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The First Sail Experience
Interested in learning how to sail? Take the First Sail Experience to see firsthand why sailing is one of the most exhilarating activities on Earth! This unique on-the-water opportunity is designed to provide a memorable experience that will motivate newcomers to continue sailing. First Sail Experience participants will also have access to online training designed to prepare beginners for their first time sailing. The two-hour lesson is offered to anyone for only $95. Sign up for your First Sail Experience today at Firstsail.org!
You will learn the fundamental principles of safe, confident daysailing on a keelboat ranging from 18 to 27 feet in length in light to moderate winds. Learn the basics while enjoying a beautiful day on the water. Students will see their confidence rise from day one to that of a competent sailor by the end of the course. Class Schedule
Challenge the course - A certification candidate may, with previous experience and competency, challenge the required prerequisite levels by completing the written and practical examinations for each required level. Essentially, you will be taken for an on-the-water evaluation for the highest level of certification you are challenging. Pass the practical and then take the exam for the appropriate certification levels.
For those with sailing experience wishing to develop advanced sailing skills useful for racing and enjoyment, this is a 24-hour, 3-day course, maximum student-teacher ratio of 12-1, course materials should be studied before class. Learn to rig and use the spinnaker. Advanced docking maneuvers. Refine close-hauled, beam and broad reach, and running before the wind with spinnaker. Sailors refine tacking and jibing maneuvers with spinnaker suitable for racing. Spinnaker hoists, reach to reach jibes, sailing by the lee, stretch and blow and floater takedowns. Weather prediction, radio protocol, anchoring, and emergencies. Advanced sail theory, sail shaping, and sail control use including vang, outhaul, backstays, twings, barber-haulers, jib & main cunninghams, reefing, for light-medium-heavy air and transitions. Basic Part 2 (When boats Meet) Racing Rules of Sailing. Upon successful completion sailor will be deemed qualified to rent a small sailboat (under 30') to race from most any yacht charter or sailing school in the US. 1 Year US Sailing membership included.
Our Learn to Sail and Learn to Race courses are seamlessly combined into one!
Learn to Sail
Learn the ability to sail in a straight line, holding a steady course at all points of sails. Our famous "Calle-8-Drill" focuses on time, distance and boat handling.
The Learn-to-Sail course covers: The compass, true and apparent wind, leaving and returning to the dock, all points of sail, sail trim, boat handling, crew positions, time and distance, holding a steady course, and safely navigating Biscayne Bay.
The course includes 15 hours of instruction, or about four to five lessons, taught on either our RS Venture or our Sonar. Class material is included in class tuition.
Learn to Race
If you have never raced, or if you have been racing for a while, yet never seem to find a passing lane, this course is for you! It focuses on time, distance and boat handling elements, all in preparation of starting maneuvers and then on to the race course itself.
The course includes: Boat Handling, Sail Trim, Pre-Start Maneuvering, Starts, Race Tactics, Race Strategy, Racing Rules.
Our Learn to Race course material is rich in detail and easy to understand. The course includes 15 hours of instruction, or about four to five lessons, taught on either our RS Venture or our Sonar. Class material is included in class tuition.
Certification course teaches proper sailing techniques and the Standard Operating Procedures for the small keelboat (Sonar) and a ballasted centerboard dinghy (RS Venture). The certification ultimately qualifies the holder to charter boats for personal enjoyment from Team Paradise. Both certification courses teach how to sail upwind and downwind in various conditions. Learn the "ropes" of our boats!
In this episode of US Sailing's "This is what we do" series, Stu Gilfillen, Director of Education at US Sailing, discusses the instructor training and certification programs that US Sailing offers for both, sailing and powerboating.