Basic Keelboat Reading the Wind

This introductory Special Membership Skipper’s Package will get you qualified to charter our beautiful boats up to 35′ feet in just 8 days!

THEN – start chartering for 40% LESS!

NOW – Sign up to SAVE OVER $2,000!

Our Basic Sailing Skipper’s Package combines the US SAILING Basic Keelboat and Basic Cruising classes to get you and/or that special someone confidently and competently skippering boats up to 35′! Plus we give you a Bay Cruising Workshop to orient you to sailing and cruising the bay.

But wait! There’s MORE . . .

We’re including MEMBERSHIP initiation!

And that means you have access to the most beautiful fleet of sailing yachts that you can charter at a 40% discount!

Basic Skipper’s Package Includes:First Heal Basic Cruising

  • Basic Keelboat Class, Regularly $1250
  • Basic Cruising Class, Regularly $1500
  • Textbooks and Study Materials
  • Tests and Certifications
  • Bay Cruising Workshop, $75
  • Club Nautique Basic Membership Initiation Fee*, $750
  • One year US SAILING Membership, $65

Package Value: over $3,700

Basic Skipper’s Package: $1695!

*Offer valid through 8/31/21. One year membership contract required. $82/mo dues apply to all membership packages. Prorated $75/year insurance premium not included in the package.


In Alameda call Josh at (510) 865-4700

In Sausalito call Dan at (415) 332-8001

Basic Sailing Skippers Package

Even if you have limited or no experience, you’ll learn all that is necessary to safely skipper sailboats up to 35′. This 8 1/2 day, 67-hour (including Bay Cruising Workshop) course combines both our Basic Keelboat and Cruising classes and will culminate in achieving both of these challenging US SAILING certifications. And now, your package includes two additional days of on-the-water self-study to help you get ready for Bareboat! If you require extra practice to pass, then we will provide additional training at no extra cost!

Basic Keelboat Learning TogetherThe first 4-days (BK – Basic Keelboat) you’ll learn on 26′ Colgate’s with tiller-steering and outboard engines for auxiliary power. Nimble and responsive, yet stable and safe, these sailboats are ideal for learning all the basics of sailing. From rigging and nomenclature through all the basic maneuvers to docking and crew-overboard drills, this course will form the foundation upon which all your later skills will be built.

Then, the next 4-days (BC – Basic Cruising) are taught on 31′ or larger cruising sailboats equipped with wheel steering and inboard diesel engines! In this class, we will transfer your skills to these larger vessels, suitable for day sailing with up to 8 guests or overnight or short cruises for a family or two to three couples. Finally, you’ll develop proficiency in heavy weather sailing, anchoring, and get an intro to navigation. After all this, you’ll have the great fundamentals you need to confidently skipper independently.Basic Cruising Sara Ann

Upon completion of the course, you may attend a Bay Cruising Workshop to learn more about cruising San Francisco Bay! In particular, you’ll get an intro to cruise planning and execution as well as pointers on how to sail most economically. The Club Nautique Cruising Skipper’s Package includes all textbooks, supplemental training materials, US SAILING Basic Keelboat, and Basic Cruising certifications and your first-year membership in US SAILING.


  • Two US Sailing Basic Courses
    • Keelboat Course (4 days/32 hrs/26′ Colgate),
    • Keelboat Test & Certification,
    • Cruising Course,(4 days/32 hrs/29′-35′ sloops),
    • Cruising Test & Certification,
  • US SAILING Membership,
  • US SAILING Logbook and Textbooks,
  • Course guaranteed (Free Review days until you pass),
  • Stay aboard class boats each night (optional),
  • 3 hour Bay Cruising Workshop.

You have 30 days after you are certified to apply 100% of the cost of your lesson toward either a PassageMaker or Ultimate Club Nautique Membership.

Formats Offered

  • Weekday Classes:
    Monday through Thursday 0830-1630 for BK and 0900-1700 for BC. (Requires 4 straight days for BK and 4 straight days for BC.)
  • Weekend Classes:
    Saturday & Sunday 0830-1630 for BK and 0900-1700 for BC. (Requires 4 weekends, 2 weekends for BK and 2 weekends for BC.)
  • Classes may be split between any of our locations.

Cancellation – Any cancellation must be made at least 7 days before your class. Less than one week’s notice will result in a rescheduling charge of $150. The $150 rescheduling fee will be charged for any portion of a 2-day course.