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Welcome Aboard Paramour Sailing

Need Sailing Lessons Near You? We can help! We Provide 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 classes or private sailing lessons in Kansas City, Overland Park, Lawrence, Wichita, Olathe, Manhattan, 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 top sailing school in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, and 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. 

Local Sailing Lessons For Those in Overland Park, Kansas City, Topeka, Lawrence, KS & More

Sail Education: Paul has taught students from Kansas City, Overland Park, Topeka, Lawrence, Wichita, Kansas & More 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.

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Welcome Aboard our Catalina 22'

Paramour Sailing School at Perry Yacht Club

  • Personalized sailing instruction limited to 4 students per class.

  • Only ASA Certified Sailing School in the region.

  • ASA Recognized Sailing Instructor With Years of Sailing Teaching Experience

  • Top-Rated Sailing Lessons in Kansas City, Overland Park, Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas and the Surrounding Area

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Perry Yacht Club

All sailing adventures are on
the waters of Perry Lake.

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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. We have happily helped hundreds looking for private sailing lessons or sailing classes in Kansas City, Overland Park, Lawrence, Topeka, KS and throughout the entire states of Kansas and Missouri. For sailing lessons or classes around you,  join any of our boat sailing courses to develop your skill set in a professional and positive environment, and start sailing today.

Intro to 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.

  • $245 per participant

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.

  • $565 per participant ($545 for PYC Members)

Zero to Hero Sailing Day Camp for Adults

Private Sailing Lessons

  • 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.

  • $980 per participant ($960 for PYC Members)

  • Flexible scheduling.

  • Treat 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.

  • $120 an hour with a three hour minimum with up to four students.

Intro to Cruising NEW in 2024

  • One-Day class designed to introduce advanced sailors to the world of cruising. 

  • Explore navigation, sail inventory management, trimming for speed, and planning and preparing for extended voyages on a charter or your own cruising sailboat.

  • The entire class is held aboard our 32-foot flagship Time Out:

  • Class begins below deck as we prepare for a journey around the lake which includes anchoring for lunch.

  • ASA101 is a prerequisite.

  • $270 per participant ($250 for PYC Members)


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

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Kansas Sailing Classes Schedule

Summer 2024

One-Day Sailing Class for Beginners

  • Friday, April 26, 2024  FULL

  • Friday, May 10, 2024  (1 spot available) 

  • Saturday, May 11, 2024  (1 spot available) 

  • Saturday, May 25, 2024 FULL 

  • Saturday, June 1, 2024  FULL

  • Sunday, June 2, 2024

  • Sunday, June 30, 2024  

  • Friday, July 26, 2024

  • Saturday, July 27, 2024  

  • Sunday, July 28, 2024

  • Sunday, August 11, 2024

  • Saturday, August 24, 2024

  • Sunday, August 25, 2024

  • Friday, September 6, 2024

  • Sunday, September 22, 2024

American Sailing Association Basic Keelboat Certification (ASA 101)

  • Saturday-Sunday April 27-28, 2024 FULL

  • Saturday-Sunday May 4-5, 2024  

  • Saturday-Sunday May 18-19, 2024  

  • Saturday-Sunday June 8-9, 2024

  • Friday-Saturday June 14-15, 2024

  • Saturday-Sunday June 22-23, 2024

  • Saturday-Sunday July 13-14, 2024

  • Saturday-Sunday July 20-21, 2024

  • Saturday-Sunday August 3-4, 2024  

  • Saturday-Sunday August 17-18, 2024  

  • Saturday-Sunday September 7-18, 2024

  • Saturday-Sunday September 14-15, 2024

  • Saturday-Sunday September 28-29, 2024

Intro to Cruising - New in 2024

  • Saturday, June 29, 2024

  • Saturday, August 10, 2024

Private Sailing Lessons in Kansas

  • 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 20 through Thursday, May 23, 2024

  • Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20, 2024

  • Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18, 2024

  • Monday, August 19 through Thursday, July 22, 2024

  • Monday, Sept. 16 through Thursday, Sept. 19, 2024

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The Benefits of Taking Sailing Lessons or Classes Near You

Taking local sailing lessons can offer numerous benefits for individuals. It provides a unique opportunity to acquire essential skills and knowledge about sailing, enabling one to confidently navigate the open waters. Learning to sail fosters a deep sense of self-reliance and independence, as individuals master the art of harnessing the wind and controlling a sailboat. Sailing also encourages a strong connection with nature, as it allows participants to immerse themselves in the elements and appreciate the beauty of being on the water. Additionally, taking sailing lessons promotes physical fitness, as the activity requires active engagement, coordination, and balance. Whether pursuing a career in sailing or simply seeking a fulfilling or fun hobby, the benefits of taking sailing classes and learning how to sail extend far beyond the waters, often enriching both personal and professional aspects of life.

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