Sailing Course with John Schaefer

12-Week Sailing Course

The instructor John Schaefer is a seasoned sailor who spends months sailing around the islands yearly and has a wealth of knowledge to share with his students.

The sailing course was created to serve the needs of the novice and experienced sailor and the non-sailor for basic skills and knowledge. The course starts with basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, safety, and sail processes and then tackles the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques.  Students can take an additional 2-hour Sailing Class to learn hands-on in a sailboat for an additional fee (not included).

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General Information


Students will learn parts of a sail, sail handling, sail terminology, types of boats & hull types, wind, Navigation Rules, Marlinespike, Seamanship, Docking & Anchoring, sailing in weather, and sailing safely.

Expectations and Goals

Students will better understand sailboats, parts, terminology, what makes them go, Navigation Rules, and safe sailing.

Required Materials

USPS SAIL Coursebook, pen/pencil, highlighter, notepad

Optional Materials

Main Sail Trimming by Felix Marks (available through Amazon)