If you are an active adult, and you are looking for private sailing lessons, look no further. The Tempest fleet at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) in Long Beach, California offers a premier experience in learning how to sail.
You will learn how to sail in San Pedro Bay, where the sailing events in the 1984 Olympics took place. The offshore breakwater protects the bay from large waves, and the wind is typically great for learning how to sail.
You will be learning how to sail in a 22-foot keelboat called a Tempest, and it is fun, fast and stable.
ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Instruction
You will receive a total of 25 hours of instruction over four consecutive Saturdays. This includes about 11 hours of onshore instruction and about 14 hours of on-water instruction. Your instruction will be supervised by instructors who are certified by the American Sailing Association (ASA). When you graduate, you will receive a certificate from ASA for completing ASA-101 Basic Keelboat Sailing.
Benefits of Private On-Water Classes
Your private, on-water instruction starts on your first day of class. You will be taking the helm, steering the boat and trimming the sails which move the boat through the water. Over your four Saturday classes, you will be sailing the boat for about 10 hours, which is far more than the amount of sailing time offered by other sailing schools.
Most sailing schools which offer a four-week program typically have three to four students in each boat. This means that by the end of the program, each student will have had about 3 hours or less steering the boat, the most important part of learning how to sail. We simply do not believe anyone can learn how to sail with 3 hours or less on the tiller, no matter how hard they try.
In addition to having more time on the tiller, you will have a very experienced instructor with you in the boat. This means you will have the peace of mind that if you make a mistake, your instructor will spot it and show you how to fix it. This greatly enhances your ability to learn and makes learning how to sail much more fun.
Cost of Instruction Includes Many Extras
The cost of instruction is $450 for ABYC members, $875 for non-members, and it includes:
- ASA’s textbook Sailing Made Easy
- ASA’s Official Certification Log Book
- US Sailing’s The Rules in Brief
- Certification for ASA-101 Basic Keelboat Sailing
- One year of membership in the American Sailing Association
Signing-Up for Classes
The following link will take you to the ABYC website where you can sign up for one of the classes being given in 2019.