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Two hours on beautiful San Francisco Bay will help you to determine if you want to make sailing a bigger part of your life. You will join one of OCSC’s instructors and be part of a six-person crew aboard one of our larger boats. Learn some basic sailing concepts and get a real feel for the wind in your sails. Come join us for on the water and take a tour of our fleet and facilities. We’ll answer all your questions about lessons and membership.

Our boats typically fill up quickly, so if you're thinking about getting into the sport, reserve a spot on one of the boats and make a sound decision!

If you already know enough about the sport and are ready to jump in, you can easily bypass this introduction and go straight to Basic Keelboat or Learn-to-Crew.

  • How to have fun sailing!

  • How to stay safe

  • Heeling and stability

  • Finding wind direction

  • Steering to a landmark

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    Either a Saturday or Sunday


  • OCSC SAILING Certified Captains

    The men and women of OCSC’s instructional staff are among the best qualified and most prepared teachers in the industry. All of our instructors are licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and certified by U.S. Sailing. They've each been carefully screened for outstanding seamanship and communication skills, and are patient, caring guides who share your enthusiasm and excitement about sailing.

  • Motion Comfort Remedies

    If you are uncertain about your tendency toward motion sickness, before you go sailing, OCSC can provide you with ginger capsules precisely measured and designed to have no taste or side effects. Ginger has proven to be very effective in treating the symptoms of motion sickness. There are additional options for you, including products like Dramamine, if you are acutely sensitive to motion.

  • Free Use of our Spray Gear

    OCSC is the only school in the Bay Area that provides 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. We loan you waterproof pants and jacket along with a comfortable, Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device in every course you take with us.

This Course Prepares You For

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    Basic Keelboat

    Our Basic Keelboat certification package is a comprehensive lifetime preparation course that is a place for participants to learn how to sail.

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    Basic Cruising

    This course is designed specifically to prepare you to skipper a sailboat in the challenging conditions peculiar to San Francisco Bay.