ADULT SAILING CLASSES
Private lessons with a certified instructor are available
Share the experience with up to two additional students. Students are required to purchase and read "Start Sailing Right!" prior to class. Cost: $15
Classes are from 9:00AM to 1:00PM and are scheduled based on customer date preference and instructor availability. We will do our utmost to meet your schedule needs.
Students should wear water shoes, bring a hat, hand towel and bottled water.
General Description: A 4-hour sailing course to introduce the basics of sailing a boat up to about 20 feet in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions on Charlotte Harbor and/or the beginning course of several more advanced courses available in 4-hour units.
Each 4-hour private lesson is $200 and is designed for one instructor and two students. All students must be able to swim with a life jacket and be sufficiently agile to move from one side of the boat to the other under sail. The instructor is always captain and is the sole authority on sailing conditions and weather and may cut a lesson short for any number of safety concerns.
You will have an opportunity to learn:
I. Sailing Knowledge
a. Identify essential parts of a sailboat and their functions.
b. Rig and unrig a 15-foot sloop
c. Define points of sail and nautical terms used on a sailboat.
d. Review Inland Navigation Rules for prevention of collision at sea in various situations and identify the boats that are the “stand- on” and “give-way” boats.
e. Learn what to do when sailing near commercial boats and how to maintain look-out.
II. Sailing Skills
a. Understand and use a personal flotation device and clothing for various conditions.
b. Hoist the sails, set luff tensions, coil and hang halyards and other lines.
c. Learn how to take the helm and crew on a sailboat.
d. Use proper commands and responses while sailing various wind directions.
e. Sail a windward/leeward course with tacks and jibes, steer by the lee without jibing.
f. Lower, fold and stow sails properly.
g. Review actions to be taken when a person falls overboard and recovery.
h. Anchor a sailboat to ensure limited movement.
i. Review 6 basic knots and why we use them.