Welcome Aboard Paramour Sailing

Sailing Adventures For All Levels and Ages. We provide sailing lessons at Perry Lake, KS, as well as ASA certification courses. Book one of our classes today if you are interested in professional sailing lessons in Kansas City, Overland Park, Lawrence, Topeka, KS or anywhere within Kansas, Missouri, or the Midwest.


A Bit About Your Captain

Paul Barnett, Your Sailing Instructor

Paramour Sailing was born from the love of sailing and is driven by a passion for sharing that love with others. Paramour Sailing is the fulfillment of Paul Barnett’s lifelong dream of opening a local sailing school. Paul has shared his knowledge and skills with hundreds of students over the past three decades.

Paul boasts a wall full of regatta trophies, hard won through competitive sailing over the years. While he cut his teeth in the scrappy world of small boat sailing, for the past decade he has been more focused on sharing his knowledge and expertise using larger keel boats at the Perry Yacht Club on Lake Perry. 

Sail Education: Paul has taught students of all ages from 8 to 88. He is proud to have overseen the certification of hundreds of students as American Sailing Association Keel Boat Sailors, preparing them to take on coastal and offshore challenges. Many of his students have also advanced to  their ASA Bareboat Certification, which allows them to captain sailboats all around the world.

Lori, his wife, is Paul’s greatest love- but teaching sailing is his other love, his Paramour.

Read about Captain Paul, American Sailing Association featured instructor.


Welcome Aboard our Catalina 22'

2022 Covid-19 Precautions:

For everyone’s safety,

  • Masks are required unvaccinated sailors.

  • ASA and CDC standards for masks and sanitizing will be followed.

  • Class size is limited to 4 people.


Perry Yacht Club

All sailing adventures are on
the waters of Perry Lake.


Sailing Adventures

Whether you’re interested in trying out a sport for the first time or are looking to improve your skills in one you’re already involved in, Paramour Sailing offers various sailing classes for every level of experience. Join any of my courses to develop your skillset in a professional and positive environment, and start sailing today.

One-Day Sailing Class for Beginners

  • Designed to introduce beginning and inexperienced sailors to the basics of sailing on a mid-sized boat.

  • Six-hour day of sail instruction, which includes both outdoor classroom and on-the-water experience.

  • Small class size of no more than 4 participants.

  • Ideal for those who have never sailed, want to brush up on their skills, or complete the prerequisite for the American Sailing Association Basic Keel-boat Certifications.

  • $225 per participant

Weekend American Sailing Association (ASA) Basic Keelboat 

  • Two-Day ASA certification course

  • Practice basic sailing skills, safety, weather, and learn advanced sailing techniques.

  • Includes all ASA materials, instruction, certification testing, ASA registration, and 90-day ASA membership.

  • Small class size

  • Prior sailing experience or completion of One-Day Sailing Class for Beginners is a prerequisite.

  • $545 per participant ($525 for PYC Members)

Private Sailing Lessons

  • Flexible scheduling.

  • Treating yourself and or your family to a fun day on the water.

  • Work on specific sailing skills.

  • Extra practice for ASA certification

  • Check sailing off the bucket list.

  • Practice on your newly purchased boat.

  • $115 an hour with a three hour minimum with up to four students.

Zero to Hero Sailing Day Camp for Adults

  • Four-Day camp designed for beginner and novice sailors.  

  • Offered weekdays during warmer months.

  • No prerequisites aside from some advanced study.

  • Learn, practice, and advance quickly through Intro to Sailing up through ASA Keel Boat Certification.

  • Practice and skill building using sailing and boat handling exercises.

  • ASA Registration Fee, course materials, instruction, certification testing, and a 90-Day ASA Membership included in the course fee.

  • Perry Yacht Club offers full use of the grounds for camping (RV and tent), cooking (kitchen and grills), and shower facilities for your comfort.

  • $975 per participant ($950 for PYC Members)

Reservations for all sailing lesson adventures require non-refundable receipt of full payment.


Kansas Sailing Classes Schedule

Summer 2022

One-Day Sailing Class for Beginners

  • Saturday, May 14, 2022  FULL

  • Saturday, June 4, 2022  FULL

  • Sunday, June 5, 2022  FULL

  • Saturday, June 18, 2022  FULL

  • Saturday, July 9, 2022  FULL

  • Sunday, July 10, 2022  FULL

  • Saturday, July 30, 2022  FULL

  • Sunday, July 31, 2022 FULL

  • Saturday, August 13, 2022  FULL

  • Sunday, August 14, 2022  FULL

  • Sunday, September 11, 2022  FULL

  • Saturday, September 24, 2022  FULL

  • For parties of 2 or more, contact us to schedule a special Intro to Sailing session on a weekday of your choosing.

Weekend American Sailing Association (ASA) Basic Keelboat

  • Saturday-Sunday April 30-May 1, 2022

  • Saturday-Sunday May 21-22, 2022  FULL

  • Saturday-Sunday June 25-26, 2022  FULL

  • Saturday-Sunday August 6-7, 2022

  • Saturday-Sunday August 20-21, 2022

  • Saturday-Sunday October 1-2, 2022  FULL

  • Saturday-Sunday October 8-9, 2022   FULL

Private Lessons

  • Private lessons are a great option to accommodate your schedule and sailing needs.

  • Flexible scheduling (weekdays and weekends) is available to get you out on the water at a time that works for you!

Zero to Hero Sailing Day Camp for Adults

  • Monday, May 16 through Thursday, May 19, 2022  

  • Monday, June 13 through Thursday, June 16, 2022

  • Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28, 2022

  • Monday, August 22 through Thursday, August 25, 2022

  • Monday, Sept. 19 through Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 FULL


Ready for a Sailing Adventure...

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