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Basic Sailing Lessons - Learn to Sail

The Bergen Chapter of SEAS Basic Sailing Courses are taught by Red Cross/SEAS certified instructors, following the USCGA endorsed textbook (Sailing Fundamentals) and class materials, and are intended to teach the basics of sailing to those who have never been on a sailboat as well as those with some experience.

The basic sailing course consists of 12 hours of classroom instruction in which you will learn:

  • Sailing terms
  • Points of sail
  • Sail trim
  • Launching
  • Mooring
  • Rules of the road
  • Boating safety.

Two days of water sessions, with actual sailing experience on the Monksville Reservoir in Ringwood, N.J. is also included.

All graduates will have gained the confidence, experience and knowledge to sail a boat.

You must be in good physical condition and able to swim to take the course.

2018 Basic Sailing Classes

Reserve your spot today!  Space is limited. Class dates are as below:

(Dates and Locations Subject to Change.  Practice sail on the O'Day is optional for those students who have successfully completed Basic Sailing.)

Session Classroom Sessions Water Sessions Registration Form
1
NJ

June 5, 7, 12, 14
St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Hawthorne, NJ
7 - 9:30pm

June 9, 16
Monksville Reservoir (Ringwood State Park)
9am

June 23 or 24
Practice on the O'Day at Greenwood Lake

Register online or use the 2018 Registration Form
2
NJ
July 10, 12, 17, 19
St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Hawthorne, NJ
7pm
July 14, 21
Monksville Reservoir (Ringwood State Park)
9am

July 28 or 29
Practice on the O'Day at Greenwood Lake

Register online or use the 2018 Registration Form
3
NJ

August 7, 9, 14, 16

St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Hawthorne, NJ
7pm

August 11, 18

Monksville Reservoir (Ringwood State Park)
9am

Aug 15
Practice on the O'Day at Greenwood Lake

Register online or use the 2018 Registration Form

 

Basic Sailing Resources

Coronado 15 rigging instructions

American 14.6 rigging instructions

Directions to Monksville Reservoir

Knots handout

Sailing Terms

Sailing Forces

Scoop method for capsize recovery