Adult Sailing Classes
Adult Sailing Classes (Ages 18 and older) are Available Year-Round.
To obtain more information on dates and pricing, please complete the form and submit when finished. Someone from Learn to Sail will be in touch within 24 hours
General Class Information:
You will Receive Lessons with a Certified Instructor.
Class Essentials: Students should wear water shoes, bring a hat, towel, sun screen, and bottled water.
General Description: This is a a four, 3-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.
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 its 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 the 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 vessels 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.