Interested participants should possess the skills listed below to be qualified to sign up for the following courses:

Adult Small Boat Sailing (age 16+), Youth Sailing Beginner (age 9-16): No previous sailing experience necessary.  Must pass a swim test and be fit enough to get back on a boat in deep water.

Adult Keelboat Sailing Basic: No previous sailing experience necessarySwim test is not required but students will be interviewed individually regarding their swimming ability.

The SWIM TEST, when required, cannot be substituted by any certifications.  Instructors need to see how well every student conducts themselves in the water so they can be aware of each student’s abilities.

YOUTH SAILING INTERMEDIATE (age 9-16)

1. Pass a swim test
2. Complete Community Sailing Beginner Course and/or know how to:
– Rig a Sunfish
– Steer a Course
– Control the sail using the sheet line
– Flip the boat right side up if it capsizes
– Get out of being “in irons” (stuck facing the wind)
– Avoid other boats and objects

SPORT SAILING (age 14-70+):

  1. Pass a swim test
  2. Completed Community Sailing Intermediate Course, and independently and confidently:
    • Be comfortable sharing a boat (Vanguard 15) with a crewmate
    • Steer a course and use sheet line
    • Change sail trim for different points of sail
    • Demonstrate difference between tacking and jibing
    • Demonstrate sailing up wind, close hauled
    • Flip the boat right side up if it capsizes

ADULT SMALL BOAT SAILING INTERMEDIATE (age 16+)

  1. Pass a swim test
  2. Completed Community Sailing Beginner Course and/or know how to:
    • Rig a Sunfish
    • Steer a course
    • Avoid other boats and objects
    • Change sail trim for different points of sail
    • Tack and jibe
    • Flip the boat right side up if it capsizes

ADULT KEELBOAT SAILING ADVANCED (age 16+)

  1. Completed Community Sailing Keelboat Beginner Course and/or know how to:
    • crew and steer a 22 foot keelboat in light to moderate conditions
    • rig and control the boat
    • basic lake navigation
    • seamanship and safety fundamentals
    • evaluate weather