Be Smart. Be Safe. Get Certified at Our Chicago Yacht Academy.

We are US Power-boating and IYT accredited and certified. Our classes not only offer certifications that will reduce your insurance costs, but will also enable you to charter vessels in the U.S. and abroad. Our classes are more than just afternoon lectures – we believe you should have hands-on experience. You’ll have in-classroom and on-the-water experience.

CYA classes are offered for every level of knowledge and experience. Dive right in – we have it all!
Questions? Reach out to CYAEducation@ChicagoYachtWorks.com.

Boating Classes

Classes are now offered through our partner Captain Scott Souders with CenterHelm. Whether you are 16 and want to learn your boating license, or you own a 40′ cruiser and want to enhance your knowledge with nighttime navigation and radio classes, CenterHelm has you covered.

Click on Our Class Listings for More Details and Registration. 

Boating Certifications

Whether you want to charter a powerboat in the Bahamas or Europe or simply know the right way to navigate the locks or trailer your boat, learn from the best and do it the right way. Be safe, be comfortable, be secure, and have more fun…be certified! We have the Certified Instructors to teach you what you want to know.

Click on the Boating Certifications Listing CenterHelm Offers for More Details and Registration Information.


Private Lessons
Want to learn about boating but anxious about sitting in a class? Or do you simply want to learn on your own boat? We offer private lessons to make the
experience as enjoyable and fruitful as possible for an optimal learning atmosphere.

If you are interested in working on a specific boat handling skill with an accredited boating instructor, we can set this up for you! Private lessons can be done aboard your own boat or one of our school boats. Focusing on skills like but not limited to:

  • Docking, Alongside, and in a Slip
  • Close Quarters Maneuvering
  • Anchoring
  • Yacht Systems

Private lessons can be a one-time or multiple sessions, to help you gain exposure to various weather conditions and build confidence behind the helm.

Request Private Boating Lessons


We apologize if you have tried to call us and not connected.  

We are experiencing some difficulties with our phone system and are in the process of correcting it.

If you need to call us, here are the relevant extensions so you can bypass the system:

(312) 666-6670

Office (scheduling, storage quotes, info, etc)              x101

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Service Department TEXT                                 312-728-7401

Sales (new and pre-owned boat sales)                        x104

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