Learn to Sail Part 2


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This course picks up where Learn to Sail Part 1 leaves off. It is the next step for those who already know some of the basics or for Part 1 graduates who are ready for more. In Part 2, we review the basics like tacking and gybing and continue with the rest of the Learn to Sail curriculum, including docking under sail, crew overboard recovery techniques, and refining your boat handling skills.

By the end of the twelve hours, you will arrive at the same place as those who take the 24-hour Learn to Sail Complete (Parts 1 and 2), eligible for a Courageous skipper rating (which means you can sail without an instructor!) and US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification. Please refer to the Learn to Sail Complete course description for more information.


Our LTS part 2 course will now be a total of 6 hours, 2 one on one private lessons for 3 hours each. Our full LTS part 1+2 course will total 12 hours of instructions. The one on one environment makes for a unique and streamlined approach to our curriculum allowing us to cover more in a smaller amount of time.


Learn to Sail Two runs on the following schedules:

  • Over one-weekend on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10-4:30 each day, with a half-hour lunch break

Practical skills covered in the course

This is a continuation of many of the skills covered in Learn to Sail Part 1 plus new ones like Crew Overboard Recovery.

  • How to use weather forecasts to evaluate sailing conditions
  • How to board a sailboat, do an equipment safety check, and prepare to sail
  • How to rig, derig, and secure the boat to the dock
  • How to safely leave and return to the dock
  • How to maneuver the boat: starting, stopping, controlling speed, steering, tacking, jibing, getting out of irons, etc.
  • How to handle control lines and trim sails
  • How to depower sails if the wind picks up
  • How to recover a crew overboard
  • How to tie the knots you’ll need
  • How to read a nautical chart of Boston Harbor (intro level)
  • How to apply the right of way rules
  • How to recognize and navigate around aids to navigation


  • Sailing terminology
  • Basic sailing theory
  • Points of sail
  • Right of way rules

Recommended Next Steps


Get your US Sailing Certification

Our curriculum is aligned with the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Curriculum. You can see the entire US Sailing Keelboat Curriculum which includes part 1 and part 2 (this course) Here
US Sailing Curriculum

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note that in an effort to keep our courses and memberships as affordable as possible, we must limit changes in schedule and membership. Because staff and instructors are hired and scheduled in advance, Courageous memberships, lessons, and/or other program fees are not refundable for any reason, including cancellation due to weather, or the participant’s inability to utilize the membership, lesson, or program. That said, we do understand that sometimes life gets in the way of sailing plans and, if necessary, we will work with you to reschedule for a later date. We cannot reschedule lessons within two weeks of their start date unless we are able to fill the spot with another student. All rescheduled lessons purchased before September 1 must be completed before the end of the season for which they were purchased; if purchased between September 1 and October 31, rescheduled lessons must be completed before June 30 of the following year.

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