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Intro Sailing

Introductory Sailing

Here’s your chance to take the helm and “sail away” in your own 14’ long sloop!

Appropriate for ages 14 and up, this course teaches all the basics needed to get you out on the water, safely maneuvering your sailboat (a Capri dinghy) around the Lake. In addition, after successfully completing the course, students receive certification so they can rent boats on their own.

Tacking and jibing (turning), sail trim, nomenclature, knots, and water safety are among the subjects covered in this fast-paced and exhilarating course taught by experienced, certified instructors.

And, the price of the Level I course includes a 1-hour private lesson, which you can schedule within the 2 weeks following completion of the class.

You’ll learn the following skills:

  • • Basic Knowledge of Weather Conditions, Shallow Areas & Hazards
  • • Basic Vocabulary, Wind Awareness, Safety Position
  • • Basic Steering, Tacking, Controlled Jibe
  • • Sail Trim – Sheeting/Trimming In & Out, Going Straight
  • • Right of Way, Launching & Docking, and more…

Certification Options

Completion of Introductory Sailing course and the accompanying 1-hour private lesson awards a rental card which allows you to rent the Catalina Capri 14.2 sailboats on Shoreline Lake. If you're looking to continue developing your sailing knowledge and skills, the next step is earning your internationally recognized U.S. Sailing Small Boat Sailor certification.

U.S. Sailing certification requires completion of the Intermediate Sailing course. We offer a package which includes Introductory Sailing and Intermediate Sailing (including the 1-hour private lesson already included with each of these courses) plus an additional 4 hours of rental for a total of $695.

What To Bring

Students should bring comfortable clothes, a jacket or layers, a towel and change of clothes, lots of sun protection, a lanyard to secure your glasses, a bottle of water, and shoes that stay on your feet.

Important: Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your class to check in.

Session Times Price
Sailing: Level I 2 day class 9:00am-1:00pm 1 hr private lesson $325
  • Spring 2020
  • February 1-2
  • February 8-9
  • February 15-16
  • February 22-23
  • Feb 29-Mar 1
  • March 7-8
  • March 14-15
  • March 21-22
  • March 28-29
  • April 4-5
  • April 11-12
  • April 18-19
  • April 25-26
  • May 2-3
  • May 9-10
  • May 16-17
  • May 23-24
  • Summer 2020
  • May 30-31
  • June 6-7
  • June 13-14
  • June 20-21
  • June 27-28
  • July 4-5
  • July 11-12
  • July 18-19
  • July 25-26
  • August 1-2
  • August 8-9
  • August 15-16
  • August 22-23
  • Fall 2020
  • August 29-30
  • September 5-6
  • September 12-13
  • September 19-20
  • September 26-27
  • October 3-4
  • October 10-11
  • October 17-18
  • October 24-25
  • Oct 31- Nov 1
  • November 7-8
  • November 14-15

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Directions to Our Facility

Want to purchase as a gift? Or, to have a pre-paid option available? Shoreline offers gift cards that can be used any time. Just contact the Boathouse (at boathouse@shorelinelake.com or 650.965.7474), and we’ll get you set up.