Every year, Courageous serves over 1,000 kids from Boston, hosts events and regattas, and provides instruction and waterfront access to hundreds of individuals, families, and corporations.
Spend the best summer of your life teaching sailing, science, and life skills at Courageous!
Get a taste of sailing or enjoy a leisurely cruise around the harbor - the choice is yours!
Need to brush up on specific skills to pass a flag rating? Or maybe you need specific times outside our normal course schedule.
If you're just in town for a couple of days or thinking about becoming a member, a one day rental might be your best option.
Learn to sail in just two weekends, no previous experience required.
Become a member and sail our fleet from the Mystic River to Hull and everywhere in between.
Blind match racing is a growing part of sailing with fully visually impaired sailors competing.
Courageous helps provide access to the waterfront for Charlestown residents with special needs children.
Special Olympics of Massachusetts trains in our fleet of Rhodes 19's.
Over four successive Mondays in June, racers will set sail from Pier 4, enjoying fast-paced, college-style, short-course keelboat racing to support our youth programs.
Small to large team building exercises, daytime or evening events, 1,000 person capacity tent.
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.
Scheduling courses in 2021 and possible changes for Covid-19
Keeping participants and instructors safe at all times while on and off the water is always a top priority for Courageous. We adhere to state and federal guidelines, as well as guidance issued on outdoor recreation and amateur sports. As you know, these policies on social distancing, mask wearing, and group sizes are ever-shifting. Because of this, we are remaining flexible with our course structure for 2021. Below are a few formats that will be in consideration as we count down the days until opening day on May 1!
As we get closer to May, we will reach out to students who have purchased courses with details about course structure, along with options for dates and times. Courses will be available on the weekends and weekdays; registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
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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
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.
This year, our team thoughtfully constructed a program that would recreate in the virtual world the community that makes being on the pier so special. Our top priority was to support our kids emotionally and help them address the feelings of isolation, anxiety, and stress that many were experiencing. Our strategy:
“I think every year with kids at Courageous you see relationships form. I think whether online or in person, I still had those relationships form with students and coworkers… One thing Courageous does well is unity. I have always found myself making new friends, connecting with old ones, and becoming friends with my instructor. Courageous to me is one big family and I think everyone is always there to support you.”—Jean, Swim Sail Science instructor and former Courageous kid
After our kids’ tough spring of remote learning in school, we knew that it would be critical to make the online Courageous Sailing experience hands-on and interesting, especially because many of our students—especially those already disproportionately affected by the upheaval of the pandemic—had lost so much ground academically. We needed to make learning fun! Our strategy:
“I was SO impressed at the job your team did. On the first day I walked by my Step 5 (somewhat sullen, quarantined) teenager hearing him laughing and happily engaging with his group. Then hearing what they were doing everyday was so amazing. Highlights I heard about (or watched): the sailing regatta app (so cool!); The underwater view of the sea under the dock; the interview with the Commander of the Constitution (that was really amazing)! I commented to my husband that the Courageous Team should be coaching the schools on how to run Zoom meetings.”—Kristin, Courageous parent
Youth are living in a world that can feel frightening, hostile, and unjust—a place where it’s difficult to feel safe, set worry aside, and just be a kid. Whether on Zoom or on the water, Courageous made sure that our students had plenty of opportunities for fun.Our strategy:
“I could have fun at home as much as outside.”—Ryhan, Courageous student“My favorite memory from Courageous is hanging out with instructors and friends and having fun with them!”—Zhencong, Courageous student