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Basic keelboat certification course

Overview

For those interested in completing the nationally recognized certification course, we offer the US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course as a 32 hour intensive course. The BK Certification course covers basic and advanced sailing techniques, including reefing and anchoring. The course fee includes a one-year membership with US Sailing, a US Sailing textbook, a DSC student packet designed specifically for our program, and an official log book. If you have always wanted to learn how to sail, this is the most time- and cost-effective way to do so!

Our Basic Keelboat Program is more thorough, more affordable, and a better value than our competitors. 

The BK Certification course covers the material in the DSC's Intro and Beyond Intro Courses and includes a comprehensive test that is to be taken at the end of the course. Students who receive this certification will be eligible to be DSC skippers

The 32 hour BK Certification course includes the skills-evaluation, test, and certification opportunity. For those who would like additional preparation or materials, consider US Sailing's Basic Keelboat ONLINE.

For complete session dates and/or to register, please click on the session below that fits your schedule.

If the class you want to attend is fully booked, feel free to join the waitlist. We will send an email to the waitlist when a spot becomes available. It is then first come first serve.


Basic Keelboat Schedule

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 30 Oct 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    9:00 - 5:00,  Weekends, Saturdays & Sundays, October 15-16; 22-23 and 29-30

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five+ days of sailing instruction. US Sailing only requires three days; we go beyond. Designed for you to progress from a beginner to a winner, BK course features the top quality instructors, boats, and location for developing your skills. A US SAILING Keelboat Instructor and up to three students are on the water in one of our J22s. They are 22-foot keelboats that are safe, comfortable, and fun.

    We go beyond US Sailing's minimum standards with more time and we go beyond other schools' standards by giving students a workbook specifically developed and tested through years of instruction and revision.

    Students who successfully complete the written and practical on-the-water skills test for this course  will have "demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions…[and] will be able to skipper a tiller-steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length." 

    Prerequisites: None required, but we highly recommend spending some time on boats before committing to the full US Sailing Certification Course. For advanced sailors, you may find the Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Close-Quarters maneuvering
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Chart Basics
    • Reefing
    • Figure-8 Overboard Rescue
    • Tiller extension use

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat, The DSC's Keelboat program packet, and a US SAILING Official Logbook of Sailing. Students must demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and skills in order to receive their Basic Keelboat certification, a globally recognized sailing certification. One enrolled, your instructional packet will be available to you for pick up at the DSC.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 19 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    9:00 - 5:00, 5-Day, Wednesday-Sunday

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five+ days of sailing instruction. US Sailing only requires three days; we go beyond. Designed for you to progress from a beginner to a winner, BK course features the top quality instructors, boats, and location for developing your skills. A US SAILING Keelboat Instructor and up to three students are on the water in one of our J22s. They are 22-foot keelboats that are safe, comfortable, and fun.

    We go beyond US Sailing's minimum standards with more time and we go beyond other schools' standards by giving students a workbook specifically developed and tested through years of instruction and revision.

    Students who successfully complete the written and practical on-the-water skills test for this course  will have "demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions…[and] will be able to skipper a tiller-steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length." 

    Prerequisites: None required, but we highly recommend spending some time on boats before committing to the full US Sailing Certification Course. For advanced sailors, you may find the Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Close-Quarters maneuvering
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Chart Basics
    • Reefing
    • Figure-8 Overboard Rescue
    • Tiller extension use

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat, The DSC's Keelboat program packet, and a US SAILING Official Logbook of Sailing. Students must demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and skills in order to receive their Basic Keelboat certification, a globally recognized sailing certification. One enrolled, your instructional packet will be available to you for pick up at the DSC.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.


     

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The Downtown Sailing Center at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-0722 • info@downtownsailing.org