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Introduction to Sailing (Level 1)

Sailing in the Inner Harbor


Overview

Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

  • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
  • How to interpret and react to the wind
  • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
  • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
  • Basic on-the-water safety skills
  • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

Course Structure

This course is taught over two subsequent days, or over four evenings. The evening option is available during the summer when the sun sets later.

The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water. There are options for weekend offerings or weekdays. 

The four-evening course will be offered on Monday evenings in June and July during the 2023 season. 

Boats and Facilities

This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

Our full-day classes return for a lunch break in the middle of each day, but you should plan to be on the water for up to three hours at a stretch.

Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

Signing Up

For complete session dates, please see below. To register, 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.

Full payment is required to reserve your spot. Space is limited!

Introduction to Sailing Course Offerings

    • 22 Apr 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 23 Apr 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 29 Apr 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Apr 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 06 May 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07 May 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 11 May 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 May 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing 2-day Course - Thursday & Friday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 20 May 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 May 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    Register

    Intermediate Sailing (Level 2): Keelboat Skipper Skill Building

    Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Are you looking to take your sailing skills to the next level? This intermediate-level course is for those competent crew members looking to advance their skills in boat-handling. This course is ideal for those with solid crewing skills (see below) who are looking to advance to the DSC skipper level - the skills learned in this course are tested during the DSC Skipper Checkout.

    During this fast-paced course, you will learn how to:

    • Plan and execute departures and returning to the dock under sail, from all wind directions
    • Perform a person overboard recovery
    • Heave-to
    • Reef sails
    • Adjust sail controls in different wind conditions
    To decide if you are ready for this class, please review the following questions - if you can say YES to all of them, this is a great time for you to sign up! This is not a class to be taken immediately after the Intro to Sailing weekend - practice time (we recommend a minimum of 20 hours on the water, or 6 member sails) in between is required to make sure you get the most out of this Intermediate level class.
    • Do you know how to rig and derig a keelboat?
    • Can you smoothly execute tacks and jibes, handling both the tiller and mainsail simultaneously?
    • Are you adept at identifying where the wind is coming from, able to identify your current point of sail, and trim the sails appropriately?
    • Can you drive the boat smoothly and efficiently from a port tack beam reach to a starboard tack broad reach?
    • Do you know vocabulary for basic parts of the boat and sails, running and standing rigging, and points of sail?
    • Can you tie a bowline, cleat hitch, stopper knot, and square knot?

    If you're not sure if this is the right class for you, our Adult Education Manager would be happy to answer your questions - email lessons@downtownsailing.org to set up a call.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 22 May 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 23 May 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing 2-day Course - Monday & Tuesday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 03 Jun 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 Jun 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 05 Jun 2023
    • 26 Jun 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weeknights Course - 4 Mondays (5pm - 8pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The weeknights course takes place from 5pm - 8pm over 4 Monday evenings. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the time on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 08 Jun 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 09 Jun 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing 2-day Course - Thursday & Friday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 15 Jun 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 16 Jun 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing 2-day Course - Thursday & Friday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 24 Jun 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 25 Jun 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register

    Intermediate Sailing (Level 2): Keelboat Skipper Skill Building

    Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Are you looking to take your sailing skills to the next level? This intermediate-level course is for those competent crew members looking to advance their skills in boat-handling. This course is ideal for those with solid crewing skills (see below) who are looking to advance to the DSC skipper level - the skills learned in this course are tested during the DSC Skipper Checkout.

    During this fast-paced course, you will learn how to:

    • Plan and execute departures and returning to the dock under sail, from all wind directions
    • Perform a person overboard recovery
    • Heave-to
    • Reef sails
    • Adjust sail controls in different wind conditions
    To decide if you are ready for this class, please review the following questions - if you can say YES to all of them, this is a great time for you to sign up! This is not a class to be taken immediately after the Intro to Sailing weekend - practice time (we recommend a minimum of 20 hours on the water, or 6 member sails) in between is required to make sure you get the most out of this Intermediate level class.
    • Do you know how to rig and derig a keelboat?
    • Can you smoothly execute tacks and jibes, handling both the tiller and mainsail simultaneously?
    • Are you adept at identifying where the wind is coming from, able to identify your current point of sail, and trim the sails appropriately?
    • Can you drive the boat smoothly and efficiently from a port tack beam reach to a starboard tack broad reach?
    • Do you know vocabulary for basic parts of the boat and sails, running and standing rigging, and points of sail?
    • Can you tie a bowline, cleat hitch, stopper knot, and square knot?

