Earn a U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification–the industry’s best–taught by our certified instructors. We keep our class sizes small (no more than 8) and maximize your time on the water with your instructor so you are guaranteed to walk away with a solid understanding of sailing upon completion of our course.



  • 6:00pm-9:00pm: Safety, boat orientation, classroom instruction


  • 8:00am-5:00pm: Class & sailing
  • Lunch will be a half hour break on your own around 12pm


  • 8:00am-5:00pm: Sailing & test review (including a half hour break for lunch)
  • 4:00pm: Written exam

What You Learn

The Learn to Sail Certification course takes you through the intermediate level, covering more than you thought possible. Depending on weather conditions and the learning pace of all in your class (maximum four per boat per instructor), the following knowledge and skills are learned and practiced.

  • Nautical terminology
  • Rigging and sails
  • Getting underway
  • Proper winch techniques
  • Finding wind direction
  • Points of sailing
  • Tacking and jibing
  • Interaction of wind and sail
  • Maneuvering in close quarters
  • Wind pressure and lift
  • Heeling and stability
  • Apparent wind
  • Wind shifts
  • Sailing wing and wing
  • Stopping and starting under sail
  • Spinnaker techniques
  • Crew overboard pick-up
  • Sailing backwards
  • Rudderless sailing
  • Sail trim and sail shape
  • Boat balance
  • Hull Speed
  • Mooring and anchoring
  • Docking under sail
  • Most used knots
  • Right-of-way rules
  • Grounding remedies
  • Heavy weather techniques
  • Steering with a compass
  • Sailing in current
  • Weather and lee helm
  • Introduction to navigation
  • Reefing (shortening) sails

Cost & Registration

The cost per student is $475.

Price includes the cost of classroom materials, as well as a 1-year membership to US Sailing (National Governing Body for the sport of sailing). View our cancellation policy here.

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