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What to Expect in a Basic Sailing Course

A Basic Sailing Class can vary in many ways and you may find yourself asking questions like: How long do classes run? Can sailing be mastered by taking an online course? What size sailboat should I start on?

At Harbor Sailboats, we offer answers to all of these questions and advocate for our Basic Sailing Class to help prospective sailors test the water and take that first step towards their sailing goals. Harbor Sailboats prides itself in providing a solid foundation and tangible starting point for future sailors like you. Our knowledgeable and professional instructors will teach you everything you need to know about the basics of sailing in a safe and fun environment. Our Basic Sailing Class, otherwise referred to as ASA 101 Basic Keelboat, is offered at Harbor Sailboats every Saturday and Sunday. In just 2 days, you will be left feeling confident in your abilities and ready to skipper up to a 22-foot sailboat on your own.

Upon registering for your Basic Sailing Class, you will receive a certification package which includes a log book to record your sailing hours, a textbook and study guide to help you navigate through the subject matter, and all certification fees associated with joining the American Sailing Association (ASA). We subscribe to ASA curriculum because it is internationally recognized and, in our experience, has proven an effective teaching tool for over 50 years! The curriculum focuses on basic on-the-water safety, rules of the road, boat part identification/terminology, sail trim, points of sail, docking, crew overboard recovery and much more. In order to get the most out of ASA 101 Basic Keelboat, we recommend you do a little studying before arriving at your weekend course.

On day one of your Basic Sailing Class, you and your classmates will be greeted by your friendly instructor who will begin by getting you familiar with common boat terminology such as Starboard versus Port, a Tack versus a Gybe, and rigging and sail trim to name a few. After that short chalk talk, it will be time to hit the water! ASA 101 Basic Keelboat is over 80% on-the-water and less than 20% in the classroom; our Basic Sailing Course is designed to maximize your learning in a hands-on fashion. Each class will have a maximum of 4 students per one instructor which benefits students and instructors alike, creating the most interactive learning environment possible. Students will alternate crewing positions throughout the weekend under the watchful eye of the professional sailing instructor. You will wrap up day one with a review of Basic Sailing terminology, knots, and rules of the road. This review will prove very useful for Day two that will begin with your sailing instructor proctoring the 100 question multiple choice certification exam. After all students have completed the exam and it has been graded, it is back to the water for another full day of sailing! By 5pm of day two of your class, you will be competent, confident, and certified to take out up to 25-foot sailboats on your own.

So yes, Basic Sailing Classes can vary in many different ways but at Harbor Sailboats, we believe one comprehensive and interactive weekend on the water can jumpstart and/or feed a lifelong passion for sailing! Working through ASA 101 Basic Keelboat with a professional instructor is the best starting point for any new sailor looking to test the waters and we would love the opportunity to help you get started.

Visit our classes page to learn more about availability and pricing.

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