WINTER, SPRING, and SUMMER SAILING CAMPS,
BIRTHDAY PARTIES, PRIVATE and GROUP SAILING LESSONS,
TEAM BUILDING EVENTS, SAILING CLUB MEMBERSHIPS,
GIFT CERTIFICATES, and whole lot more can be found below …
The goal of Austin Sailboat Rentals is to bring the joy of sailing to downtown Austin, Texas on easy to operate dinghy sailboats, day sailor sailboats, and Hobie Mirage Adventure Islands.
Sailing is a great sport that you can enjoy and experience alone, with friends, with family, as a team building event, celebrating a birthday, celebrating a bachelor party or bridal shower, or makes as a great date!
With as little as 5 mph wind, our Snarks and Hobies can guide you anywhere on Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake). With every dinghy and Hobie sailboat rental, we provide free land instructions by a certified US Sailing Instructor.
We offer centerboard dinghy* sailboats for beginners and kids, and larger day sailors for more experienced sailors at very affordable hourly or daily rates. *Please note our dinghy sailboats can accommodate up to 310 lbs per boat.
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OTHER WATER and LAND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES: You can also rent by the hour or the day – bikes, tandem bicycles, Surrey bikes, kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards (SUPS), Seacycles and the latest addition to our fleet, Hobies.
Land bikes and bicycles are a great way to have fun navigating throughout the city or on the hike and bike trail, where you can find cool things explore like the new Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake, or watch the Mexican Free-tailed Bats fly from underneath the Ann Richard Congress Avenue Bridge between March and October, or ride over to Zilker Park where the famous Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival and Austin Trail of Lights take place, or visit the ghostly white lone Thirst Tree hanging over the middle of Lady Bird Lake near the Pfluger Pedestrian bridge.
Surrey bikes are a great way for your group to stay together while exploring the city, or the hike and bike trail, or celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday party, a family outing, or on a special date. Surrey bikes bring a lot more fun to the biking experience and they are Green (no emissions). Actually, none of our water or land vehicles give out emissions!
SAILING LESSONS: Private and Group sailing lessons are available by a certified US Sailing instructor on our dinghy, day sailor, or Hobie. Please note that our dinghy sailboats can only accommodate up to 310 lbs. per boat.
Below are a few options to choose from:
PRIVATE lessons are available with a certified US Sailing instructor and include: thirty (30) minutes of one-on-one land instructions with a certified instructor (e.g. understanding the wind, the mechanics of sailing a sailboat, how to sail and navigate (laylines) on Lady Bird Lake, safety afloat overview including rules of the road), and then another thirty (30) minutes practicing on the water what you learned on land, supervised closely by your instructor.
- $50 an hour for one person in a dinghy sailboat (up to 310 lbs.)
- $75 an hour for two persons sharing a lesson in the same dinghy sailboat (310 lbs. combined weight)
- $100 an hour for one person in a day sailor or Hobie
- $150 an hour for two persons sharing a lesson in the same day sailor or Hobie
GROUP lessons are also available with a certified US Sailing instructor and include thirty (30) minutes of land instructions (e.g. understanding the wind, the mechanics of sailing a sailboat, sailing and navigating (laylines) on Lady Bird Lake, safety afloat overview including rules of the road), and then another thirty (30) minutes on the water practicing what you learned on the land, supervised closely by your certified instructor.
GROUP lesson consists of at least three (3) or more people attending the same lesson. In a Group Lesson we will try to pair up two participants in the same dinghy sailboat (2 people to a boat), unless there is a weight overage or an odd number of sailors, then one person will sail alone.
Below are a few options to choose from:
- $100 an hour for three (3) to ten (10) people
- $150 an hour for eleven (11) to fifteen (15) people
- $200 an hour for sixteen (16) to twenty (20) people
- please call to inquire about pricing for more than twenty-one (21) people
TIPS: We suggest you bring a change of clothes, shoes, and a towel just in case you get wet. It’s also a good idea to also bring a bottle of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a tight fitting hat (remember to dress according to the weather).
CERTIFICATION: If you are interested in becoming a certified sailor, our certified US Sailing instructor can also certify you as a beginner and/or intermediate sailor in sailboats 20 feet or smaller. Please inquire about certifications directly with Ginny at 512-431-1894 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK HERE TO BOOK A PRIVATE or GROUP LESSON
SAILING CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: Austin Sailboat Rentals has established a Sailing Club Membership with the goal of making its Sailing Club Membership an organized, safe, and fun sailing environment for all its members.