    If you're not sure if this is the right class for you, our Adult Education Manager would be happy to answer your questions - email lessons@downtownsailing.org to set up a call.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 01 Jul 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 02 Jul 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 10 Jul 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 31 Jul 2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weeknights Course - 4 Mondays (5pm - 8pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The weeknights course takes place from 5pm - 8pm over 4 Monday evenings. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the time on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 15 Jul 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 16 Jul 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 20 Jul 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Jul 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing 2-day Course - Thursday & Friday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 22 Jul 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 23 Jul 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register

    Intermediate Sailing (Level 2): Keelboat Skipper Skill Building

    Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Are you looking to take your sailing skills to the next level? This intermediate-level course is for those competent crew members looking to advance their skills in boat-handling. This course is ideal for those with solid crewing skills (see below) who are looking to advance to the DSC skipper level - the skills learned in this course are tested during the DSC Skipper Checkout.

    During this fast-paced course, you will learn how to:

    • Plan and execute departures and returning to the dock under sail, from all wind directions
    • Perform a person overboard recovery
    • Heave-to
    • Reef sails
    • Adjust sail controls in different wind conditions
    To decide if you are ready for this class, please review the following questions - if you can say YES to all of them, this is a great time for you to sign up! This is not a class to be taken immediately after the Intro to Sailing weekend - practice time (we recommend a minimum of 20 hours on the water, or 6 member sails) in between is required to make sure you get the most out of this Intermediate level class.
    • Do you know how to rig and derig a keelboat?
    • Can you smoothly execute tacks and jibes, handling both the tiller and mainsail simultaneously?
    • Are you adept at identifying where the wind is coming from, able to identify your current point of sail, and trim the sails appropriately?
    • Can you drive the boat smoothly and efficiently from a port tack beam reach to a starboard tack broad reach?
    • Do you know vocabulary for basic parts of the boat and sails, running and standing rigging, and points of sail?
    • Can you tie a bowline, cleat hitch, stopper knot, and square knot?

    If you're not sure if this is the right class for you, our Adult Education Manager would be happy to answer your questions - email lessons@downtownsailing.org to set up a call.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 29 Jul 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Jul 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 10 Aug 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11 Aug 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing 2-day Course - Thursday & Friday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 17 Aug 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Aug 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register

    Intermediate Sailing (Level 2): Keelboat Skipper Skill Building

    Thursday-Friday Course (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Are you looking to take your sailing skills to the next level? This intermediate-level course is for those competent crew members looking to advance their skills in boat-handling. This course is ideal for those with solid crewing skills (see below) who are looking to advance to the DSC skipper level - the skills learned in this course are tested during the DSC Skipper Checkout.

    During this fast-paced course, you will learn how to:

    • Plan and execute departures and returning to the dock under sail, from all wind directions
    • Perform a person overboard recovery
    • Heave-to
    • Reef sails
    • Adjust sail controls in different wind conditions
    To decide if you are ready for this class, please review the following questions - if you can say YES to all of them, this is a great time for you to sign up! This is not a class to be taken immediately after the Intro to Sailing weekend - practice time (we recommend a minimum of 20 hours on the water, or 6 member sails) in between is required to make sure you get the most out of this Intermediate level class.
    • Do you know how to rig and derig a keelboat?
    • Can you smoothly execute tacks and jibes, handling both the tiller and mainsail simultaneously?
    • Are you adept at identifying where the wind is coming from, able to identify your current point of sail, and trim the sails appropriately?
    • Can you drive the boat smoothly and efficiently from a port tack beam reach to a starboard tack broad reach?
    • Do you know vocabulary for basic parts of the boat and sails, running and standing rigging, and points of sail?
    • Can you tie a bowline, cleat hitch, stopper knot, and square knot?

