OCSC Sailing School

Learn-to-Crew Course

Description/Overview | Topics Covered | What's Included | Course Schedule

OCSC Learn-to-Crew course

OCSC's "Learn-to-Crew" course

The greatest pleasure in sailing comes from the ability to participate. Fundamental skills are all you need to move from being a passenger to being welcomed aboard as a competent member of the crew. With the techniques you learn in this course you will instantly be helpful to any skipper -- whether day sailing on San Francisco Bay or bareboat chartering in a tropical paradise. It is more fun to be confident on the water!

Successful completion prepares you to:

  • Be completely involved when invited sailing and feel like a part of the crew and a real asset while aboard a sailboat.
  • Crew for any skipper on boats of various sizes.
  • Completely understand how people sail and learn how to truly enjoy the sport.

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Class Information


  • Member: $ 468.75
  • Retail: $ 625.00

# of students:

  • 5 maximum



  • Two Days
    Saturday and Sunday
    9 am - 4 pm

Seminars Included:



Good to know:

  • If you are looking for a more thorough and intensive option, you may consider our Basic Keelboat package.
  • Both days of your course will primarily be spent on the boat. After a short classroom discussion, we'll head down to the docks.

This course prepares you to take the following courses: Our Crew Course is not required prior to Basic Keelboat, but that would be the next step for folks who want to learn more.

Topics Covered

Here are some of the topics covered in our Crew Course:

  • How to have fun sailing!
  • Handling dock lines
  • How to be a helpful crewmate
  • Finding wind direction
  • How to be safe onboard
  • Rigging and de-rigging
  • Crew responsibilities
  • Heeling and stability
  • Tacking & Gybing as crew
  • Crew overboard briefing
  • Sailing terminology
  • Basic knot tying
  • Hoisting & Dousing the Main Sail
  • Rules of the Road
  • Unfurling & Furling the Jib
  • Buoys & Aids to Navigation
  • Trimming sails properly
  • Basic Chart Reading
  • Proper line-handling
  • Steering to a landmark
  • Proper use of a self-tailing winch
  • Docking & Departing procedures
  • Personal comfort and safety techniques

What's Included

Crew Course

Your Crew Course includes the following:

Textbook, Binder, OCSC Manual Included

Included with the class are a US Sailing Basic Keelboat textbook, Our Basic Keelboat Manual, and binder to keep all your materials together. These materials will be great prep for your course but will also serve as great reference tools for years to come.

Additional Training in Seamanship and Navigation Seminars

Your crew course also includes two Seminars: Navigation I and Seamanship I. Each study hall is given alternately on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Each study hall is three hours, and covers aspects of sailing vital safe boating. Subjects covered include topics such as reading a nautical chart, right-of-way rules, and more

Use of Spray Gear & Flotation Device

OCSC is the only school in the Bay Area providing you with waterproof gear to make sure you stay dry and comfortable while learning without having to add a few hundred dollars in gear to the expense of learning to sail. In any course you take here, we loan you waterproof pants and jacket along with a comfortable, Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.



August 2017

Crew Course

  1. Sat, 5th 9:00am Day 1
  2. Sun, 6th 9:00am Day 2

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