MEMBERSHIPS: There are two kinds of sailing memberships with Austin Sailboat Rentals:
(1) single memberships cost $250, which entitles one sailboat member to sail any of Austin Sailboat Rentals sailboats identified below. A member may bring along a guest(s) for a nominal fee. The fee for a single guest is $10.00 per hour per guest; or
(2) couple memberships cost $350, which entitles two members to sail any of Austin Sailboat Rentals sailboats identified below at the same time in the same boat. Guests are also allowed for $10.00 per hour per guest.
SAILBOATS INCLUDED IN BOTH MEMBERSHIPS
Catalina Capri 14.2
CLICK HERE for SAILING CLUB TERMS AND CONDITIONS
CLICK HERE for SAILING CLUB WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
CLICK HERE for SAILING CLUB MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
BIRTHDAY PARTY: Sailing Birthday Parties are a lot of fun for the young and the old. We offer 2 hours and 3 hours of sailing time, together with basic sailing instructions and safety afloat overview on Lady Bird Lake or Lake Austin. Below is our basic pricing for 2 hour and 3 hour parties. We can also customize your party adding additional boats and sail time if requested. See below for additional ad ons.
BIRTHDAY PARTY PRICING:
- For 2 hours of sailing for 10 people (5 boats, 2 persons per boat) the cost is $250.
- For 3 hours of sailing for 10 people (5 boats, 2 persons per boat) the cost is $375.
- For 2 hours of sailing for 10 people (10 boats, 1 person per boat) the cost is $400.
- For 3 hours of sailing for 10 people (10 boats, 1 person per boat) the cost is $600.
BIRTHDAY PARTY OPTIONAL AD-ONS:
Optional adds-ons such as kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, sea cycles and bikes are also available at an hourly rate. Prices for all of these items can be found on the reservation page located below.
Please also feel free to bring your own food and beverages to enjoy at one of our red picnic tables with yellow shade umbrellas. For each reservation of 5 boats, one table is included with reservation.
CLICK HERE FOR RESERVING A BIRTHDAY PARTY
WINTER, SPRING and SUMMER SAILING CAMPS: It’s Austin Sail Sailboat Rentals second year at teaching kids how to sail, and it’s main focus this year is going to be on fun, then learning, and then team building. Austin Sailboat Rentals has onsite, a certified US Sailing instructor and certified lifeguard, so your kids are not only going to learn how to sail the right way, they are going to be safe during the process, but more importantly they are going to have a whole lot of fun while learning how to sail!
Winter Break Sailing Camp will be offered one week in December (December 30 – January 3) for kids 6 to 15 years old.
Spring Break Sailing Camp will be offered one week in March (March 10 -14) for kids 6 to 15 years old.
Summer Sailing Camp will be offered in weekly sessions during the months of June, July and August for kids 6 to 15 years old.
Austin Sailboat Rentals’ Winter, Spring and Summer Sailing Camps are all inclusive camps, which means while your kids are having fun lerning how to sail, they will also be provided a light morning snack with fresh juice, a full buffet lunch with beverage and dessert indoors at the Holiday Inn on Town Lake Pecan Tree Restaurant, along with cold water and Gatorade provided throughout the day, and fresh fruit later in the afternoon.
Austin Sailboat Rentals offers Winter, Spring and Summer sailing camps Monday – Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.
An additional option is offered for all three camps for early drop-off and late pick-up at for a minimal charge.
SAILING CAMP DIRECTOR and MANAGER: Ginny, Austin Sailboat Rentals Sailing Director is a certified US Sailing instructor, is CPR AED and CPR First Aid certified, certified with Basic Boating Safety and Safety Afloat, and has taught over 120 children how to sail. She is also a mother of two.
“Children Are Likely To Live Up To What You Believe Of Them”
-Lady Bird Johnson, former US First Lady
Jim, Austin Sailboat Rentals Sailing Manager, is a certified Life Guard, is CPR AED and CPR First Aid certified, and has over 500 hours of working with and supervising children on the water. He is also a father of four and a grandfather.
Both Ginny and Jim have worked with children with learning disabilities, such as Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and have been trained in recognizing and working with children with anxiety and fear of the water, and sailing in general.
