Part One of our Learn to Sail course covers the fundamentals of sailing. We’ll teach you how to rig and unrig the boat, leave and return to the dock safely with a bit of guidance, and adjust your sails and rudder to make the boat go where you want it to go. This is the first half of the complete course, and perfect if you just want to try out sailing without committing to the full 24-hour Learn to Sail course, you prefer a more relaxed pace, or your schedule can’t accommodate two consecutive weekends.
In twelve hours, you’ll learn enough to get you off to a good start, and you’ll probably find that you can sail with confidence with just a little bit of help from an instructor.
Learn to Sail Part One runs on the following schedules:
- A single weekend Saturday & Sunday, from 10-4:30 each day, with a half-hour lunch break
- In 3-hour intervals over 4 weekday evenings (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) – Subject to enrollment minimums
Practical skills covered in the course
- 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 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
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 (this course) and part 2 Here
US Sailing Curriculum