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.

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!

  • One-to-One Instruction: LTS Part  2 courses would be held over the course of 2 lessons, 3 hours each, or 6 hours total.  The one-on-one environment makes for an individualized, streamlined approach to our curriculum, allowing you to cover all the course material in a shorter time than our typical multi-student format.
  • Two-to-One Instruction: LTS Part 2 courses would be held over the course of 2 lessons, 4 hours each, or 8 hours total. The ratio of 2 students to 1 instructor allows for individualized attention, space for social distancing, and the opportunity for students to learn from each other.
  • Three-to-One Instruction: In our traditional format, three students and one instructor sail together, allowing for plenty of personalized attention and teamwork. LTS 2 would be held over the course of 2 lessons, 6 hours each, or 12 hours total. 

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.

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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