Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Santa Barbara Harbor
Directly to the right of the boat launch ramp
Santa Barbara, CA

California’s premier destination for on-the-water fun. If you’re looking for a little adventure, we offer kayak & stand up paddle board rentals, tours & instruction. Learn to sail, charter a sailboat with a captain, rent a variety of sail boats, or enroll in a Liveaboard Instructional Vacation to the world-famous Channel Islands National Park. We also offer a wide variety of public cruises on our 50 foot Catamaran during which you’ll experience an array of marine life as well as spectacular views of the coastline. Regardless of your boating needs, there’s something fun for all ages at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center!

Double Dolphin Catamaran:

We offer Coastal, Harbor, and Sunset Cruises year-round, and have a variety of specialty cruises offered throughout the year. Our most popular specialty cruises include Whale Watching, Music on the Water, and Sipping on the Sea. 

Channel Islands Getaways:

Take advantage of our big, blue backyard with a Channel Islands Getaway. Our Coast Guard licensed Captains will help you plan a multi-day excursion that includes activities such as surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, beach lounging, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, free diving, sea cave exploration, day sailing or just hanging out and enjoying the beautiful anchorages within the islands. 

Charter your own private boat:

Planning a team event, birthday celebration, bachelorette party, or a gathering with your crew? Let the sea be the stage for your special moments aboard the Double Dolphin (49 passengers maximum). For a more intimate party, our Catalina Yachts (6 passengers maximum) are the perfect fit. Pick the yacht size and we will provide you with a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain. You can simply enjoy the views or feel free to help captain your ship.

Kayak & SUP:

A kayak or stand-up paddleboard gets you up-close and personal with the Santa Barbara Harbor and beyond. Our staff will assist in launching you from our kayak and stand-up paddleboard launch docks. Life jackets and paddles are included in the pricing of all rentals, and everyone participating must be a strong swimmer. 

Learn how to sail:

Awaken the active sailing spirit in you through our highly accredited American Sailing Association (ASA) programs. Our unique class structure is designed to offer the inspiration and information to form the foundation for a lifetime of sailing adventures.

We also offer Liveaboard Instructional Packages. These award-winning semi-private courses enable you to combine multiple ASA certifications while living aboard a Catalina Yacht, eliminating the need for hotel expenditures. During your Liveaboard Instructional Vacation, you’re able to transition from a total novice to a recognized “Bareboat Charterer”, capable of multiple day charters anywhere in the world with you as the captain! One of the unique aspects of this program is that there is a 2-student maximum at each certification level. This translates into a ton of helm time and attention from your instructor.

Hours of Operation

Monday 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm
Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Santa Barbara Harbor
Directly to the right of the boat launch ramp
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

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Special Events


Music on the Water with Gavin Roy
May 24, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local DJ, Gavin Roy, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa Barbara…


Music on the Water with Konrad Kono
May 31, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician, Konrad Kono, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…


Music on the Water with Gavin Roy
June 7, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local DJ, Gavin Roy, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa Barbara…


Music on the Water with David Segall
June 14, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician, David Segall, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…



Music on the Water with Vienna
June 28, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician Vienna perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…


4th of July Fireworks Cruise
July 4, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Avoid the crowds and enjoy a unique experience watching the fireworks on the water!  Take to the Pacific Ocean aboard the Double…


Private 4th of July Firework Cruise
July 4, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Take to the Pacific Ocean aboard one of our yachts for a 4th of July fireworks show from the best seat in Santa Barbara. You pick the…


Music on the Water with Chris Fossek
July 5, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician, Chris Fossek, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…



Music on the Water with Ross Harper
July 19, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician Ross Harper perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…


Music on the Water with Ben Betts
July 26, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician Ben Betts perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…


Music on the Water with Chris Fossek
Aug. 2, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician, Chris Fossek, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…


Music on the Water with David Segall
Aug. 16, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician, David Segall, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…


Music on the Water with Ross Harper
Aug. 23, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician, Ross Harper, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…


Music on the Water with Konrad Kono
Aug. 30, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician, Konrad Kono, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…



Music on the Water with John Lyle
Sept. 13, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician, John Lyle, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…


Music on the Water with Michael Witt
Sept. 20, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician Michael Witt perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the…


Music on the Water with Konrad Kono
Sept. 27, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician, Konrad Kono, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…


Music on the Water with Ben Betts
Oct. 4, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician Ben Betts perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…



Music on the Water with John Lyle
Oct. 18, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician, John Lyle, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…


Music on the Water with David Segall
Oct. 25, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

See Santa Barbara’s local musician, David Segall, perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa…


Parade of Lights Cruise
Dec. 8, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Enjoy the parade and fireworks finale from the best viewing location on the water, the Double Dolphin! This festive event marks the 38th…


Private Parade of Lights Cruise
Dec. 8, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Enjoy the parade and fireworks finale from the best viewing location on the water, aboard one of Santa Barbara Sailing Center's yachts!…


New Year’s Eve Champagne Cruise
Dec. 31, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Cast off into 2025 along the California coastline. With bottomless champagne and Riviera views, the long-awaited New Year’s Eve…


Private New Year’s Eve Cruise
Dec. 31, 2024
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Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Cast off into 2025 along the California coastline. With Riviera views, the long-awaited New Year’s Eve sail will ensure you start…


Sunset Cruises on the Double Dolphin
Feb. 23, 2024 - Sept. 27, 2031
Location: Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Welcome aboard and set sail for a two hour sunset cruise aboard the Double Dolphin.  While sailing along the coast with the backdrop…