Learn to Sail Course Outline

This course is offered in three different formats: Weekend, Vacation Week, and 4-Week, but the outline is the same across all formats. There are four Online Classroom Sessions and four Sailing Sessions. All formats alternate Online Classroom Sessions and Sailing Sessions. 

Times for each format are below. Refer to your confirmation email for your start date and, if applicable, a sailing session assignment. 

Weekend Format Description

Held over two consecutive Friday/Saturday/Sundays. ​

Online Classroom Sessions are on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00-8:00PM. Sailing Sessions are on two consecutive Saturday and Sundays. Morning 9:00AM-12:30PM or afternoon 1:30-5:00PM Sailing Sessions are chosen at checkout. A new course starts every other Friday, with the exception of some holiday weekends.

Vacation Week Format Description

Learn to sail in one week! Monday morning through Thursday afternoon. Format contains in-person classroom sessions.

Offered Monday through Thursday. In person classroom sessions are Monday through Thursday from 9:30-11:30am, followed by afternoon sailing sessions from 12:30-4pm.

4-Week Format Description

This format meets twice a week for four weeks, alternating evening Online Classroom Sessions and late afternoon Sailing Sessions.

Online Classroom Sessions meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM. Sailing Sessions are either Thursdays from 4:30-8:00pm or Fridays from 3:00-6:30pm. Choose Thursday or Friday sailing sessions upon checkout.

Note: Due to earlier sunset, sessions will take place on Fridays ONLY later in the season.

Online Classroom Session 1

  • Parts of the Boat & Sailing Vocabulary 
  • Determining Wind Direction 
  • Points of Sail 
  • Introduction to Sail Trim 
  • Tacking and Jibing 
  • What to expect in your first water session 
  • Figure 8 and Bowline knots 

On-the-Water Session 1

  • Review parts of the boat 
  • Rigging the boat 
  • Determining wind direction 
  • Steering, heading up and bearing off 
  • Tacking 
  • Jibing 

Online Classroom Session 2

  • Controlling your boat’s speed 
  • Leaving the Mooring 
  • Returning to the Mooring 
  • Crew Overboard Recovery  
  • Rules of the Road 
  • Cleat Hitch and Reef Knot 

On-the-Water Session 2

  • Review Rigging 
  • Practice Leaving the Mooring 
  • Review Points of Sail, Tacking and Jibing 
  • Controlling Speed 
  • Practice Mooring Landings  
  • Crew Overboard Recovery Drills 

Online Classroom Session 3

  • Using Telltales 
  • Balancing your Boat 
  • Sail Shape for Higher Winds 
  • Reefing 
  • Required Equipment 
  • Emergencies on Board 
  • Round Turn and two Half Hitches 

On-the-Water Session 3

  • Review sail shape controls 
  • Steering using Sail Trim 
  • Using Tell Tales to sail Close-Hauled 
  • Flattening sails for higher winds 
  • Practice Reefing 
  • Practice Mooring Landings 
  • Close Quarters Maneuvering 

Online Classroom Session 4

  • Reading a Chart 
  • Aids to Navigation 
  • Compass 
  • Plotting a Course 
  • Lines of Position 
  • Coordinates 
  • Tide and Current 
  • Speed/Distance/Time 

On-the-Water Session 4

  • Sail to the Outer Harbor
  • Practice Basic Navigation 

Learn to Sail Course Outline