Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Seattle - 2022

Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course

Basic Crew and Sailing Course - Seattle

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Learn the basics of sailing from a dedicated crew of Skippers eager to share their vessel and love of sailing with you!  Completion of this course will allow you to sign up for FREE Mountaineers sails!

Course Objectives:

  • Rig a sloop-rigged sailboat.
  • Understand and use terms for parts of a boat, sail trim and points of sail. 
  • Assist in departing from and arriving at a dock under power.
  • Have a basic understanding of sail trim and sailboat maneuvering.
  • Practice your sailing skills under the watchful eye of the Skipper.  
  • Understand basic personal gear requirements and safety practices for sailing under conditions which may be encountered during Mountaineers sails.
  • Be able to function as a crew member during a sail.
  • Have a basic understanding of navigation aids.  
  • Experience sailing on different types and sizes of vessels.  The size range of vessels used in the Seattle program is  30' - 43'.  

Course graduation requirements:

  • Attendance at all three classroom sessions.  Sessions will be held on March 29, April 5 and April 19 from 6:30-9:30pm.  In-person classroom sessions are held at the Seattle Mountaineers Program Center located at 7700 Sand Point Way NE on the shores of Lake Washington.  
  • Attendance at one At-The-Dock session. There will be many to choose from in a variety of marinas located throughout Puget Sound.  Sessions last 2-3 hours and will be scheduled during the in-person class.  
  • Attendance on two Training/Experience Sails.  Dates will be scheduled during the in-person class.  
  • Completion and submission of your sign-off sheet indicating you have participated in the three in-person session, one At-The-Dock session and two Training/Experience Sails.  

Course fee includes:

  • Course manual:  US Sailing Basic Keelboat
  • Line to practice knots 

Student may pick up the course manual prior to the start of the course at the Seattle Program Center located at 7700 Sand Point Way NE.  This will allows students to pre-read content that will be covered during the first in-person class.  

Badges you will earn: