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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 and 1-hour sailboat rental already included with each of these courses, respectively) 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 2018
  • February 3-4
  • February 10-11
  • February 17-18
  • February 24-25
  • March 3-4
  • March 10-11
  • March 17-18
  • Mar 31-Apr 1
  • April 7-8
  • April 14-15
  • April 21-22
  • April 28-29
  • May 5-6
  • May 12-13
  • May 19-20
  • May 26-27
  • Summer 2018
  • June 2-3
  • June 9-10
  • June 16-17
  • June 23-24
  • June 30-July 1
  • July 7-8
  • July 14-15
  • July 21-22
  • July 28-29
  • August 4-5
  • August 11-12
  • August 18-19
  • August 25-26
  • Fall 2018
  • September 1-2
  • September 8-9
  • September 15-16
  • September 22-23
  • September 29-30
  • October 6-7
  • October 13-14
  • October 20-21
  • October 27-28
  • November 3-4
  • November 10-11
  • November 17-18

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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.