Basic Keelboat / Certification 5-Day


The Basic Keelboat course is the most comprehensive learn to sail course there is. 

Whether you want to daysail, cruise or race, J World Annapolis’ US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification course is the place to start your sailing education.

We start the course on board the boat introducing you to the basic boat parts and how to rig the sails. Next, we’ll help you develop wind awareness and its relationship to the boat.  You will get underway without using a motor and move into basic maneuvering drills including tacking, gybing, and points of sail.

The curriculum includes rules of the road, maneuvering in tight areas, light and heavy wind sailing techniques, principles of boat balance, seamanship skills, knots, reefing, anchoring, docking, mooring approaches, crew overboard recovery, basic navigation, introduction to spinnaker, crew responsibilities, and destination sailing.

Classroom presentations include:

Sail Trim and Balance, Principles of Seamanship and Fundamentals of Navigation.  You will complete this class with the skills and confidence to competently skipper or crew a small to medium size keelboat in protected waters in light to moderate wind and waves and the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification is awarded at the end of the course.

Who should take this course?

Anyone interested in developing a strong sailing foundation while acquiring US Sailing’s initital certification, Basic Keelboat.  This certfication is the first of a series and is the prerequisite for further US Sailing certifcations.


US Sailing Basic Keelboat, J World Annapolis certificate of completion.

General Standard

The Basic Keelboat 5-Day graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions.

You will sail on our our fun and sporty J/80,  a 26’ daysailing sloop-rigged keelboat with tiller steering.  It has a large, open cockpit that is perfect for the novice sailor to mover around in, yet is also responsive in even the lightest air and stable in medium to heavy air.

There is no prerequisite for Basic Keelboat Certification or the 5-Day course.

Certification Requirements
Basic Keelboat Certification requires the successful completion of the following knowledge and skill requirements. These requirements are expected to be able to be performed safely with confident command of the boat in familiar waters with a wind range of 5 to 15 knots.  The certified candidate will be able to skipper a tiller steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length.

Click here to view the US Sailing certification requirements.

How will I spend my time?

This five day course runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.  Total hours; 4 classroom, 30 on the water.

How do I register?

This class is offered nearly every week from April 1 to November 1.  Select a date and contact us via phone, email or click on the “enroll now” button at the bottom of the page.

What should I bring?

Comfortable weather appropriate clothing, athletic shoes, and plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.  Lunch can be ordered from us or bring your own!

Price:  $1245

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