Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Tacoma - 2019

Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Tacoma - 2019

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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.  Click on the "Required Equipment" tab below to see the course textbook.

This course consists of three classroom sessions and four sails.  The classroom sessions will be Monday, April 15th, Monday, April 22nd and Monday, April 29th.  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 under the "Course Requirements" tab below.  (Sails will start to be posted a week or two before the class starts.)  Your first training sail must be scheduled during the week between the first classroom session and the second classroom session (April 16th to April 21st).  Your second training sail must be scheduled during the week between the second classroom session and the third classroom session (April 23rd to April 28th).  There will be both weekday evening and weekend sails posted before the class starts but please keep time open on your calendar!  The final two experience sails can be scheduled any time up to the end of June.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment


  • Basic Keelboat text by US Sailing Association.  Please purchase this text (available on Amazon) after signing up for the class so you have it before the class starts.
  • 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")
Course Materials
Course outline, 2020

Topics we will cover for the three classroom sessions.

Course Textbook - ASA's "Sailing Made Easy"

Here are links to the textbook we will use in the course.

Directions to the Classroom

Driving directions to The Mountaineer's Tacoma Program Center.

How to Sign Up for Sails

Register sign up for sails

Directions to the Marinas

11 Sailing Essentials

References for Class 2

Web links and references for Life Sling video, ASA sailing videos and animated knot tying website.

Sail Class References, Class 3

Website links, apps and books mentioned during the Basic Crewing / Sailing class 3.