Learn to Sail

The most thorough and effective adult based 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 (see student information sheet for details)

We’ve refined our Learn to Sail course over 45 years, so it combines our own proven lesson plans with the best elements of standardized national curriculums, without ever forgetting that we all sail for fun. 

In our classroom sessions, we will cover the fundamentals of sailing – from sail trim to basic navigation – so you will be prepared when you head out for each corresponding onboard lesson. On the water, we pair each instructor with a small group of students. You’ll get lots of one-on-one guidance developing steering, sail handling, and crewing skills.

The Learn to Sail course is taught on Sonars 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.

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

All Learn to Sail graduates can activate a FREE 30-day Student Membership on the Solings and Sonars. 

Includes an orientation to the Soling. 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. See Student Information Sheet for details. 

ASA 101 Certification awarded upon successful course completion, written ASA 101 test, and a $39 ASA registration fee. Written test must be completed within one year of course completion.

Course Fee:

$995

Prerequisites:

None!

Prepares you for:

Taught On:

Included Text Book:

ASA’s Sailing Made Easy

ASA Certification:

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat

Formats

The Learn to Sail Course is offered in 3 different formats: 4 Week, Vacation Week, and Weekend. All formats consist of four two hour online classroom sessions and four three and a half hour the water sessions for a total of 22 hours of instruction – 8 hours of classroom time and 14 hours on the water.

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.

Learn to sail in one week! Monday evening through Friday afternoon.

Online Classroom Sessions are in the evenings Monday through Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM. Sailing Sessions are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00am-12:30pm.

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

Online Classroom Sessions meet on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM. Sailing Sessions are either Thursdays or Fridays. Sailing session start times are chosen and checkout and range between 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM, and sailing goes until sunset. 

Note re: July 5, 2022 course: Due to the 4th of July being on a Monday, this session starts with a Tuesday Online Classroom session on July 5, 2022, and the following three Online Classroom Sessions will be on Mondays.

Before purchasing a course, please review the Student Information Sheet and Cancellation + Rescheduling Policies.

Weekend

Two consecutive weekends
$ 995
  • See Format descriptions above
Dates TBD

Vacation Week

Monday to Friday
$ 995
  • See Format descriptions above
Dates TBD

4-Week

Twice a week for four weeks
$ 995
  • See Format descriptions above
Dates TBD

Open

Choose your start date later
$ 995
  • Choose the "Open" format if you would like to register now but choose the format and start date at a later time.
  • This is the perfect option if you are purchasing this course for someone else, or you just don't know your schedule yet.

Group Enrollment

Signing up with more than one person? We have a discount for that! Groups of two or more who sign up together for the same course qualify for discounts of 10% off the course fee after one student has purchased the course at full price (in other words, it’s full price for the first person and 10% off for each additional person).

To qualify for the group enrollment discount, purchases must be made over the phone. Contact the office at 617-227-4198 to register your group. 

Course Documents

ASA Veteran's Program

At ASA and Boston Sailing Center, we recognize the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served or are serving in our country’s armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Course. Trade in your ship for ours and join us on the water with the wind in your sails. 

Boston Sailing Center offers 10% off the Full Price of our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Learn to Sail Course to active miliary and veterans. To receive your 10% off coupon, complete ASA’s form and once received, contact the Boston Sailing Center at 617-227-4198 to enroll with your course date (do not sign up through BSC’s website). 

Questions?

Our team is here to help! Please reach out by phone or email and an office manager will be happy to assist you.