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Summer Guide: On the Water Front

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3rd Coast Cruising Located in DuSable Harbor, 3rd Coast offers classes in sailing and navigation on a fleet of 30-plus-foot cruisers. Season passes available.   Lower Randolph and Lake Shore Dr., 708-482-4300,

Windy City Sailing Options for private sailboat charters include cruises during the fireworks, Jazz Fest, Blues Fest, and Taste of Chicago. Charters seat up to six people, and bed-and-breakfast options are available.   Belmont Harbor, 3400 N. Recreation Dr., 773-868-0096,

Chicago Radio Controlled Sailing Club This sailing club uses 39-inch boats—raced by remote control. Members meet in Humboldt Park Mondays at 5:30 PM during the summer, and sometimes elsewhere on other days. There's a "club boat" available to use if you don't have your own.   773-988-5436,

Surfing and Jet Skiing

Chicago Kitesurfing Organized by enthusiasts, this group offers introductory and advanced lessons in kitesurfing, where surfers use kites and the wind to pull them through the water.

Third Coast Surf Shop This surf emporium, about 90 minutes from Chicago, offers lessons.   22 S. Smith, New Buffalo, Michigan, 269-932-4575,

Windy City Watersports Jet-ski rentals and tours to destinations like Adler Planetarium, Oak Street Beach, and Willis Tower.   Montrose Beach, 312-278-3316,

Diving and Swimming

Chicago Blue Dolphins Lessons, clinics, and a swim team, open to swimmers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.   2220 N. Elston, with swim team practice locations at Moody Bible Institute and UIC, 773-342-7250,

Chicago Scuba School Scuba and diving classes that extend up to the level of divemaster, a professional designation. The school also sells equipment.   6201 W. Touhy, 312-771-8647,

Dive Chicago Scuba courses, dive charters, repairs, and rentals. There's also a rent-to-buy equipment program.   1559 S. Lake Shore Dr. at Burnham Harbor, 312-922-5090,

Elmer's Watersports This Evanston institution offers scuba and snorkel classes, gear, and travel adventures to locales ranging from Lake Superior to the Netherlands Antilles.   1310 Oakton, Evanston, 847-475-7946,

Northwestern University As part of its adult swim program, the college offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes for ages 13 and up. Sunday session classes start 6/13, Wednesday classes 6/23.   Norris Aquatics Center, 2311 Campus Dr., Evanston, 847-491-4300,

YMCA Aquatics Programs offered at various city Ys include swim lessons for kids and adults, water exercise classes, and competitive swim teams.   See for details and locations.

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