Kids receiving optimist instructions in Portugal

Optimist, sailing for kids

Private lessos
Group lessons


Our optimist sailing lessons for kids are a great way to get your kids out on the water and learning about marine life, navigation, and more. Our certified instructors make sure that each child gets the most out of their optimist lesson experience! We have a wide range of lessons and weekly courses for kids, from the youngest beginner to an experienced sailor. We are proud to be dedicated to providing the best possible optimist sailing experience for our students, by offering sailing lessons for kids, including private and group lessons. We also have summer courses who want to spend a week on the water.


Our sailing school offers classes for kids of all ages and abilities, as young as six years old and up to 12 years olds. Our experienced instructors will create a fun and engaging environment that your child will love! Our instructors are experienced sailors who can teach your child the basics of sailing, as well as more advanced techniques. The courses we provide also focus on specific aspects of sailing such as racing or boating safety. We have classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students. 


Private lessons

The ideal option to guarantee a fast and efficient evolution. With private lessons, you ensure that you have an instructor exclusively for you and yours. Ideal for the beginning and for the most relevant stages of improvement. You can bring as many sailors as you want to your private class. It's an excellent activity to do with friends. Classes last two hours and at the end, you should be able to make your first crossings of the lagoon independently. Private lessons guarantee a dedicated instructor exclusively for you (and your group) and are available year-round. The Optimist represents the entry into sailing for many young people and first love in the lives of many sailors. Do not hesitate and contact us to book your little ones.

1 Person 70€
2 People €110
+30€ per additional person

Weekly summer courses

The weekly summer courses are the perfect option for those who want to learn sailing and at the same time consolidate all the knowledge acquired. Internships represent our best offer for learning the sport, where the students will accumulate 15 hours of practice over a week. The internships take place during the months of July and August, from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 1 pm, and by opening a class (min 6 people). The summer internships are aimed at beginners and intermediate sailors. The aim is to promote autonomy in sport and train independent sailors.

150€ per person

Monday to Friday, 10 am to 1 pm
in the months of July and August through the opening of classes
 - Minimum of 6 participants for the opening of the class;

 - Consecutive sessions;

 - If the practitioner is unable to maintain the level of the class, he/she must be transferred to a private lessons regime.


Includes monitor, all material, insurance and use of the locker room

Prices include VAT in force, material, instructor, insurance.

Kids practicing sailing in Obidos Lagoon, Portugal
Students sailing optimist in Portugal
Students learning to sailing optimist in Portugal
Students with optimist sail boats in Obidos Lagoon, Portugal

What is optimist?


The optimist is a small beginner sailing vessel created in 1947 by the architect Clark Mills. With a flat-bottomed hull, equipped with a single sail, the optimist is a light, stable, unsinkable and very easy to manoeuvre vessel. Due to its reduced dimensions, the optimist is ideal for learning sailing in the younger age groups (from 6 to 12 years old).

How long do I need to how to sail?


sailing is a relatively fast learning sport. As a general rule, practitioners should be able to navigate alone with some autonomy from the very first session. It is very important to accept and respect that each practitioner has their own windsurf learning pace. Normally, between 2 am and 6 am, students should be able to practice alone and take responsibility for their own evolution. Our main focus is to induce, in a safe way, the evolution of practitioners, so that they can navigate independently as soon as possible. Whatever your stage, at Escola de Vela da Lagoa you will have experienced and duly qualified instructors ready to assist you in your progression.



The rental regime is aimed at children between 6 and 13 years old, who already know how to navigate and who have at least a safe level of autonomy. Maybe they no longer need classes, but just accumulate hours of practice. During the rental regime, your young sailors must always be under the careful supervision of a responsible adult. To rent equipment you must ensure that young sailors have the following skills:

  • Know how to swim and be comfortable in deep water;

  • Keep the navigation line and do not drift excessively;

  • Keeping calm in a capsize situation;

  • Being able to turn the boat even if the wind is strong;

  • Have a good spatial awareness and be able to manage your position in the lagoon;

  • being able to avoid collisions.

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