Learn to Sail
Our Basic Sailing Course is led by a certified Society for the Education of American Sailors (SEAS) instructor in collaboration with local sailors from the Chatham Sailing Club. The class is intended to teach the basics of sailing to those 18 and over who have never been on a sailboat, as well as those with some experience. The course scope is similar to
Our two-day weekend course is held four times per year. The schedule is usually Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, from noon to 5 pm. Class size is typically limited to ten students.
**Please check our club calendar for the next scheduled dates.**
The cost for the course is $150 per student (CSC club members receive a 50% discount and Tybee Light Sail & Power Squadron members receive a 33% discount).
Classes will be held at the CSC Clubhouse at Young’s Marina,
218B Wilmington Island Road, the marina docks, on Turner Creek and the Wilmington River.
We always attend to safety issues on the water and docks. You must be in fair physical condition and able to step from a dock onto a floating boat.
What you'll learn
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Introduction to sailing,
safety on the water, sailing physics.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Points of sail, wind awareness, apparent vs true wind.
inspect boats on the dock to identify
components, four knots to know.
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Sailing a course, navigation,
rules on the water.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Weather, tides and current.
two more knots to know.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Review
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - On the water session: teamwork and communication, sailing maneuvers, docking,
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Final review, Q&A,
5 PM - Exam. Types of sailing craft, feedback.
What to bring
Please bring a lunch on Saturday, and plenty of water to
drink throughout the weekend.
The ASA 101 course book, Sailing Made Easy, is highly recommended but not required or provided.
Several handouts will be given out before and
during the class.
Personal Flotation Devices are required; bring your own or borrow one of ours.
Also wear proper boat shoes both days.