FALL SAILING PROGRAM and FIELD TRIPS
Austin Sailboat Rentals has finished their second year
at teaching over 500+ kids how to sail and
is launching a new fall program, which includes
Field Trips, After School Sailing and sailing for
Home Schooled kids, ages 6 to 15.
A large Catalina sailboat accommodating up to six people (mast and boom removed) is available to rent anytime before 6 pm with a custom bimini top and trolling motor, or from 6 pm to 9 pm to watch the sunset, or watch the Mexican Free-tailed bats fly out from underneath the Congress Avenue bridge on Lady Bird Lake (advanced reservations are required for evening rental).
SAILBOAT RENTALS, SPRING and SUMMER SAILING CAMPS, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, PRIVATE and GROUP SAILING LESSONS, TEAM BUILDING EVENTS, SAILING CLUBS, GIFT CERTIFICATES, and whole lot more of fun things to do can be found below …
The goal of Austin Sailboat Rentals is to bring the joy of sailing on Lady Bird Lake, in 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 or bachelorette party, or makes as a great date!
With as little as 5 mph wind, our Snarks, day sailors, 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 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.
FUN THINGS TO DO ON THE WATER and LAND with other RECREATIONAL VEHICLES You can also rent by the hour or the day – scooters, bikes, tandem bicycles, Surrey bikes, kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards (SUPS), Seacycles, Hobie Mirage Adventure Islands, and the latest addition to our fleet, Go-Float Electric Boats.
Austin Sailboat Rentals Go-Float Electric Boats are so cool! Each one comes with built-in smartphone speakers, a small cooler, two cup holders, and a Bimini top to help keep you cool during those hot summer days in Texas. Please note our two person electric boat holds up to 550 lbs. in the green boat and up to 650 lbs. in the white boat.
Scooters, single and tandem bikes, and Surrey bicycles are a great way to have fun strolling over to Bangers Sausage House and Beer Garden on Rainey Street, navigating throughout downtown Austin or on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, where you can find cool things to 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.
Surrey Bikes are a great way for your group to stay together while exploring downtown Austin, or the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, or celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday party, a bachelor or bachelorette party, 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 – Austin Sailboat Rentals is totally Green!
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, Surrey or bicycle rental, or it can even be used towards a private sailing lesson with a certificate US Sailing instructor.
Gift Certificates expire six months 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.
SAILING LESSONS Private and Group sailing lessons are available by a certified US Sailing instructor on a dinghy sailboat, day sailor sailboat, or Hobie Adventure Tandem. Please note that our dinghy sailboats can 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 what you learned on land on the water, supervised closely by your instructor.
Below are a few options to choose from. Please note, the first cost is for the instructor’s fee, and the second cost is for the sailboat rental:
- $50 an hour for one person in a dinghy sailboat (up to 310 lbs.), plus $20 for the sailboat;
- $70 an hour for two persons sharing a lesson in the same dinghy sailboat (310 lbs. combined weight), plus $25 for the sailboat;
- $80 an hour for two persons sharing a lesson in two separate dinghy sailboats; plus $20 for each sailboat;
- $100 an hour for one person in a day sailor; plus $35 for a small day sailor, or $45 for a larger day sailor (our instructor goes with you in your sailboat);
- $100 an hour for one person in a Hobie, plus $45 for the Hobie Adventure Islander Tandem (our instructor goes with you in your Hobie);
- $150 an hour for two persons sharing a lesson in the same day sailor, plus $45 for a larger day sailor (our instructor goes with you in your sailboat).
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, plus the cost of the dinghy sailboats ($20 for one person in a dinghy sailboat, or $25 for two people in a dinghy sailboat);
- $150 an hour for eleven (11) to fifteen (15) people, plus the cost of the dinghy sailboats ($20 for one person in a dinghy sailboat, or $25 for two people in a dinghy sailboat);
- $200 an hour for sixteen (16) to twenty (20) people, plus the cost of the dinghy sailboats ($20 for one person in a dinghy sailboat, or $25 for two people in a dinghy sailboat);
- please call to inquire about pricing for more than twenty-one (21) people.
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.
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 a month, 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 a month, 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
BIRTHDAY PARTIES 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 by adding a group sailing lesson with a certified US Sailing instructing, and/or adding additional boats and sail time. See below for additional ad ons.
BIRTHDAY PARTY PRICING
- For 2 hours of sailing for 10 people (5 dinghy sailboats, 2 persons per boat) the cost is $250.
