Adult Daysailer

Adult Daysailer is taught at Saylorville Lake on our Catalina 27. This 15 hour weekend long course will teach basic sailing skills on a large daysailer. Our boat is conveniently docked in a slip at Saylorville Marina.

You will learn sailing terminology, raising, lowering and reducing sail, knot tying, stopping and starting under sail, leaving and returning to the dock or mooring, tacking and jibing, overboard recovery, operation of the engine, and maneuvering under power.

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to confidently skipper or crew a similarly sized boat. 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. Students under the age of 18, but over the age of 15, must have a parent or guardian accept the SYCSS agreements and waivers to take this course. A parent or guardian must contact SYCSS at for instructions to register a minor for this course.


You must be comfortable in and around water. You must furnish your own Coast Guard Approved Type III life jacket. Completion of a swim test is not required.


The course will use a curriculum similar to US Sailing's Basic Keelboat. We will cover a majority of the topics in the Basic Keelboat course, however, we are not able to offer certification at this time.

How will I spend my time?

This three day course runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (with a 1 hr lunch break) on Saturday and Sunday. We will spend about 5 hours on classroom instruction and 10 hours on the water. You will have the opportunity at every position on the boat from skipper to jib trimmer and everything in between.

What should I bring?

Clothes appropriate for sailing, 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 a date for pricing information.


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 Daysailer Level 1 Course Schedule - Select one of the dates below to register online.

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