Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Tacoma - 2017

Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Tacoma - 2017


Learn the skills to be a welcome member of the crew on a friend’s sailboat!  This course will cover the knowledge needed to feel comfortable stepping aboard a sailboat and contributing to the fun of sailing the boat on the Salish Sea.  We will cover: basic crewing skills, names for all the stuff onboard, basic sail trim, points of sail, staying safe while on a sailboat, what to wear and even learn some useful knots.  

We’ll also touch on the art of navigation to help you understand the nautical chart, tides, currents, weather and planning a fun day on the water.

This course consists of three classroom sessions and four sails.  The classroom sessions will be Monday, April 3th, Monday, April 10th and Monday, April 17th.  They will be held at the Tacoma Mountaineer’s Program Center, 2302 N 30th St, Tacoma, WA 98403 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  You will pick the sails that are most convenient for you from those listed on our website.

After successfully attending the classes and completing the sails, you will earn the Basic Sailing Course badge, which will qualify you to go on sail outings with the Mountaineers and take advanced courses.

Our textbook is Basic Keelboat, by the US Sailing Association.  Please purchase it on Amazon before the first class (A simple search will bring it up.).  We’ll post the first reading assignment on our website so you won’t fall behind before the class even starts…

Contact co-leaders Mark Cole or Terri Benz:  for more information or with questions.  (you may have to copy and paste the email addresses because the links may not be  working at this time).

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment
  • Basic Keelboat text by US Sailing Association
  • Layers appropriate for a day on the water - pretty much the same as for a day on the trail except it may be cooler on the water
  • Shoes with light, non-marking soles (we'll talk about these during the first class)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen (think positive)
  • The 11 Sailing Essentials (see list under "Course Materials")