel guides will maximize your experience. Using sit-on-top ocean kayaks that are exceptionally stable and perfect for paddlers of all abilities, glide across the shallows, step out to check out some of the local critters and cruise with the tidal currents. Each trip is approximately two hours and includes step-by-step instruction and information on local sites by New England Science & Sailing ACA certified kayak guides and ARC Waterfront Lifeguards. All equipment will be provided. Please call 860-449-3875 or email for more information.

Tours are available Monday-Saturday at 1pm and 3:30pm from June 25 to August 25.

Please Note: Parking at Ocean Beach Park is not included in ticket price, and is an additional fee, for parking rates visit

FitNESS is back!

NESS - SUP Yoga Fitness ClassPaddle your way into fitNESS and adventure at NESS! We will be offering a variety of SUP and kayak fitness classes this summer, join us! Enjoy your cardio and strength workouts out water this summer in Stonington, CT. Bring a group of 4+ for a discount!

Are you a regular?

Purchase a class pass for yourself and get your FitNESS on! Our Class Pass provides a discount of 15% (Regular rate for 4 classes = $120, FitNESS Class Pass discount = $102) and can be used across ALL FitNESS Paddle Sports (SUP, Kayak, SUP Yoga, SUP Glow).

How it works:

Purchase a class pass through Eventbrite. In your confirmation email you will receive a special code and instructions on how to use it. Then find the classes you want to register for, apply the code, and hit the water for a great fitNESS class!

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