Learn To Sail (ASA 101)

Course Info

Our Basic Keelboat certification package is a comprehensive lifetime preparation course that is a place for participants to learn how to sail.
It is designed both for students who have no sailing experience and for those who have experience, but want to be sure they learn to sail the right way,
from the ground up.

With an emphasis on practical training and experience learning to sail, you will learn all the essentials of sailing quickly
and more thoroughly than you thought possible. You will be at the helm - learning to sail - on the morning of your first class,
and in command of the boat through all of the fundamental maneuvers by the next afternoon. While you learn about sailing
using practical training, you will enjoy several short classroom sessions sprinkled throughout the course.

Successful completion prepares you to:

  • Skipper 18' - 27' boats in protected waters with light to moderate conditions.
  • Learn how to sail and crew on similar-sized yachts in open water and more challenging conditions, like San Francisco Bay.
  • Qualify for OCSC's Basic Cruising course

Good to know:

  • Our three-to-one student-to-instructor ratio provides you with the smallest class size in the country and offers you an
    amazing opportunity to learn to sail the right way.
  • Our guarantee provides you with as many additional three-hour coaching sessions as you need to fully demonstrate
    your Basic Keelboat skills dependably.
  • If you're taking the weekend format, the two weekends don't have to be consecutive, however if it is possible,
    we suggest taking them as close together as possible. Practice makes perfect when learning sailing!

This course prepares you to take the following courses: Basic CruisingNight Sailing CourseOCSC Seminars.


# of students:

  • Three maximum



  • Four-day option
    Two full weekends of your choice.
    9 am - 4 pm each day
  • Five-day option
    Five weekdays
    (Mon - Fri)
    9 am - 4 pm each day

Seminars Included:


None! Perfect course for beginners who are learning sailing, and many people with experience also start here to learn sailing.