BK1 - Intro to Sailing
2 day competent crew class
Who is the course for?
The BK1 (Basic Keelboat) course is for those totally new to sailing or who have sailed a little but want to start their formal sailing training from the ground up.
This course is a great place to start to develop a solid foundation to learn to be a confident sailor. It also prepares participants to take the online California Boaters card test.
2 Full Days
Member pricing: $470
Non Member: $560
BK1 Multiple choice test
The ASA 101 Multiple choice test (85% required to pass) and the on-the-water skills test (100% required to pass) are how you get the graduation signature.
PFD and Safety Equipment
We provide a personal flotation device (PFD aka lifejacket) and optional other equipment for your safety. This is required to be worn when outside the cabin while underway. Use it before the boat begins to move to avoid risk when leaving or coming in to the docks.
Find a date that works for you
Need a different date? Give us a call (510) 535-1954
What you will learn
Things you'll learn on the BK1 course Include:
The important things about sailing boats and how they work
How to be a useful and effective crew member
Simple sailing language and theory so you can understand and speak sailing.
How to stay safe while sailing
Three important sailing knots (Bowline, Cleat Hitch and Larks head)
By the end of the course BK1 Participants will have experienced sailing and be ready to sail with friends or family or to progress to the ASA 101 - Basic Keelboat class.
What to expect
Discover the exhilaration of gliding across the water, harnessing the power of the wind, and mastering the art of sailing. Gain confidence as you navigate the open waters, hoist the sails, and steer your vessel with precision.
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking coastal scenery, feel the gentle spray on your face, and embrace the freedom of the sea.
Our comprehensive class offers a hands-on experience where you'll learn essential crew member skills, techniques and terminology from our seasoned instructors.
Schedule and Crew:
Meet at Afterguard Sailing Academy, 1285 Embarcadero (Oakland CA 94606)
This is a three-day Weekend Course, Friday 6pm-8pm lecture. Saturday-Sunday 9:30am to 4:30pm Class spent mostly on the boat on the water sailing. (Weekday schedule can be arranged for the lecture after sailing the first day.)
The written exam is at the end the 2nd day on the water. Must pass the hands-on skills before being allowed to take the written test.
The course max is four students per boat with 1 instructor
What Boats are Used:
In this Course, you will be learning to sail on one of our Ranger 23s unless there is special need for a larger vessel. We have 5 Ranger 23's with outboard enginers and 2 Cal 2-25s with inboard engines.
What to wear:
Layers! Look up the weather for that weekend or weekday series. Dress in layers according to the weather predictions. Vests are a good under/over layer. Use a base layer per the weather and add to it up to a wind-breaker. If raining - bring a waterproof over layer for top and bottom.
Footwear: Soft soled shoes for traction on the deck. Non-marking required or will be scrubbing decks of black marks dark soles leave behind. No bare-feet, open toed or flip-flops. Broken toes are painful and your responsibility. This is a sincere warning.
Headware: Recommend a brimmed hat with a keeper that will not blow off your head, for your time on the water. If cold - bring a warm hat or perhaps a warm ear covering headband.
Hands: Garden gloves with rubberized palms and without finger tips are a plus. If cold warm gloves as well.
What else to bring:
Bring a lunch for both Saturday and Sunday, including water or other liquids to stay hydrated. If you bring a refillable bottle, please make sure you take it with you at the end of your course. Next to sunglasses, they are the most popular item in our Lost&Found pile!
Always bring sunscreen, chapstick and sunglasses. Keepers for glasses and hats can save you lots of money.
There are bathrooms at our facility and on the boats. Please make sure to check in with your teacher about how to use the 'head 'on the boat, before leaving the docks!
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Great course for an introduction into sailing in the bay!
This was the perfect way to become comfortable with sailing. By the end of the course I was confident in all the terminology and functions of the boat and understood how to make adjustments to the sail. I look forward to more time on the water with Afterguard!
Hannah R. (ASA 101 course July 2023)