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Adult Small Boat Sailing
Learn to Sail on Lake Merritt in the heart of Downtown Oakland and the Oakland Estuary! The Lake Merritt Boating Center offers basic through advanced small boat sailing as well as year-round boat rentals. If our classes don't fit your schedule, private lessons can be scheduled. Call 510-238-2196 for more information.
Basic Small Boat Sailing
Prerequisites: Age 16+ and ability to swim
Your entry into the world of sailing! A basic sailing course taught aboard 8-14 foot boats on Lake Merritt. Learn the basics of sailing - safety, boat handling, sail trim, points of sail, knots, sailing theory, crew overboard, and sailing language. Perfect for the novice or returning sailor.
A skills card will be issued upon completion of written and skills evaluations. No Prerequisite. Classes held on Lake Merritt.
Solo Small Boat Sailing
Prerequisites: Basic Small Boat (Dinghy) Sailing or Basic Keelboat Sailing or equivalent, Age 16+
Apply your basic small boat sailing skills to sail our faster Sunfish and learn to single-hand the 14-foot keelboats in this 2-day course on Lake Merritt. Skills include rigging, using your weight to trim the boat, rules of the road, and capsize recovery. Skills card issued upon successful completion of written and on-water evaluations.
Advanced Small Boat Sailing
Prerequisites: Basic and Solo Small Boat (Dinghy) Sailing or Basic Keelboat Sailing or equivalent, Age 16+
Expand your sailing skills sailing at the Jack London Aquatic Center in a mixture of JY-15s, Bytes, and Hobie 16 catamarans in this 2-day course on the Oakland Estuary. Learn how to navigate with traffic, tides, and more wind while you improve your crew work and skippering skills. Skills card issued upon successful completion of written and on-water evaluations.
Prerequisite - Basic and Solo Small Boat Sailing or equivalent
For current class schedules, costs, and availability, and to register for classes, visit our Online Registration site. By selecting the Category "Boating" you can view all of the Oakland boating programs by paging through with the right and left arrows.
For additional questions, or to schedule your private lesson, please give us a call at (510) 238-2196 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org