Instruction at the Boston Sailing Center
Our commitment to teaching sets us apart. Over 400 students learn with us every year, making the BSC one of the top adult sailing schools in the country. Yet classes on the water are always small, so you'll receive highly personalized instruction.
Our main courses are Learn to Sail, Advanced, and Cruising. In addition, we offer courses on racing and advanced cruising skills. Qualified sailors can sign on at any level. We also offer series of courses packaged together in our Macro Programs.
Learn to Sail
This is the most thorough and effective beginner's course in New England. Whether you're a complete beginner or a sometime sailor, this course will teach you to sail safely and confidently.
Next Step: Daysailing Membership or Advanced Course
Optional Certification: ASA Basic Keelboat 101
Increase your confidence with advanced instruction in close quarters maneuvering under sail and power, tuning, spinnaker handling, anchoring, and navigation.
Next Step: Midrange Membership, Cruising or Racing Course
Optional Certification: ASA Basic Coastal Cruising 103
Classroom sessions covers mechanical and electrical systems of a full-size cruising boat, the navigation required for day and night sailing in coastal waters, and docking under power. The full weekend sail teaches all the fundamental skills needed to charter and cruise successfully, including entering unfamiliar harbors, anchoring, sail handling and dinghy use.
Next Step: Cruising 30 or Cruising 35 Membership; Coastal Passage Making Course
Optional Certification: ASA Bareboat Chartering 104
Additional Courses for Cruising
Classroom session covers the navigation required for night sailing followed by an evening sail for hands-on practice dead reckoning, position finding, interpreting running lights and applying the rules of the road. This course is ideal for Midrange members who want to be qualified to sail at night but don't want to take the Crusing Course.
Coastal Passage Making
Learn the skills required for making longer passages in coastal waters. This 5-day live aboard course teaches advanced navigation and seamanship and covers GPS, diesel engine trouble-shooting, day and night watches, nighttime landfalls and heavy weather skills. Throughout, we encourage high levels of responsibility and decision-making.
Classroom sessions cover all the important navigational skills such as chart reading and piloting, dead reckoning, position finding, course plotting in the presence of currents and more. This six week, 12-hour course is offered in January and March.
For sailors with little or no racing experience, this course will teach you the racing rules, boat handling, spinnaker skills and boat speed needed to be competitive.
For racers who want to move up in the fleet. Refine your skills in the boat and learn starting techniques, tactics and strategy against our 20 boat Tuesday evening Soling fleet.
If your unsure which course is right for you give us a call. We find that a conversation with our senior staff is often the best way to match your sailing skills and interests with our programs.
If one of our courses does not meet your needs we also offer private lessons.