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.

Looking for a fun and exciting adventure? Come aboard our open-air Carolina Skiff and cruise Fishers Island Sound! Our captains will go above and beyond to make this trip the highlight of your summer! Explore the historical, nautical, and biological points of interest in our surrounding waters.

All tours and charters are by reservation. Please reserve seats prior to your arrival. Call us at 860-535-9362 or email if you have any questions.


This cruise is an opportunity not to be missed! Come and see historic Stonington Borough from a whole new angle! Whether you are traveling with your family, visiting for work, or looking for a relaxing boat cruise at the end of a long day, NESS’s Stonington Harbor Cruise is for everyone. Come aboard our open-air Carolina Skiff and cruise historical Stonington Harbor for 90 minutes with one of our entertaining and knowledgeable captains. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the natural environment and listen to stories of the past and present unique to Fisher’s Island Sound.

Stonington Harbor Cruises are available on Thursdays by reservation only.
– Adults: $25
– Children age 12 & under: $20
– Children age 2 & under: Free

A few things to note:

– Please check-in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. You will be asked to fill out some brief paperwork before you hit the water!
– We depart from our docks at 72 Water Street in Stonington, CT.
– Parking is available on the street or in one of the public lots at Dubois Beach or the Stonington Town Docks.
– Relax! Please feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks onboard.
– Our boat is an open-air boat, please dress appropriately. Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and extra layers are all recommended.
– Passengers under age 11 must wear a life jacket. Don’t worry…we have plenty!
– Please let us know if you or accompanying friends or family members have specific needs so we can be sure your trip is safe and enjoyable.


Looking for a unique venue for your next event? Come aboard our open-air Carolina Skiff for an unforgettable trip. Perfect for wedding groups, sightseeing, parties, celebrations, and more. Our private charters allow your group to get out on the water and enjoy our spectacular local shoreline. Bring your own food, drink, and music which we can stream to the skiff’s audio system.

Each charter can accommodate 16 guests.

Charters are available on Fridays (6:00-8:00pm) and Saturdays (9:30-11:30am).

Contact us at to reserve your unforgettable trip!

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!

Contact us for more information:

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

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

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.

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 kayak, stand up paddleboard (SUP), and sailboat. 

A few things to note before you rent a boat from NESS: 

Kayaks & SUP: NESS will not rent a kayak or SUP to a person going out alone on the water. The rental must be done with at least two people for safety.

Sailboats: A check-out sail with a NESS Sailing Instructor is required before renting a sailboat at NESS. The sailor must be able to rig, leave the mooring, sail, put the boat back on the mooring, and de-rig on their own. The check-out sail is $50.

Contact us at 860-535-9362 or with questions or for more information.


$25/person for 2 hours
– Age 4 – 7 must be on a kayak with their parent/guardian.
– Age 8 – 15 must be supervised by a parent/guardian but may use their own kayak.

Kayaks available
– Single Kayak (Adult & youth sizes available)
– Double Kayak


$25/person for 2 hours
– Age 4 – 7 must be on a SUPwith their parent/guardian.
– Age 8 – 15 must be supervised by a parent/guardian but may use their own SUP.


– $75/2 hours
– $90/3hours


– $75/2 hours
– $90/3hours

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 begin in May, but private lessons may be available sooner depending on weather! 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.

Learn more about all of our sailing programs here!

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