Learn to Sail

The Waterfront Staff is pleased to offer Learn to Sail lessons to the University Community this fall at the Learning Platform. No experience is necessary; however students must pass a swim test. Life jackets will be provided for all students.

Classes / Format

Each lesson will be limited to 6 students.

  • Session 1: Weekends 9am-12, class dates 9/18-19, 9/25-26
  • Session 2: Weekends 1-4pm, class dates 9/18-19, 9/25-26


We will accept registration on a first come, first serve basis. In addition to filling out the online Registration, each student must sign the digital waiver. There is a $75 fee for this class.

Register For Sailing Lessons


All courses are based on US Sailing’s Learn Sailing Right and follow US Sailing’s certification guidelines for the Small Boat Sailor. Instructors are all Level 1 Certified by US Sailing and have up-to-date First Aid and CPR. Curriculum will include: safety, seamanship, wind direction, sail trim and points of sail, proper rigging and derigging, basic knots, maneuvering: tack and gybes, departure and landing, capsizing and recovery.

Boats Used

The boats used will be Flying Juniors (FJs), a 2-person self-rescuing dinghy. The boats have 2 sails and are ~14’ long. They are popular boat for instruction and training and work well for beginner lessons.

Inclement Weather

If the weather is not safe for students to be on the water, the athletic and recreational facilities will be available for off the water instruction. Classes cancelled will not be made up.

Please contact Amanda Callahan via phone (x5325) or email if you have any questions about the lessons.