US Sailing's Basic Keelboat Certification Course

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 overview, boat orientation, classroom instruction


  • 8:00am-5:00pm: Sailing instruction


  • 8:00am-4:00pm: Sailing instruction + test review
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm: 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).

2022 Registration Now Open!

April 22-24 April 29-May 1 

May 6-8  May 27-29

June 10-12  June 24-26

Let us know if this is a gift and we'll send you a gift certificate! Email info@sailnauticus.org

Cancellation Policy


Weather Policy

  • If you would like to cancel or reschedule your Learn to Sail registration, we require at least 14 days notice. We do not offer refunds within 14 days, unless we are able to fill your spot.
  • We have a 15-minute grace period if you are running late, after which we cannot guarantee continuation of service and your reservation will be forfeit.
  • We sail in the rain
  • We do not sail in thunder and lightning
  • We do not sail in high winds