Private Adult Sailing Instruction (One Four Hour Lesson for One or Two Adults)
Mandatory Adult Registration Form
ADULT SAILING CLASSES
Rate $225.00 plus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee
Private lessons with a qualified instructor.
Classes are from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 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, towel, sunscreen, 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 $225 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 the 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 un-rig 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 a 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 in 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.
Already have a sailboat?
We can send an experienced Captain to your boat so that you and your family can learn, on your own boat. Boat handling, docking, raising sails, using a VHF radio, plotting a course, anchoring. This is your boat and you are responsible for it. We refer to this as "hand-holding" and is a very popular option for boaters who are new to the area. Overnight trips might be arranged. $250 is for 4 hours and all other fees will be addressed at the time of booking.