First Sail

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What is the First Sail Experience?

Interested in learning how to sail, but not sure if you are ready for a full commitment? Take the First Sail Experience to see first-hand why sailing is one of the most exhilarating activities on Earth!

This unique on-the-water opportunity is designed to provide a memorable experience that will motivate newcomers to continue sailing.

Our growing list of First Sail Locations, comprised of community sailing centers, sailing schools, and yacht clubs are taking the lead.

Participants will learn with an instructor on a stable boat provided by the First Sail Location. Additionally, all First Sail Experience participants will have access to Basic Keelboat Online, a US Sailing online training course designed to prepare beginners for their first time on the water.

A two-hour lesson offered to anyone at an affordable price.


Where to Sail?

Use the "Find a Place to Sail" interactive map to find a location near you that offers these learn to sail type programs. We have over 1,700 US Sailing member organizations nationwide that list their locations and course offerings.

Many of these organizations are official First Sail Locations, who are fully engaged and offer a unique First Sail Experience - an introduction to sailing.

The "Official" First Sail Checklist

Stay Safe!

  • Life Jacket
  • Rubber-soled shoes that cover your toes
  • Water bottle

Stay Dry!

  • Layers of lightweight clothing that dry quickly
  • Jacket that sheds rain or spray
  • Waterproof bag for clothing, wallet, cellphone, etc.

Stay Protected!

  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat with a brim

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