- For 3 hours of sailing for 10 people (5 dinghy sailboats, 2 persons per boat) the cost is $375.
- For 2 hours of sailing for 10 people (10 dinghy sailboats, 1 person per boat) the cost is $400.
- For 3 hours of sailing for 10 people (10 dinghy sailboats, 1 person per boat) the cost is $600.
BIRTHDAY PARTY OPTIONAL AD-ONS
Optional adds-ons such as kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and bikes or Surreys bikes are also available at an hourly rate. Prices for all of these items can be found here or on the reservation page located below.
Also available is one hour group sailing lesson provided by a certified US Sailing instructor for $100.
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.
SPRING & SUMMER SAILING CAMPS
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, then team building. Austin Sailboat Rentals has an onsite 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, and have a whole lot of fun while learning how to sail!
Spring Break Sailing Camp will be offered one week in March (March 10-14) for kids 6 to 15 years old. For kids that already know how to sail, we will split the kids up by level of experience and teach accordingly. We are offering a $20 discount for siblings signing up for the same session, as well as a $20 discount for multiple sessions.
Summer Sailing Camp will be offered in weekly sessions during the months of June, July and August for kids 6 to 15 years old. For kids that already know how to sail, we will split the kids up by level of experience and teach accordingly. We are offering a $20 discount for siblings signing up for the same session, as well as a $20 discount for multiple sessions.
Austin Sailboat Rentals’ Spring and Summer Sailing Camps are all inclusive camps, which means
while your kids are having fun learning 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 Spring and Summer sailing camps Monday – Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.
An additional option is offered for both camps for early drop-off and late pick-up at for a minimal charge.
SAILING CAMP DIRECTOR and MANAGER Ginny, is Austin Sailboat Rentals Sailing Camp Director and is a certified US Sailing instructor, 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, is Austin Sailboat Rentals Sailing Manager and is a certified Lifeguard, 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, fear of the water and sailing in general.
SAILING CAMP DIRECTIONS and PARKING Austin Sailboat Rentals is 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 red, white and blue 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 on the Holiday Inn property and/or in their covered parking garage. Feel free to use the Holiday Inn parking area free of charge, and on Sundays, feel free to park directly on the street in front of our sailing site — it’s free on Sundays.
SAILING CAMP DROP-OFF and PICK-UP Austin Sailboat Rentals is conveniently located in front of East Avenue, at the back entrance of the Holiday Inn. You are welcome to stop at the back drive to the Holiday Inn for a short period of time — just long enough to escort your child to and from our sailing camp while signing your child in and out of camp. If you plan to visit for a while, then please park in the designated parking areas on East Avenue.
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.
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 Austin Sailboat Rentals is 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 Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail for easy bike access.
Parking is located directly in front of us on East Avenue or directly behind us free of charge on the Holiday Inn property. Feel free to use the Holiday Inn uncovered parking area and/or in their covered parking garage free of charge.
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!
VOLUNTEERING Austin Sailboat Rentals is currently looking for positive, outgoing individuals who are energetic, fun, friendly, and caring to help Austin Sailboat Rentals’ sailing director during the weekends and during Spring and Summer Sailing Camps. Volunteers must enjoy working with children, families and outdoors.
Austin Sailboat Rentals is offering in exchange for volunteering – a full buffet lunch and beverages for each day of volunteering, an opportunity to learn how to sail and/or become a certified sailor, a Sailing Camp Staff T-shirt, and free sailing time to use when not volunteering. There is also an opportunity to become a paid part-time or full-time employee after going through Austin Sailboat Rentals Volunteer Program.
Interested volunteers must submit an online application, sign a Consent for Criminal Background Release, take a Child Protective Training test, and sign a Volunteer Waiver and Release. If selected as a volunteer, volunteers must also attend a 1-hour Volunteer Orientation.
Volunteering is the perfect way to feel connected to your community. The simple act of offering your skills and enthusiasm will positively impact the lives of others, as well as your own. Volunteering is also a great opportunity for anybody looking to learn and practice his or her management and leadership skills.
PHILANTHROPY (We Give)
Ameri Corps (VISTA)
Austin Discovery School
Big Brothers and Big Sisters
Boy Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of America
C5 Youth Foundation
Children at Heart Ministries
Clayton Elementary School
Girl Scouts of America
Rodriguez Elementary School
Seton Northwest Hospital
Texas Baptist Children’s Home
Westwood Basketball and Student Assistance Fund
YMCA Town Lake