Where are we located?
The Downtown Sailing Center is located on the campus of the Baltimore Museum of Industry at 1425 Key Highway. You can park in our lower gravel lot and meet your instructor on the compass rose near our docks.
What should I bring?
Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat. Depending on the weather, it might also be a good idea to bring layers of clothing, such as a light jacket or rain gear. We also recommend bringing a pair of gloves if possible - any gloves that provide grip and hand protection are useful. We will provide a life jacket.
When will I receive my course material?
If you live locally, you are welcome to pick up your course material from the office. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to pick it up. Otherwise, you will receive the material the first day of your class.
Do I have to fill out any forms before the class?
If you have not already done so, please fill out our liability waiver on PDFfiller.com. We will have paper copies of this available on the first day of your class if you are not able to complete it beforehand.
Will we have a lunch break?
If you are attending a full day course, you will have a half an hour to 45 minute lunch break. We try to schedule this around noon, but the exact time might vary slightly depending on day's weather. You are welcome to bring a snack and packed lunch, although you will have time to grab food at one of our nearby restaurants.
What if there is inclement weather?
Classes will be held in light to moderate rainy conditions, so be prepared to sail even if it is not a bright, sunny day. We do not sail in thunderstorms. We will contact you if the course has to be canceled or rescheduled due to weather.
What is your cancellation policy?
We guarantee a full refund up to 30 days before the event. We will offer a refund up to 2 weeks before your class, if the space can be recouped. The DSC will do its best to find a replacement student for the course.
I've completed a course and don't own a boat. How can I keep sailing?
Consider becoming a member of the DSC! We have a number of sailing opportunities that will help you continue learning and meet other sailors! Members have the opportunity to attend member sails on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons and are able to go out sailing at other times during the week with a skipper. Members are also highly encouraged to sign up for volunteer events, and there are opportunities for everyone regardless of sailing ability - these events are a great way to improve your sailing skills while also giving back to the community.
For more formal education opportunities, there are always more courses to take at the DSC! If you have taken Taste of Sailing, consider enrolling in Intro to Sailing or Basic Keelboat. If you have completed the Intro to Sailing course, we recommend that you attend a few member sails and then sign up for Beyond Intro when you are comfortable with basic boat-handling skills.
For those interested in sailing on larger boats, the best courses would be Basic Cruising or Bareboat Cruising. Note that these require successful completion of the Basic Keelboat class as a pre-requisite.
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