Basic Keelboat 101

Learn to sail in just a weekend in San Diego! The Basic Keelboat graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a 22’ keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions without supervision.

Class Overview

In preparation for class, students are asked to complete reading and homework assignments from the Sailing Made Easy textbook. Basic Keelboat 101 is a 2- day on-the-water class from 9am to 5pm each day. Upon arriving the ASA certified instructor will review homework and make sure that all students are on the same page.  Four students and one instructor will spend 85% of all class time on a Capri 22 (22’ keelboat) on-the-water following a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of sailing.

The previously mentioned homework is great preparation for the written exam which will occur the morning of day two. All practical exams will occur day two. Class breaks for lunch 1 hour each day. The marina on-site deli offers great sandwiches and burgers to satisfy your appetite before an afternoon of taking the helm, trimming sails and docking.

Upon successful completion, students will be certified to skipper a Capri 22 or up to 25′.

Class Covers

Nautical terminology, docking, rules of the road, sail trim and shape, headsail changes, reefing, crew teamwork and responsibilities, docking under sail, safety procedures, points of sail, tacking/jibing, knots and man overboard.

Class Textbook

Sailing Made Easy 


Prerequisites: None

  • New Member Fee: INCLUDED with Membership
  • Family Add-on Fee: INCLUDED with Membership
  • Certification Package: $84 (Textbook, Log book, ASA Membership & Certification)

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