Basic Sailing Lessons

Our Basic Sailing course consists of 21 hours of instruction designed for the student with limited or no experience in sailing and will qualify members for chartering. Included are 9 hours of classroom lecture emphasizing nautical terminology, aerodynamics of sail, boating safety, rules of the road, radio procedure, anchoring and heavy weather survival.In addition, students exercise practical sailing skills in 12 hours of lab sessions aboard 30 ft boats, with emphasis on sailing maneuvers, docking procedures and “man-overboard” recovery techniques. An additional 2 hour lab emphasizing Aventura charter policies, boat systems, and safety is given to members.
Cost: $275 Non-Member
Location: 24707 Dana Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629

BASIC LECTURES
1. Terminology
2. Safety – PFD’s, Fire, Man Over Board
3. Sailing Checklists, Knot Tying
4. Rules of the Road, Aids to Navigation, Systems
5. Heavy Weather, Anchoring, Examination

BASIC LABS
I. Dockside Orientation
II. Sailing Maneuvers, Man Over Board
III. Docking & Sailing Review
IV. Anchoring, Docking & Sailing Review
V. Members Orientation: Policies & Procedures

SEPTEMBER BASIC SAILING CLASS
August 27 – Sat – 8:00-11:00 am – Lecture I
all students – 11:00-2:30 pm – Lab I
August 28 – Sat – 10:00-12:00 noon – Lecture II
3 choices – 7:00, 12:00, 3:00 – Lab II
September 10 – Sat – 10:00-12:00 noon – Lecture III
3 choices – 7:00, 12:00, 3:00 – Lab III
September 17 – Sat 10:00-12:00 noon – Lecture IV
3 choices – 7:00, 12:00, 3:00 – Lab IV
September 24 – Sat – 9:00-11:00 am – Lab V

OCTOBER BASIC SAILING CLASS
October 1 – Sat – 8:00-11:00 am – Lecture I
all students – 11:00-2:30 pm – Lab I
October 8 – Sat – 10:00-12:00 noon – Lecture II
3 choices – 7:00, 12:00, 3:00 – Lab II
October 15 – Sat – 10:00-12:00 noon – Lecture III
3 choices – 7:00, 12:00, 3:00 – Lab III
October 22 – Sat – 10:00-12:00 noon – Lecture IV
3 choices – 7:00, 12:00, 3:00 – Lab IV
October 23 – Sun – 9:00-11:00 am – Lab V

NOVEMBER BASIC SAILING CLASS
October 29 – Sat 8:00-11:00 am Lecture I
all students 11:00-2:30 pm Lab I
October 30 Sun 10:00-12:00 noon Lecture II
3 choices 7:00, 12:00, 3:00 Lab II
November 5 Sat 10:00-12:00 noon Lecture III
3 choices 7:00, 12:00, 3:00 Lab III
November 12 Sat 10:00-12:00 noon Lecture IV
3 choices 7:00, 12:00, 3:00 Lab IV
November 13 Sun 9:00-11:00 am Lab V

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Advanced Sailing Course

Our Advanced Sailing course is designed for the student with experience on 30-32 ft. keelboats with inboard engines and wheel steering. It includes 12 hours of classroom lectures and 12 hours of on-the-water instruction and will qualify members for chartering boats 33-36 ft. Topics covered in the course include advanced sailing techniques, sail shape and trim, docking, mooring and anchoring procedures, night navigation, marine electronics, heavy weather seamanship and use of the sextant in navigation.

BASIC LECTURES
1. Sail Shape & Trim, Tuning, Balance of Sail Plan
2. Weather, Maneuvers Under Power
3. Night Sailing, Diesel Engines
4. Anchoring, Heavy Weather Sailing

BASIC LABS
I. Advanced Sailing
II. Docking, Maneuvers Under Power
III. Night Sailing, Electronic Navigation
IV. Anchoring, Heavy Weather Techniques
Cost: $300 Non-Member
Location: 24707 Dana Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629

SEPTEMBER ADVANCED SAILING CLASS
September 11 – Sun – 8:00 am – Lecture I
2 choices – 11:00am / 2:00pm – Lab I
September 18 – Sun – 10:00 am – Lecture II
2 choices – 7:00am / 1:00pm – Lab II
September 25 – Sun – 12:00 noon – Lecture III
– TBA – 6:30 pm – Lab III
October 2 – Sun – 8:00 am – Lecture IV
– TBA – TBA – Lab IV

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Coastal Navigation Course

Our Coastal Navigation course, students are introduced to navigation of coastal areas, including use of a chart, planning a cruise, dead reckoning a position and fixing a position by means of a compass and two landmarks. Also covered is navigation under conditions of reduced visibility, reading navigational aids, use of a GPS and position plots when only one landmark is observable.
Cost: $150 Non-Member
Location: Dana Point Harbor, 24707 Dana Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629

COASTAL NAVIGATION LECTURES
Certification Required for Multiple Day Charters
1. Dead Reckoning, Plotting a Course
2. Fixing a Position
3. Electronic Navigation, Planning a Cruise

September 14 – Wed – 7:00-9:30 pm – Lecture I
September 21 – Wed – 7:00-9:30 pm – Lecture II
September 28 – Wed – 7:00-9:30 pm – Lecture III

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