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The Treasure Island Sailing Center is a US Sailing certified sailing center. TISC's keelboat classes provide a fun, structured learning environment in which students can learn and excel. The San Francisco Bay is an exhilarating place to sail. The Bay is renowned for it's fun challenging weather conditions. 

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Important!

Please sign up for both weekend 1 & 2 at the same time! You can split up your weekends if you like, however we recommend you try to schedule consecutively. TISC can only issue you your US Sailing books and certificate if you plan to complete the certification.

What you get:

Upon successfully completing both weekends of instruction and the written exam students will be issued a US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification sticker, Log Book, and 1 Year US Sailing Membership.

  


US Sailing - Basic Keelboat

Two weekend  US Sailing basic keelboat certification course. It is highly recommended that students plan to take the course on consecutive weekends, however students can choose which weekends they would like to complete their course..  If this is not possible accommodation can be made. TISC does allow students to take only Keelboat Weekend 1 however no US Sailing course materials will be issued.

 
 

US Sailing - Basic Keelboat - Weekend 1
d During the first weekend of our Basic Keelboat series students will work on building a solid foundation of sailing techniques.  They will learn water safety, sailing terminology, sail trim, boat handling, and will get an introduction to the physics of sailing. Classroom time is devoted to understanding how a sailboat is propelled upwind. Other classroom topics include terminology, points of sail, and efficient sailing. Our goal is to get you out on the water as soon as possible. Once you've set sail, our US Sailing certified instructor will work with you on sail trim and boat balance as you sail over the incredible waters of the San Francisco Bay. Students are not expected to swim at any time during class, but there is a chance of getting splashed. TISC has spray gear available. Life jackets will be worn at all times.
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Prerequisite: none
Dates: Weekend Session, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Pricing: $349
 
 
 

 
US Sailing - Basic Keelboat - Weekend 2
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Students will review techniques from weekend 1, but basic sailing experience is assumed. During Weekend 2 topics will begin to become more practical covering basic navigation, crew recovery, and seamanship. On the water students will refine the skills learned during Weekend 1 while practicing the concepts learned in the classroom. You'll return to the dock a bit early on your last day. It's test time! A written test will be administered. Once corrected your log book and certification stamp will be yours!  You're certified!  If for any reason you cannot pass the written or practical test, TISC allows you to join any other keelboat class until you are ready to pass the test at no additional charge.
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Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat Weekend 1
Dates: Weekend Session, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Pricing: $350
 
 
 

Advanced Keelboat - Overview

This course builds on the TISC Basic Keelboat Level I course to hone the student’s skills from that course, while emphasizing an increasing level of ‘ownership’ by the student of the management of the boat. This course closely follows the standards of a Basic Cruising course, with the omission of boat systems and maneuvering under power but adding advanced sail trim and boat handling skills.

 
Advanced Keelboat - Weekend 1
a1 Building of the US Sailing Basic Keelboat(BK) course, participants will review all aspects of the BK while furthering their skills in the areas of docking under sail, anchoring, knot tying and advance sail trim, boat handling, heavy air sailing, and seamanship.  Weekend One is a prerequisite for Advanced Keelboat Weekend Two.
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Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat
Dates: Weekend Session, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Pricing: $349
 
 

Advanced Keelboat -  Weekend 2
a2 Building on Weekend One, participants will continue to advance sail trim, boat handling and seamanship skills while adding emergency, safety, rules of the road and navigational/chart plotting skills.
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Prerequisite: Advanced Keelboat - Weekend 1
Dates: Weekend Session, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Pricing: $350
 
 
 
 

Skills Day 1 - Advanced Sailing
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Goal: For students to become proficient in maintaining points of sail, tacking, jibing, managing speed, heaving-to and reefing.

Skipper’s Duties: Get the boat ready to sail, assign crew positions, give safety briefing, sail the boat safely off the dock at the start of the day and back at the end of the day.

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Prerequisite: Advanced Keelboat weekend one
Dates: Weekend Session, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Pricing: $349
 
 

Skills Day 2 - Docking
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Goal: For students to become proficient in sailing off and on the dock under a variety of conditions.

Skipper’s Duties: Get the boat ready to sail, assign crew positions, give safety briefing, sail the boat safely off the dock at the start of the day and back at the end of the day.

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Prerequisite: Skills Day 1 - Advanced Sailing
Dates: Weekend Session, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Pricing: $349
 
 


Skills Day 3 - Crew Overboard
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Goal: For students to become proficient in performing the Figure 8 and Quick Stop maneuvers.

Skipper’s Duties: Get the boat ready to sail, assign crew positions, give safety briefing, sail the boat safely off the dock at the start of the day and back at the end of the day.

 

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Prerequisite: Skills Day 2 - Docking
Dates: Weekend Session, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Pricing: $349
 
 
 

Heavy Weather Clinic - One Day
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Goal: For students to become proficient in early identification of strong wind conditions and proactive in applying the techniques of de-powering a boat for those conditions.

Skipper’s Duties: Get the boat ready to sail, assign crew positions, give safety briefing, sail the boat safely off the dock at the start of the day and back at the end of the day.

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Prerequisite: Skills Day 3 - Crew Overboard
Dates: Weekend Session, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Pricing: $349
 
 
 
 
 
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