Our story

High Tide Sailing School (HTSS) is a small business with a human touch, giving us the ability to approach sailing with the uniqueness of its patrons. HTSS offers leisurely sails and our on-the-water programs are designed to evaluate a new sailor and provide realistic guidelines in becoming a competent sailor. Owned and operated by US Veteran, Captain John Zimmermann, you will be sailing a Sonar 23 -the ideal vessel for new sailors- with a maximum capacity of 4. Sailing out of Port Washington, NY. Private sails are also available.

Our rates are competitive and all proceeds support Captain John's not-for-profit sibling organization, Veterans to Sailors, offering sailing for its therapeutic value to veterans and their loved ones -all for free!

Captain John, a retired USAF SMSgt and a USCG 50 ton master, has extensive experience teaching the art of sailing to people of all ages and walks of life. As a US Sailing and American Sailing Association Certified basic keelboat instructor, US Sailing Certified Adaptive Sailing Instructor, and a US Sailing Basic cruising instructor.

John has introduced 300+ people to sailing on the waters of Oyster Bay and the Hudson River of New York.

Support America's Veterans and learn how to sail with HTSS today.



Packages and rates


Sailing 101

Our Introduction to Sailing program is a 2-4 hour course, depending on the number of new sailors. Under Captain John’s supervision, each student will man the boat controls (tiller, mainsheet and jib sheets), practice wind awareness, and learn and perform basic sailing maneuvers including steering a course, tacking, gybing, man overboard and heave-to. SAILING 101 is designed to provide the new sailors with a realistic evaluation of their abilities and a practical timeline for becoming a competent sailor.

Recommended before the 16 hour Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

1 hour sail per student.

$65/per individual (course will have 2-4 students)
$100/pair package (2 students sign up together)

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Basic Keelboat Sailing

This program augments Sailing 101. Basic Keelboat Sailing gives new sailors more independence on the water, requiring less and less direction from the captain as students become more competent in their sailing skills.

You will learn:

  • Parts of a sailboat

  • Rigging - standing & running

  • Knots

  • Wind awareness

  • Current & tide

  • Points of sail

  • Tacking & gybing

  • Steering a course

  • Man overboard drill

  • Heave-to

16 hours long. This course can be taken at 8 or 4 hours at a time (2 whole or 4 half days). All lessons must be scheduled within 2 weeks of each other. Course will have 2-4 students.

$475/per individual
$700/pair package (2 students sign up together)



Leisure Harbor sail

For those who prefer to let the captain do the sailing. Relax and experience picturesque Port Washington harbor by day. Tide and wind set the course. Groups of 2-4.

First sail is at 10:30am.

3 hours long.

$85/per individual
$150/pair package (2 people sign up together)

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Sunset Sail

Watch the sunset on the water form a sailboat. This sail is for those who prefer to let the captain do the sailing. Tide and wind set the course. Last sail 2 hours before sunset.

2 hours long (groups of 2-4).

$70/new sailor
$120/pair package (2 sign up together)

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Private Lessons

For those who want to take their sailing to the next level and completely customize their experience.

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There is no inappropriate weather for sailing. Only inappropriate dress for the weather you are sailing in.



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