Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Seattle - 2023

Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Seattle


Learn the basics of sailing from a dedicated crew of Skippers eager to share their vessel and love of sailing with you!  

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 April 4, 11 and 25 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 will be held between April 12 and April 24. They last approximately 2-3 hours and will be scheduled during the first in-person class.  
  • Attendance on two Training Sails.  Dates will be scheduled during the in-person classes and will occur after April 25.  
  • Completion and submission of your sign-off sheet indicating you have participated in the three in-person classes, one At-The-Dock session and two Training Sails.  

Course fee includes:

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

Completion of this course will allow you to sign up for free Mountaineers sails!

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Students must wear non-marking shoes on all sessions held on Skippers vessels as well as bring appropriate attire based on weather conditions.  If you don't have it you can't put it on!