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The Hoofer Sailing Club has long prided itself on offering quality sailing instruction as a key component of club membership. Throughout the summer season, a staff of about 80 volunteer and paid instructors offers approximately 190 lessons each week, ranging from beginner to advanced courses on all of our seven sailboat fleets as well as windsurfers. Members can take unlimited lessons, test-outs, and special-topic clinics at no charge. During the winter, instruction continues with a winter kiting program and an on-land education series.

In addition to regular adult lessons, the club operates the increasingly-popular Hoofer Youth Program for children ages 10-18. About 300 youth each summer take lessons and have on-the-water fun while leaning how to sail, windsurf, kayak and canoe.

The instruction program also runs several outreach programs intended to better connect the club with the Wisconsin Union, University of Wisconsin, and the Madison community. Participants attending a conference at the University can get a taste of Hoofers by booking a short lesson through our Conference Sailing Program. A growing Accessible Sailing program is offered for sailors (or potential sailors) with disabilities and the instruction staff runs several free sailing events for area community groups each summer.

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