Adult Small Boat

Adult Small Boat is taught at Saylorville Marina on Precision 15s. This is a 15 hour weekend course that teaches basic sailing skills on small boats.

You will learn sailing terminology, rigging & derigging a boat, stopping and starting a boat, leaving and returning to the beach or dock, tacking and jibing, capsize and overboard recovery.

Small boat sailing is often called "wet sailing" as participants in small dinghies are often at the mercy of wind shifts and gusts as they learn to propel the boats at the maximum speed. As such they should always be prepared with proper clothing and personal safety equipment to get wet.

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to confidently sail a small boat on their own. All classes are taught by certified US Sailing instructors.

Who should take this course?

You must be 18 years of age or older to take this course. 


Ability to swim 50 yards using any stoke and tread water for 2 minutes.


The course is taught according to US Sailing's Small Boat Sailor Certification. We will cover the beginner general skills and beginner boat handling skills. A US Sailing Certificate will be awarded at the end of the course. The student log book may then be submitted to US SAILING for a formal certificate and wallet i.d. card.

How will I spend my time?

This three day course runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (with a 1 hr lunch break) on Friday and Saturday . We will spend about 3 hours on classroom instruction, 3 hours on land drills, and 9 hours on the water.

What should I bring?

Clothes appropriate for sailing (expect to get wet), towel and change of clothes, proper fitting type III life jacket, closed toe shoes, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses with Croakie, water bottle, lunch (or money for concession stand), pen and notebook.


Select date for pricing information.

Price includes US Sailing's "Learn Sailing Right - Beginning Sailing" workbook.


To register online for this course, select the desired date from the schedule on this page or go to the Calendar to view all course options. 

Adult Small Boat Course Schedule - Select one of the dates below to register online.

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