Basic Crewing and Sailing Course - Seattle - 2024

Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course

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. 
  • Assist in departing from and arriving at a dock under power.
  • Have a basic understanding of sail trim and points of sail.
  • Understand basic personal gear requirements
  • Learn and execute safety practices under weather 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. 
  • Learn sailing rules of the road including right of way.  
  • Practice your sailing skills under the watchful eye of the Skipper.  
  • 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 2, 9 and 23 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 10 and April 22. 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 be offered after April 23 and throughout the spring.   
  • 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 Completion:

  • Mountaineers Sailing Badge assigned to your personal Mountaineers profile.
  • Ability to sign up for free sails posted by Mountaineers Skippers.
  • Serves as a pre-requisite to the Introduction to Sailboat Racing Course. 

Badges you will earn: