So many people dream about learning to sail, or owning a boat some day. And many eventually do. We understand this and we understand that, when you book a course with us, it is our responsibility to make your dream become a reality. We teach you to be in control of a boat. We help you to overcome your anxieties. Or, for those of you with no worries who want to do it all as fast and as full as you can, we will move at your pace and push you as hard as you want to go. We will not "overboat" you with strange terminology. We do our best to make learning to sail a pleasant, positive, if sometimes challenging experience. Our basic sailing course takes four full days and can be done over two weekends if desired. We start at 9.30 and finish at 4.00 and lunch is taken at anchor somewhere. Although highly structured, the courses are intensively practical and are aimed at getting you out on the water and independent as quickly as possible. Our group size is usually 4 students which ensures that you get lots of personal attention and lots of hands on sailing experience.
Recent quotes from happy customers:
"We had a wonderful and gusty day on Friday. Eileen is an excellent teacher and she's fun - Paula"
"WE HAD A FANTASTIC TIME!!!! Our instructor, Ed , was very focused but yet provided a very relaxed atmosphere which allowed for the best possible learning environment. The 4-day Keelboat Course exceeded our expectations in both educational content and enjoyment.- Bob"
Available at The Tides Inn, Irvington, VA
We are a US Sailing recognized sailing school and teach the US Sailing Keelboat certification program. For more detailed information on this program visit the US Sailing education website on www.sailingcertification.net.
This course includes such things as leaving and returning to the dock, sail handling, general good seamanship, anchoring, rope work, safety procedures, sailing theory and points of sailing, tides, weather forecasts, right of way rules, sail trim, and more.
This course is essentially the same as taking the first two days of the Basic Sailing course and is intended for people who are unsure or unable to commit to a 4 day course.
You will learn all about the boat's systems - engines, electrical, the rigging, water systems, radio use and all you will need to know to safely take the boat to sea. Most of this course is on the water and will enhance and refine your sailing skills.
If you plan to sail a small boat like a sunfish rather than a big boat, you can take our sunfish sailing courses. These range from one day to fives days.
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