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Learn to Sail Course | US SAILING

Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat Certification Package is a comprehensive lifetime preparation course that is a place for participants to learn how to sail. It is designed both for students who have no sailing experience and for those who have experience, but want to be sure they learn to sail the right way, from the ground up. You will be at the helm – learning to sail – on the morning of your first class, and in command of the boat through all of the fundamental maneuvers by the next afternoon.

With an emphasis on practical training and experience learning to sail, you will learn all the essentials of sailing quickly and more thoroughly than you thought possible. While you learn about sailing using practical training, you will enjoy several short classroom sessions sprinkled throughout the course.

Good to Know:

+ Our three-to-one student-to-instructor ratio provides you with the smallest class size in the country and offers you an amazing opportunity to learn to sail the right way.

+ Our guarantee provides you with as many additional three-hour coaching sessions as you need to fully demonstrate your Basic Keelboat skills dependably.

+ If you’re taking the weekend format, the two weekends don’t have to be consecutive, however if it is possible, we suggest taking them as close together as possible. Practice makes perfect when learning sailing!

Experience Needed to Take this Course

None! Perfect for beginners. Even people with experience start here to learn sailing.

Successful completion prepares you to:

+ Skipper 18' – 27' boats in protected waters with light to moderate conditions.

+ Learn how to sail and crew on similar-sized yachts in open water and more challenging conditions, like San Francisco Bay.

+ Qualify for OCSC’s Basic Cruising and Night Sailing Courses, plus our Seminars and Clinics


United States

Course Type

Combined - Practical & Theory
Basic Keelboat Certification (US SAILING)

Course Address

1 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley, 94710

Upcoming Dates for this Course


every week

One full week from Mon - Fri. 9 am – 4 pm each day


every week

Two full weekends of your choice.  9 am – 4 pm each day

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