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Advanced Sailing (Level 3): Basic Keelboat Certification Completion Weekend Course

  • 03 Jun 2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • 04 Jun 2023
  • 5:00 PM
  • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
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Advanced Sailing (Level 3): Basic Keelboat Certification Completion Weekend Course

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

Course Description:

Are you looking to round off your sailing education with the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification? Are you already a competent sailor, with the ability to smoothly execute dockings & departures under sail, the Figure 8 POB, and the Quick Stop?

This advanced-level course is for those who have successfully completed the Level 1 and 2 courses at the DSC and have had adequate practice time to solidify skills. This course will complete the Basic Keelboat curriculum on Day 1, and on Day 2 you will complete the US Sailing Basic Keelboat written and practical exams.

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

  • Anchor a keelboat under sail, including sailing off the anchor
  • Sail effectively without a rudder
  • Fine tune your boat-handling skills through fun drills and skills practice
  • On Day 2, you will take the written and practical exams for the US Sailing BK Certification

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 take this class! This is not a class to be taken immediately after the Intermediate Sailing course - practice time in between is required to make sure you get the most out of this Advanced level class. In particular, you MUST be able to execute both types of POBs and dock smoothly under all wind conditions. These skills will not be practiced in this course, but you WILL be tested on them during Day 2.

  • Can you smoothly depart and return to the dock under all wind directions - upwind, downwind, and crosswind?
  • Are you adept at performing the Figure 8 and Quick-Stop POBs, always approaching on a Close Reach and coming to a stop at the PIW?
  • Do you know how to adjust your sail controls and crew placement for different wind conditions? Are you comfortable sailing in gusty conditions, making the appropriate sail trim and sail control adjustments?
  • Can you heave-to and reef the mainsail while hove-to?
  • Do you know the vocabulary for all of the parts of the boat and sails, sail controls, running and standing rigging, and points of sail?
  • Can you tie a bowline, cleat hitch, stopper knot, clove hitch, sheet bend, and square knot?

For those who have not taken the Level 1 and 2 courses at the DSC, if you can answer all of the above questions affirmatively, you are welcome to join us! If you have any questions as to your readiness and wish to consult with the Adult Education Manager, please email to set up a call.


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

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



The Downtown Sailing Center

Est 1994
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-0722 •