This course is designed for both the novice sailor, as well as seasoned vets who haven't sailed dinghies before! You will get wet in this course - our boats are located at Chatfield State Park and we will be running classes throughout the summer on Saturday afternoons. This course is great for kids and adults - please keep in mind kids under 14 will need to take the course with a parent.
Practical Classes will happen from 1-3pm on Saturdays throughout the summer.
No prerequisites required for this course. Although it would make you feel more comfortable on the water, you do not need to know how to swim.
You will have the knowledge and practical application to be a competent dinghy sailor.
Starting dates are available online, with a new session starting about every 2 weeks (March - September) - Starting Dates. These are the classroom session, but since "Theory 1" is available online, you can really start at any time. You can be studying "Theory 1" within 10 minutes of registering for the course.
- After you have registered, you will receive an automated email with instructions & credentials for our different web sites.
- "Small Boat Theory" and "Know Your Knots" can be taken in any order, but we do request that you have completed "Small Boat Theory" prior to scheduling practical sessions.
- "Small boat theory" can only be taken online and the "Know Your Knots" is available in the classroom only.
- If you have completed ASA101 already, you do not need to retake the "Know Your Knots" class.
- Access to our online "Small Boat Theory", so you can review at your leisure the material covered.
- Three Practicals (on the water sessions, including all required safety gear) on our Topaz Sailboats.
- We encourage our graduates to test for the ASA certification(s) please check our ASA Certification Policies
Please follow this link - Store/Sailing Instruction/Small Sailboat Sailing.
The course is 12 hours in length, all on the water sessions are 2 hours each. The course has two theory session consisting of "Small Boat Theory" and "Know Your Knots", making up 5 of the twelve hours. The remaining six hours are three practical session on the water sailing the Topaz, each practical is two hours in length.
Ashore (Theory 1) Knowledge:
- Terms and Definitions.
- Gear and Equipment.
- Rules of the Road.
- Once you have completed the first theory class, you will be given a userid and password for our online reservation system, so you can start scheduling practicals.
- Final Exam (ASA Certification available upon request).
Ashore (Know Your Knots) Knowledge:
- Clove Hitch
- Round turn and 2 1/2 Hitches
- Figure 8
- Square Knot
- Trucker's Hitch
- Prussick Knot
Skills Afloat include:
- Boarding and Rigging.
- Basic Knots.
- Boat Handling Under Sail.
- Commands and Responses.
- Heading Up, Bearing Away, Tacking and Gybing.
- Making Fast and Snugging Down.
- The full list of items covered is detailed on our Small Sailboat Practical Checklist.