Basic Keelboat (Beginner)

This introductory course provides a comprehensive overview of sailing fundamentals – perfect for beginners or those just looking for a review of the basics. With the majority of class time spent out on the water, this two day weekend course will give you plenty of hands-on experience and certify you to sail boats up to 25 feet in length. By the afternoon of your second day, you will be able to rig, sail, and dock our Capri 22 sailboats without supervision. Completion of the course earns you the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification and makes you eligible to enroll in Step 2, Basic Cruising.

Group Lessons
Private Lessons
Additional Student

*After first free class with membership is used
**$190 credit will be applied with new memberships

Print Study Guide Class Prep – San Diego

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.