Boston Sailing Center FREE

sailboats on Boston Harbor

Learn to Sail $875

This is the most thorough and effective beginner's course in New England. Whether you're a complete beginner or a sometime sailor, we guarantee this course will teach you to sail safely and confidently, or we'll continue your lessons at no extra charge.

We've refined our Learn to Sail course over 30 years, so it combines our own proven textbook and lesson plans with the best elements of standardized national curriculums, such as the American Sailing Association - without ever forgetting that we all sail for fun.

In our classroom sessions you'll find informal chalk talks, question-and-answer, and carefully integrated video to help you understand the fundamentals of sailing - from knot tying to sail trim to navigation.

On the water, we pair each instructor with a maximum of three students. So you'll get lots of one-on-one guidance developing steering, sail handling, and crewing skills.

The result? You'll graduate fully prepared to sail here in Boston or your favorite harbor anywhere.

The Learn to Sail course is taught on Solings and covers all the basics, including:

  • Parts of the Boat and Rigging
  • Points of Sail
  • Tacking and Jibing
  • Landing at a Mooring
  • Balance and Sail Shape Control
  • Rules of the Road
  • Man Overboard Drills
  • Chart Reading and Navigation
  • Introduction to Spinnaker Handling

FREE 35-Day Student Membership
All Learn to Sail graduates can activate a FREE 35-day Student Membership upon completion of their course. Use your Student Membership to practice your sailing skills, take your friends sailing, and enjoy some of the benefits of membership here at the Boston Sailing Center. Some restrictions apply; refundable security deposit required.

In addition, this course qualifies you for a Daysailing Membership at the Boston Sailing Center as well as Basic Keelboat Certification from the American Sailing Association.

American Sailing Association  American Sailing Association

Frequently Asked Course Questions

The Learn to Sail Course is offered in 3 different formats - 5 Week, Vacation Week, or Weekend. All formats include 26 hours of instruction - 10 hours of classroom time and 16 hours on the water.  To register for this course now but choose your format and start date later, choose the "Open" format.

5 Week
Classes meet 7-9pm one night per week for 5 weeks. A water session is scheduled each week with your instructor, usually on a weekday evening or weekend morning.
Held over two consecutive weekends - Saturday/Sunday, Saturday/ Sunday, 10am to 5pm. A new course starts every other Saturday.
Vacation Week
Offered each week, Monday through Friday. Classes meet 10am-12:30pm, followed by sailing from 1-4. Friday's class features an all-day cruise to the Harbor islands. Boats dock for a picnic lunch, island exploration and breathtaking views of Boston from the outer Harbor... a great ending to a great week!
Choose the "Open" format if you would like to register now but choose the format and start date at a later time.