SAILING CAMP DIRECTIONS and PARKING: We are located directly behind the Holiday Inn at 20 North IH-35 on Lady Bird Lake (Exit 233 heading South on IH-35 or Exit 233-B heading North on IH 35 – make a left on Holly Street, and another left at light as if you are heading back South on IH 35). Look for a brown park sign indicating Lady Bird Lake and head down towards the water. Veer towards your right and look for our sailboat rental flags, red picnic tables with bright yellow shade umbrellas, and blue sailing trailer, all located under two large pecan trees adding additional shade. Parking is conveniently located right in front of our sailing site for a nominal fee of $1.00 per hour and free on Sundays.
SAILING CAMP DROP-OFF and PICK-UP: We are conveniently located on East Avenue at a corner to the back entrance of the Holiday Inn. You are welcome to stop and leave your car without paying for parking for a short period of time — just long enough to escort your child to and from our sailing site in order to check him/her in and out. If you prefer to visit for a while or watch your child sail, then we ask that you please park your car in the designated parking areas in front of our sailing site and pay the nominal fee of $1.00 per hour.
CLICK HERE for CAMP SCHEDULE
CLICK HERE for WINTER CAMP REGISTRATION and PAYMENT
CLICK HERE for SPRING CAMP REGISTRATION and PAYMENT
CLICK HERE for SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION and PAYMENT
GIFT CERTIFICATES: Gift Certificates are a great way to show that special person in your life that you really care about them, or if you have an exceptional employee that you really appreciate, a gift certificate is a great way to show them thanks.
You may purchase a gift certificate in any dollar denomination, so the recipient can use it towards any sailboat, canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board or bicycle rental, or it can even be used towards a private sailing lesson with a certificate US Sailing instructor.
Gift Certificates expire one year from the purchase date, and don’t worry if you lose your certificate … Austin Sailboat Rentals keeps a log of all certificates. They just ask that the recipient please show a form of identification to redeem a lost gift certificate.
Gift Certificates can be prepared with a customized message and background theme.
CLICK HERE for Purchasing a GIFT CERTIFICATE
TEAM BUILDING EVENTS: Austin Sailboat Rentals offers exciting Team Building Events. We have created some great nautical tasks and skills for two or more people to work on and learn how to do together, along with learning how to sail. After learning a couple of these nautical tasks and learning how to sail, we’ll put your team to the test with a fun sailing event on the water, which should bring a great amount of respect to each other and sailing.
We can also customize your Team Building Event and have ample space indoors or outdoors to host a large event. If you are requiring food, the Holiday Inn on Town Lake is conveniently located at our sailing site and can accommodate your needs in regards to catering, banquet rooms, and overnight accommodations.
CLICK HERE for INQUIRING or BOOKING a TEAM BUILDING EVENT
OPERATING HOURS: Austin Sailboat Rentals will be open all year round, but closed on Mondays, except if a Monday falls on a major holiday, we will be open on Monday; Tuesday – Friday we are open from 10 am to 6 pm (please call to make a reservation to make sure we are there when you arrive); and Saturday – Sunday we are always there between 10 am to 6 pm.
ADDRESS/DIRECTIONS/PARKING: We are conveniently located directly behind the Holiday Inn at 20 North IH-35, Austin, Texas 78701 on Lady Bird Lake. Exit 233 heading South on IH-35 or Exit 233-B heading North on IH 35 — make a left on Holly Street, and another left at light as if you are heading back South on IH-35. Look for a brown park sign indicating Lady Bird Lake and head down towards the water. Veer towards your right and look for our blue and yellow sailboat rental flags luffing in the wind, with our red picnic tables with yellow shade umbrellas, near our blue sailing trailer, all located under two large pecan trees adding additional shade. We are also conveniently located right on the hike and bike trail for easy bike access. Parking is located directly in front of us on East Avenue and only cost $1.00 an hour and free on Sundays, or if you can find space feel free to park in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn or underneath the IH-35 bridge, where you can also find free parking.
LOYALTY PROGRAM: Austin Sailboat Rentals has launched a new Loyalty Program. For customer(s) visiting us more than once, please let us know so we can start a Loyalty Program for you, and give you two hours of free rental on the same vehicle rented after your fifth visit. For example, after you have rented one of our dinghy sailboats five times, on your sixth visit, we’ll give you two hours free on the same dinghy sailboat!