Adult Programs


We offer SAILING LESSONS for those sailors who want to improve their skills but do not need certifications and ASA CERTIFICATIONS to all levels for those who want a certification.

With either route you decide, we provide:

  • Stress-free sailing instruction with an emphasis on safety, fun and learning.
  • Sailing lessons to meet your personal goals while also adhering to ASA standards.
  • Private lessons for groups, individuals, couples and families.
  • Family Charters and Lessons along with a chance to learn the live-aboard lifestyle.

    If you are looking for a chance to get out on the water on a smaller boat with others then you need to come to our OPEN SAILING night. If you’re looking for something larger or with a captain, look in the Charters & Rentals menu for our many options or jump straight to the CAPTAINED CHARTERS page to see available boats.

    If you are interested in helping our programs expand and reach more people, please visit our VOLUNTEER and SPONSOR page for more information.



Open Sailing


Starting May 8th and continuing every 2nd and 4th Monday

Pot Luck Dinner the 4th Monday of each Month

Open Sailing times are a great way for sailors of all abilities to get out on the water. You can be a landlubber with no sailing experience, a world class racer, or anywhere in between. Age does not matter either… sailors from 6 to 97, as long as you get around a 14’ boat. Our fleet of 18 FJs and Lasers/sunfish can accommodate over 40 sailors.

Monday Nights
5:00 Rigging and a quick “how to”
– Everyone sailing needs to help rig. (we will show you how)
5:30 Shove off (Simple short course for some fun racing or you can just sail around)
30 minutes before sunset – Head back to the Boating Center.
Sunset – All boats will be put up with the help of all the sailors.

Appropriate attire required, lifejackets provided.

Cost:
Free – Members of Bow to Stern Boating Center
$5/person – Non-Members



Non-Certification Instruction


Sailing Instruction without certification is offered so that you can have personalized instruction that covers exactly what you’re interested in. Prior to beginning class, we’ll spend time determining your goals and develop a curriculum around them.

You tell us who will be in the class, what time works best and you’re able to choose a boat that interests you the most. We’ll provide a qualified instructor so that your goals are accomplished.

Give us a call and let us help you reach your sailing potential!



ASA Certifications


BASIC SMALL BOAT SAILING BSB #110

Prerequisite: None
General Description: Sailors must sail a centerboard or multihull sailboat in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. A preparatory standard with no auxillary power or navigation skills required.

This is a daysailing standard on a monohull or multihull less than 20 feet in length and without a fixed or weighted keel.

Students will be taught the basic nomenclature, points of sail, “Rules of the Road”, safety, man over board procedures, capsize and recovery procedures, and commands associated with a small boat.

BASIC KEEL BOAT
BKB #101

Prerequisite: None
General Description: Sailors must sail a centerboard or multihull sailboat in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. A preparatory standard with no auxillary power or navigation skills required.

This is a daysailing standard on a monohull or multihull less than 20 feet in length and without a fixed or weighted keel.

Students will be taught the basic nomenclature, points of sail, “Rules of the Road”, safety, man over board procedures, capsize and recovery procedures, and commands associated with a small boat.

BASIC COASTAL CRUISING
BCC #103

Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat Sailing
General Description: Able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxillary sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions.

When this class is completed, a student will be able to prepare a boat, leave the dock, sail, anchor, leave anchor, return to dock and “tuck in” a small keelboat. Students will be taught the intermediate nomenclature, points of sail, “Rules of the Road”, safety, man over board procedures, and commands associated with a small keelboat. They will also be able to reef, heave to, understand basic weather signs, and basic navigation.

BAREBOAT CHARTERING
BBC #104

Prerequisite: Basic Coastal Cruising
General Description: An advanced cruising standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30-50 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters. The standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures.

When this class is completed, a student will be able to prepare for departure, leave the dock, sail, anchor, leave anchor, return to dock and “tuck in” a midsized keelboat. They will be able to plan for living afloat during a charter as well as use basic navigational skills to travel from location to location. They will also have an understanding of the systems on a coastal cruiser and how to use and perform basic maintenance on them.

Students are required to act as skipper and crew on a cruise of at least 48 hours during the course.

CRUISING CATAMARAN
CCM #114

Prerequisite: Basic Coastal Cruising, (can be done with) Bareboat Chartering
General Description: An advanced cruising standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30-50 foot multihull sailboat by day in coastal waters. The standard includes those skills unique to a 30-50 foot multihull.

When this class is completed, a student will be able to handle a 30-50 foot multihull sailboat understanding the differences between a monohull and a multihull. They will be able to plan for living afloat during a charter as well as using basic navigational skills to travel from location to location. They will also have an understanding of the systems on a multihull sailboat and how to use and perform basic maintenance on them.

COASTAL NAVIGATION
CON #105

Prerequisite: None
General Description: Able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely sail a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no sailing part to this standard and practical application of this sailing knowledge is found in the Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard.

When this class is completed, a student will be able to explain chart symbols, identify publications that have navigational information, take bearings and convert them between true, magnetic and compass, allow for set and drift, and plot a course taking into account outside forces, determining the course to steer.

ADVANCED COASTAL CRUISING
ACC #106

Prerequisite: Bareboat Chartering and Coastal Navigation
General Description: An advanced cruising standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30-50 foot boat sailing by day and night in coastal and inland waters in any conditions.

When this class is completed, a student will be able to plan and carry out a trip with advanced understandings of weather, safety, anchoring, maintenance, and other aspects of boating. They will also have completed Coastal Navigation.

Students are required to act as skipper and crew on a live-aboard cruise of at least 30 hours during the course. Different night sailing skills are also taught.



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