    If you're not sure if this is the right class for you, our Adult Education Manager would be happy to answer your questions - email lessons@downtownsailing.org to set up a call.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 26 Aug 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 27 Aug 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 09 Sep 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Sep 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and fbe on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 21 Sep 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Sep 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing 2-day Course - Thursday & Friday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 23 Sep 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Sep 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register

    Intermediate Sailing (Level 2): Keelboat Skipper Skill Building

    Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Are you looking to take your sailing skills to the next level? This intermediate-level course is for those competent crew members looking to advance their skills in boat-handling. This course is ideal for those with solid crewing skills (see below) who are looking to advance to the DSC skipper level - the skills learned in this course are tested during the DSC Skipper Checkout.

    During this fast-paced course, you will learn how to:

    • Plan and execute departures and returning to the dock under sail, from all wind directions
    • Perform a person overboard recovery
    • Heave-to
    • Reef sails
    • Adjust sail controls in different wind conditions
    To decide if you are ready for this class, please review the following questions - if you can say YES to all of them, this is a great time for you to sign up! This is not a class to be taken immediately after the Intro to Sailing weekend - practice time (we recommend a minimum of 20 hours on the water, or 6 member sails) in between is required to make sure you get the most out of this Intermediate level class.
    • Do you know how to rig and derig a keelboat?
    • Can you smoothly execute tacks and jibes, handling both the tiller and mainsail simultaneously?
    • Are you adept at identifying where the wind is coming from, able to identify your current point of sail, and trim the sails appropriately?
    • Can you drive the boat smoothly and efficiently from a port tack beam reach to a starboard tack broad reach?
    • Do you know vocabulary for basic parts of the boat and sails, running and standing rigging, and points of sail?
    • Can you tie a bowline, cleat hitch, stopper knot, and square knot?

    If you're not sure if this is the right class for you, our Adult Education Manager would be happy to answer your questions - email lessons@downtownsailing.org to set up a call.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 07 Oct 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08 Oct 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing Weekend Course - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and fbe on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

    • 12 Oct 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 13 Oct 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    Introduction to Sailing 2-day Course - Thursday & Friday (9am-5pm)

    Course Description:

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to become a capable and confident crew member at the Downtown Sailing Center? If you said YES, Introduction to Sailing is the course for you!

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and give you the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. During this course, you will learn the following:

    • Basic sailboat-handling skills, including helming the boat and trimming the sails
    • How to interpret and react to the wind
    • How to tie the most frequently-used sailors’ knots
    • How to rig and de-rig a small keelboat
    • Basic on-the-water safety skills
    • Sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and sails, terms for effective crew communication on the water, points of sail, and more.

    We believe in “learning by doing” at the DSC, so the majority of your time will be spent on the water! An experienced instructor will guide you through the curriculum and be on the boat with you at all times. The maximum number of students per boat is 3, to allow everyone plenty of time to learn to drive the boat and trim the sails.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. Our curriculum is guided by US Sailing materials and you will learn proper and safe sailing techniques.

    Details:

    This is an Adult Education course, and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. To enquire about family-based sailing education options, contact us (email info@downtownsailing.org).

    The two-day course takes place from 9am - 5pm each day, with a lunch break in the middle of the day. You must be available for the full timeframe as the boats will spend the majority of the day on the water.

    This course is taught aboard the DSC’s keelboats, and you’ll sail on either a J/22 or a Sonar. Both have a heavy keel to provide stability and will not tip over during your sail!

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Classes meet behind the BMI pavilion, near the gate to the Downtown Sailing Center main dock. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your instructor.

    Life jackets are required to be worn and will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes for safety. We recommend dressing for the weather (it can feel cooler on the water than on land!) and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a great attitude.

    If the course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist - we will contact you if a spot opens up!

    Please review our FAQ page for additional information, including details on our cancellation policy, and let us know if you have any questions (email info@downtownsailing.org).

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

     

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