New England Sailing Center (NESC)

Basic Keelboat Certification

Basic Keelboat Certification

  • Description:

In our two day Basic Keelboat (BK) course you will learn the fundamental principles of sailing. You will experience a mix of classroom and on the water training that will enable you to skipper an 18 to 27 foot keelboat in a safe, confident manner.

The two day certification course combines classroom and three to four hours of on the water training each day. Classroom time focuses on terminology, parts of the boat, knots and theory followed by on the water training. Following the water training session on day two you have the option to take your Basic Keelboat certification written exam as a conclusion to the BK course.

We offer this course weekly with a maximum of four students in each course. You can extend your training to include an optional third day for more time on the water practicing and refining your skills. The BK course is taught on a J22 or J24 boat that are two of the most popular keelboats for day sailing in the world. See the J22/J24 description in the Frequently Asked Questions below. Private lessons are available.

This course meets ASA 101 Basic Keelboat certification standards. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: None

There are no prerequisite certifications required. The only requisite is your desire to learn sailing.

  • Certification: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Certification

Students may choose to complete the ASA 101 Basic Keelboat certification exam after completing the second day’s curriculum. The ASA certification fee is $85.

  • Duration: Two days

Training can be extended to include an optional third day for more time on the water practicing and refining your skills.

  • Cost: $425 per person for the two day course

The cost is $525 per person if you would like to include the optional third day.

  • Options:

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Certification ($85)

Third day for skills mastery ($100)

Incorporation into the Accelerated Bareboat certification program (see description below)

  • Curriculum:

Curriculum for this course includes parts of boat, terminology, personal floatation devices and safety gear, safety at sea including right of way and commands, knots, points of sail, tacks and jibes, basic sail shape and trim, sail raising and controls, docking, man overboards and proper boat put down.

Visit our Basic Keelboat Certification Overview for more information on this course.