Starting to sail is easy at Ocean Sailing Academy (OSA)! Our Basic Keelboat courses are formatted to take the novice from no knowledge to competent sailor. The course begins online with the basics of sailing and concludes with skippering ability and crew coordination with two full days on the water instruction. Graduates of OSA's Basic Keelboat courses are confident, highly skilled keelboat sailors, prepared to enjoy day-sailing on boats up to 30 feet.

Enrollment Package Includes

  • Online Instruction + 2 full days of class - $550


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Available Certifications:

  • Basic Keelboat
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Basic Keelboat Days 1-3
3 full days on a tiller-steered Colgate 26'

Basic Keelboat Part 1 Includes:

  • Parts of the Boat
  • Parts of the Rig
  • Knot Tying
  • Line Management
  • Sail Bending and Flaking
  • Points of Sail
  • Tacking and Jibing
  • Reefing (Shortening Sail)
  • Docking under Power
  • Crew Overboard Recovery

Basic Keelboat Days 3-6
3 full days on a tiller-steered Colgate 26'

Basic Keelboat Part 2 Includes:

  • Fine tuning Sail Trim
  • Advanced Sail Handling
  • Close Quarter Sail Control
  • Speed Control
  • Chart Reading and Line of Sight Navigation
  • Crew Coordination (so your friends can have fun too!)
  • Sail Planning
  • Docking under Sail
  • Rules of the Road
  • More Crew Overboard Recovery Practice
  • Starting and Stopping
  • Skippering Certification

Ocean Sailing Academy teaches classes in full-day sessions with no more than four students per instructor, guaranteeing students a high level of personalized attention.

Upon completion of the Basic Keelboat Class, the student is eligible to receive the U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification. To learn more about U.S. Sailings Requirements, please click here.