Basic Sailing Class

 It can also serve as a refresher course for those who have not recently sailed. The 14 hour course covers boating safety, knots, rigging and sailing theory. On the water skills such as boat handling, docking, sail trim and capsize recovery will be taught on Quest sailboats. Upon successful completion of this course graduates will be given a free two hour rental card and are eligible to rent Quests and join the Sacramento State Aquatic Center Sailing Membership. This class follows the guidelines set by US Sailing but does not offer a US Sailing certificate. 

Successful completion of a capsize recovery is required for certification. 

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The book used for this course if the Learn Sailing Right Beginning Sailing book (IBSN: 978-0-979467-2-1). The book is included in the cost of the class. Picking up your book early is recommended but not required.

Course Details

Length: 14 hours
Minimum Enrollment: 4
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Minimum Age Requirement: 12


Sac State Students: $150
Affiliate: $170
General Public: $180

What to Expect

  • You will get wet! Bring a towel
  • You should wear clothes that are comfortable and can get wet
  • Shoes should either be tennis shoes or sandals with a heel strap
  • The Front Office staff can hold your keys during class.
  • Any other personal belongings can be stored in our $0.50 one-time use locker; which takes two quarters.

COVID Regulations & Safety Plan

  • Arrive on time (neither early nor late)
  • Parking will be in our outer parking lot.  You will be greeted by our safety compliance monitor at the “North” gate and you will give your name, class and time.  They will give you a squirt of hand sanitizer and ask if you have your towel, water bottle and are ready for your class.
  • Check in at the Front Desk, turn in your participant waiver and COVID waiver.  The front office staff will direct you to your class meeting location.
  • Face coverings must be inside but are not required outside. 
  • Practice social distancing and maintain a 6 foot distance while on the facility.
  • Guests and non-paying family members are not allowed to be at the facility.
  • Use of the Aquatic Center is at your own risk.
  • Be on a mission to arrive, attend your class, cleanup and depart for your next destination.
  • If you are sick, feel sick, or have a fever, you many not enter the facility

2021 Basic Sailing Class Schedule

Section Start Date End Date Days Time
BSAIL01 Mar 6 Mar 14 Sat & Sun 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
BSAIL02 Mar 22 Mar 25 Mon – Th 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
BSAIL03 Apr 10 Apr 18 Sat & Sun 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
BSAIL04 Apr 12 Apr 15 Mon – Th 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
BSAIL05 May 10 May 13 Mon – Th 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
BSAIL06 May 17 May 20 Mon – Th 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
BSAIL07 June 1 June 4 Tue – Fr 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
BSAIL08 June 12 June 20 Sat & Sun 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
BSAIL09 June 28 July 1 Mon – Th 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
BSAIL010 July 10 July 18 Sat & Sun 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
BSAIL011 July 19 July 22 Mon – Th 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
BSAIL012 Aug 2 Aug 5 Mon – Th 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
BSAIL013 Aug 16 Aug 19 Mon – Th 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
BSAIL014 Aug 21 Aug 29 Sat & Sun 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

More class to come for 2021 as COVID restrictions ease.

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