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Aquatics Center

5437 E. Ocean Blvd.
(562) 570-1719
(.7 acres)


The Leeway Sailing and Aquatics Center has had "the wind at it's back" throughout its long history. Founded in 1929 to teach local youth the basics of sailing, the Leeway Sailing and Aquatics Center is regarded as one of the premier municipal instructional sailing programs in the country. The Center's mission is to provide a fun, safe aquatic experience, and to teach good sportsmanship and water safety. Along with quality sailing instruction, kayaking, and canoeing are also taught.

Boating Instruction

Leeway Sailing & Aquatics Center offers classes throughout the year in sailing, kayaking, and canoeing. Group, private and semi-private lessons are available. For information about private or semi-private lessons, please call the Sailing Center at 570-1719. View information about our group classes.
*All classes require registration at least 48 hours in advance either online or at the Parks, Recreation and Marine registration office.
*Registration is not accepted at the facility.

Group Visits and Private Parties

Bring your group to Leeway to enjoy a day at Alamitos Bay! Custom activity days are available for youth and adult groups featuring kayaking, canoeing, and sailing.
A minimum of ten (10) days notice is required to schedule a group activity at Leeway Sailing Center. Parties may be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 AM and 4 PM.


A Long Beach sailing program on the beach of Alamitos Bay began in 1929. It became affiliated with the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) not long after it founding, and many Leeway Sailing Center (Leeway) members were also junior members of the ABYC.


In 1948, an old firehouse from the Harbor was relocated to the site and sold to the ABYC. The firehouse been built at a shipyard in the harbor, and some believe it was seized by the City due to its use as a terminal for the gambling boat that was anchored outside the 3-mile limit in the 1930's and 1940's. Leeway operated out of the ABYC facility until 1964, when the ABYC gave the site to the City in exchange for the lease on a property at 7001E. Ocean Blvd.

Since 1964, Leeway has continued to operate out of the old firehouse building. In 2008, the City began considerations of replacing the old firehouse with a more modern building. Leeway is associated with the popularity of the Sabot class of boats, which was originated by a father of a young sailor learning to sail there. Gondola Getaway is also operated out of the Leeway docks.

Leeway Sailing and Aquatics Center offers beginning and intermediate sabot classes for children age 8 and above and up to adult. The instructional fleet includes 8' sabots, 14 foot Capri boats and our 28 foot keelboat. Board sailing is offered to ages 16 and older. Two-hour semi-private and private lessons are available. Call (562) 570-1719 for more information. Visit RecConnect for more information.

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