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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!

  • How to have fun sailing!

  • Handling dock lines

  • How to be a helpful crewmate

  • Finding wind direction

  • How to be safe onboard

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  • 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

  • 2
    Two Days

    Saturday and Sunday 9am–4 pm

  • 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.

Study Halls Included

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.