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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 (normally $80), 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 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 $595.

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 $275
  • Spring 2017
  • Feb 11-12
  • Feb 18-29
  • Feb 25-26
  • March 4-5
  • March 11-12
  • March 18-19
  • March 25-26
  • April 1-2
  • April 8-9
  • April 15-16
  • April 22-23
  • April 29-30
  • May 6-7
  • May 13-14
  • May 20-21
  • May 27-28
  • Summer 2017
  • June 3-4
  • June 10-11
  • June 17-18
  • June 24-25
  • July 1-2
  • July 8-9
  • July 15-16
  • July 22-23
  • July 29-30
  • August 5-6
  • August 12-13
  • August 19-20
  • August 26-27
  • Fall 2017
  • September 2-3
  • September 9-10
  • September 16-17
  • September 23-24
  • Sept 30-Oct 1
  • October 7-8
  • October 14-15
  • October 21-22
  • October 28-29
  • November 4-5
  • November 11-12
  • November 18-19

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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.