Menu Close

Beginning Sailors

Keelboat 1 (ASA 101) students prepping the boat, Marina Del Rey.

Start Here - Learn the Fundamentals of Sailing

Our Intro to Keelboat program is all new this season and gives you a new way to start your sailing journey! Intro to Keelboat is a lighter version of our ASA 101 – Keelboat 1 Course, which we are still running each month. Whichever option fits you best, you’ll learn to sail how people always learned to sail: by sailing often!

Intro to Keelboat
Fundamentals of sailing

One weekend

No prior experience required

EZ Crew
Sail with other sailors like you!

4 hour charters every weekend

Intro to Keelboat required

Beginning Clinics
Build your sailing skills

One 4 hour session per clinic

Intro to Keelboat required

Beginning Sailors

Intro to Keelboat

One weekend, tons of fun.

What You'll Learn

This short course starts the sailing journey in one, bite-size weekend. You’ll learn to help sail a boat, understand the fundamentals, and have a blast.

This course is for people who love the idea of sailing and want to give it a try. We know you’ll love it and look back on this class as the beginning of a long and wonderful sailing journey.

After the lessons, you’ll meet other sailors on one of our student-led community sails (“EZ Crew”) – all included in the price of tuition. Going forward, you’ll have the option to continue learning by joining our Beginning Clinics or weekly EZ Crews. You can fit sailing into your lifestyle and schedule!

What's Included

  • 8 hours of sailing and learning with one of our experienced, fun, and patient instructors
  • One 4-hour sail on a community sail (“EZ Crew”) included

The Course Day by Day

Day One: Day sailing – wind awareness and hands-on helm skills

Day Two: Day sailing in Santa Monica Bay – more practice sailing the boat with your crew mate.

What's Next

Enroll in this Course

Prerequisite

No prior experience required

Course Length

8 hours : two 4-hour sessions

Course Topics

  • Basics of sail trim
  • Rudder control
  • Safety at sea
  • Rules of the Road

Tuition

$ 780.00

Textbook optional

Upcoming Course Dates

Beginning Sailors

EZ Crew

Join our community of learners.

What You'll Learn

Unique to Bluewater Sailing, these 4-hour weekend charters are opportunities to sail with other new sailors, like yourself. EZ Crew charters are scheduled every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday.

The big difference between an EZ Crew charter and waiting for a friend’s invitation is you choose the dates you want to sail. In other words, EZ Crew sails are like “having a friend that owns a boat”, but you invite yourself to go sailing!

The skipper is a student with more experience. The crew members are other students enjoying their new sailing skills. These charters are not instructor-led, but everyone helps sail the boat.

EZ Crew charters is a core feature of the Bluewater Sailing program. You sail as often as you like. Scheduling them often will keep you in “learning mode” with fun charters. If you want to be a better sailor, we recommend scheduling EZ Crew charters in between instructional sessions, like the monthly Beginning Clinics.

What's Included

One 4-hour sail on a community sail with your fellow students.

What's Next

Enroll in this Course

Prerequisite

Course Length

4 hours

Course Topics

  • Focus on the “art of sailing”
  • Learn with other students
  • Join a community of sailors

Tuition

$125.00

No textbook required.

Upcoming Course Dates

Beginning Sailors

Beginning Clinics

Looking for a simpler way to start sailing?

What You'll Learn

These sessions are for people who love learning how to sail. These short and affordable clinics continue your education and journey. After every clinic, you’ll enjoy sailing more thoroughly. You’ll meet other interesting sailors and further your practice at your own pace.

More about the clinics.

Each session has its own focus and presents new sailing skills that enhance your precision and continue your quest to be a better sailor. These instructional sessions are for people who love sailing and want to be better sailors.

Each is an opportunity to learn something new and more deeply. Stream as much sailing as you want, but get real skills from these sessions.

After the clinic, practice what you’ve learned. Whatever your goals, including just going for a sail and meeting new friends, these sessions will meet your expectations.

Fundamental sailing skills go beyond a certificate. It is about hands-on practice. We intend to teach you to sail by having you sail the boat.

What's Included

One instructor-led session focused on a specific topic.

What's Next

Enroll in this Course

Prerequisite

Course Length

3 to 6 hrs depending upon topic

Course Topics

Each clinic has a specific focus, such as:

  • Precision Sailing and Boat Handling
  • Upwind sail trim
  • Downwind sail trim
  • Keel trim
  • Boat balance
  • Sail Twist
  • Light wind sailing
  • Crew Overboard Drills
  • Docking
  • Performance Skills
  • Introduction to Racing

Tuition

Varies with length of clinic

Upcoming Course Dates