Learn to Sail Part 1


  • 2-day, 12-hour course
  • Introduction to sailing
  • Rigging, knots, basic boat handling
  • Follow up with Part 2 for the full curriculum
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Part 1 of our Learn to Sail course covers the fundamentals of sailing. This is the first half of the complete course, and perfect if you want to try sailing without committing to the full 24-hour Learn to Sail course.

Skills and Concepts Covered

  • How to rig, de-rig, and secure the boat to the dock
  • How to safely leave and return to the dock
  • How to maneuver the boat: starting, stopping, steering, tacking, gybing
  • How to tie the knots you’ll need

Course Structure

3-to-1 Instruction: In our traditional format, 3 students and 1 instructor sail together, allowing for plenty of personalized attention and teamwork. LTS Part 1 is held over 12 hours, consisting of 2 six-hour, back-to-back weekend days. Our weekday variation instead consists of 2 four-hour weekday afternoons, with 2 students and 1 instructor.

Recommended Next Steps

Get your US Sailing Certification

Our Learn to Sail curriculum aligns with the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Curriculum. Following our Learn to Sail course series of both Parts 1 (this course) and 2, you’ll be well prepared for the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification test, which we offer the ability to take for an additional fee. The US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification is widely recognized by sailing centers.

We cannot reschedule lessons within two weeks of their start date unless we are able to fill the spot with another student. For more information on our refund policy, click here.