Basic Cruising (Intermediate)

Ever dreamed of sailing your own boat to a nearby harbor or island destination?  Our Basic Cruising course will get you there.  Available to graduates of the Basic Keelboat course (or experienced sailors who have challenged the Basic Keelboat level), this intermediate class gives you the skills and knowledge to skipper boats up to 35 feet in length.  Basic Cruising is a two-day course.  Completion of the course will allow you to sail our Catalina 270’s, 290’s and 320’s, in addition to the Hunter 31’s and 33’s, and Beneteau 31.  This certification prepares you for Step 3, Bareboat Cruising.

**Prerequisite – Basic Keelboat Certification**

Group Lessons
Private Lessons
Additional Student

Print Study Guide

Preparing for Class

Study Tips:

  • Students should read the assigned study materials before the first day of class.
  • Addtional resources are available on the US Sailing web site. .
  • Your Student Certification Standards handbook outlines all of the necessary skills and knowledge to pass each certification level.

Clothing Suggestions:

  • Wear comfortable, layered clothing as temperatures may change throughout the day.
  • Bring a warm jacket – temperatures are typically low in the morning and late afternoon.
  • Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are always a good idea for sun protection.
  • Keep in mind that there is a cabin on the boat, so feel free to bring a backpack or bag with items you might need throughout the day.


  • Free parking for students is available across the street from the marina building next to Harbor Island Park. While you will get a parking spot in our lot on days that you rent boats, we ask that you please park in the lot across the street when you are taking a class.

Cancellation Policy:

  • We look forward to teaching you here at Harbor Yacht Clubs, and we pride ourselves in having the best instructors teach our classes. With this in mind we need to book these instructors in advance to secure the best. When booking your class, please remember our cancellation policy:
  • Outside 30 days, there is no penalty. Inside 30 days, 50% of the class fee will apply. Inside 7 days, the full cost of the class will be incurred to reschedule at a later date. We ask that you please be certain of your availability to take the class before you schedule it.